A BALLET IN THREE PARTS
George Balanchine’s full-length masterpiece, inspired by displays at New York City jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels, is made up of three separate ballets—Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds. Jewels plays with each of the gemstones as inspiration while exploring ballet style in France, the United States, and Russia. 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, a touch of jazz, and just a hint of danger. Diamonds, set to Tchaikovsky, is an homage to Imperial Russia and the grand style of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet.
Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Casting to be announced
Total run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission
Staged by: Elyse Borne and Sandra Jennings
World Premiere: April 13, 1967—New York City Ballet, New York State Theater; New York, New York
San Francisco Ballet Premiere: March 12, 2002—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California