Bolshoi, Encore Showing

A ballet by George Balancine in three parts

Conductor:        Pavel Sorokin
Choreography: George Balanchine
Starring:           Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova and the Bolshoi  Corps de Ballet

This three part ballet was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. It celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone:

  • EMERALDS – to music by Gabriel Fauré
  • RUBIES – to music by Igor Stravinsky
  • DIAMONDS – to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built a homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style – Paris, New York and St Petersburg – each represented by a contrasting jewel. Jewels offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece.

(2hr 18min)

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