50th Anniversary Performance of ‘Jewels’
‘Jewels’ is a glittering ballet in three acts, created by George Balanchine who was inspired by the sparkling gemstones at a Van Cleef & Arples show. The abstract performance is returning to the stage at the Royal Opera House in London to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary, as it debuted in 1967 to the great delight of ballet fans and jewel aficionados alike. Watch the stunning trailer below to get the full experience of Balanchine’s vision, which is coming to YouTube and cinemas across the world.
‘Jewels’ is set to play at the Royal Opera House in London from April 1-21, 2017, and tickets are still available to purchase. Experiencing a ballet live in the theater is one of the great delights of entertainment, and well worth consideration if you are in the area. This particular ballet is a delight to see live, especially for the lovers of costume and more modern dance. However, if you’re not in the area, the ROH is providing two great options to still catch the show.
George Balanchine’s abstract ‘Jewels’ was groundbreaking at the time, a vision of exploration into the expanding reach of the art form. Abstract art was all the rage, but dance? The concept, however, was a hit.
First performed by the New York City Ballet in 1967, ‘Jewels’ is now celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with a relaunch at London’s esteemed Royal Opera House.
The choreographer was reportedly inspired by the beauty of the precious stones he saw in Van Cleef & Arpels in New York… imagine Audrey Hepburn gazing longingly at the jewels in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, this must have been startlingly similar to Balanchine’s experience.
You can watch the three-act ballet, often described as the first abstract performance of its kind, in cinemas across the world where it will be live-streamed on April 11th, 2017. A Royal Opera House Insight event exploring George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels will be livestreamed for free on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on 6 March 2017.
TV and radio broadcaster Kirsten O’Brien will host the event, which will feature interviews and rehearsals with Artists of The Royal Ballet and the American choreographer and director Patricia Neary.
Patricia Neary who was a ballerina with New York City Ballet, works for The George Balanchine Trust and is currently responsible for overseeing recreations of his works around the world. The insight also features an in-depth look at the ballet’s ornate costumes with costume supervisor Allan Watkins.
During the Insight performance on Youtube, dance principals of The Royal Ballet Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae will rehearse a section of Act I, ‘Rubies’. After this, fellow principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares will rehearse ‘Diamonds’.
Each section, featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, 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.
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Jewels runs 1–21 April 2017. Tickets are still available.
The production will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 11 April 2017.
What Do You Think?
Will you be watching the tantalizing preview on YouTube, or heading to the cinemas to see the full sparkling performance? What do you think of Balanchine’s inventive ballet, and the gorgeous jewels that inspired him? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!