A ballet in three parts. George Balanchine’s full-length masterpiece, inspired by displays at New York City jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, is made up of three separate ballets—Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds. Emeralds, set to music by Fauré, is a forest green meditation in long, Romantic-style skirts, influenced by the French style of ballet—decorous, restrained, pristine. Rubies, set to Stravinsky, is more like Times Square at midnight: bright lights, rushing crowds, and a touch of jazz. Diamonds, set to Tchaikovsky, is a glittering homage to Imperial Russia and the grand style of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet.
*Note: Rubies and Diamonds will be archival captures.
April 1 – April 21, 2021
Composers: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Streaming access available beginning 6 pm on Apr 1.
To apply your SF Ballet credit, please contact Ticket and Patron Services at 415-865-2000 Mon–Fri, 10 am–4 pm.