Live Cinema Season

Jewels

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals

Jewels

Now celebrating its 50th year, George Balanchine’s sparkling ballet still shines with all the brilliance of the gemstones that inspired it.

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Introduction

Jewels uses three gem stones as starting points to explore an array of musical and dance styles, each intimately connected to Balanchine’s own life and career.

Background

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Each of the three movements draws on a different stone for its inspiration and a different composer for its sound. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the lyricism of ‘Emeralds’. The fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet in ‘Diamonds’, with the splendour of Imperial Russia and Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony. Each section salutes a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life. Through it all, Balanchine displays his genius for combining music with visionary choreography.

Credits

Choreography
George Balanchine
Music
Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Set designer
Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume designer
Karinska
Lighting
Jennifer Tipton
Performed by
The Royal Ballet

Performers

Conductor
Pavel Sorokin
Emeralds
Rubies
Diamonds
Piano
Robert Clark
Concert Master
Peter Schulmeister
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Jewels Digital Programme

Jewels Digital Programme
£2.99

Digital Programmes bring together a range of specially selected films, audio clips, pictures, articles, features, news and information, as well as exclusives and updates, and highlights from the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, SoundCloud and Flickr pages. Features are added as the performances approach, to enhance your experience of a production.

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the Jewels production page.