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Balanchine’s Jewels: an hommage to dance

Created in 1967 by choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983), Jewels lives up to its name still today. Inspired by the jewelers on New York’s 5th avenue, Balanchine, who loved precious stones and women, offered a magnificent tribute to both. This shiny triptych set with emeralds, rubies and diamonds results in a dream-like choreography, dazzling with the colors of each stone.

For the deep green of Emeralds Balanchine chose Gabriel Fauré’s music and created a romantic tribute to the French ballet school. On a score by Stravinsky, the red Rubies recalls Broadway and his music hall swing style. To the sound of Tchaikovsky’s music, Diamonds embodies the virtuosity of the Russian style as well as Balanchine’s roots as he grew up and learned to dance in Russia.

Three worlds, three dance schools that Balanchine lived through and that made him a major figure of modern ballet. With around 30 talented dancers on stage, this modern classic, in the Bolshoi’s repertoire since 2012, combines elegance, class and excitement. A must-see.

The Bolshoi is the only company allowed by the Balanchine Trust to broadcast Jewels in cinemas and to have worked with Balanchine’s favorite artists like Merill Ashley to stay true to the American choreographer’s style.

For varying dates and locations worldwide, please click here: http://bit.ly/BolshoiJewels

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