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George Balanchine’s glittering three-act ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels.

Each of the three movements draws on a different stone for its inspiration and a different composer for its sound:

  • the French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the lyricism of Emeralds
  • the fire of Rubies comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York, and
  • the grandeur and elegance of Diamonds set to Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony.

Sumptuously beautiful, Jewels offers audiences a unique chance for the Bolshoi Ballet to showcase its dancing strength in depth.

Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Sumptuously beautiful, a fantasy tribute to the art of classical ballet. The Telegraph, UK
Ballet, at this level, is a belief system, and the Bolshoi, remains one of its cathedrals. The Guardian

Jewels - Production Credits

Production is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust

Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Teachers-Repetiteurs Sandra Jennings, Merrill Ashley, Paul Boos
Set Designer Alyona Pikalova
Costume Designer Elena Zaitseva
Music Director / Conductor Pavel Sorokin
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Jewels Cast Rotation*

Emeralds (to music by Gabriel Fauré)

Saturday, 29 June 2019, 7:30pm Anastasia Denisova, Ksenia Zhiganshina, David Motta Soares and Fuad Mamedov
Sunday, 30 June 2019, 1pm Daria Khokhlova, Antonina Chapkina, Klim Efimov and Ivan Alekseev
Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 7:30pm Aleksandra Trikoz, Maria Vinogradova, Artur Mkrtchyan and Alexander Volchkov
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 1pm Antastasia Denisova, Maria Vinogradova, David Motta Soares and Alexander Volchkov
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 7:30pm Daria Khokhlova, Ksenisa Zhiganshina, Klim Efimov and Fuad Mamedov

Rubies (to music by Igor Stravinsky - score made available by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited)

Saturday, 29 June 2019, 7:30pm Ekaterina Krysanova and Artem Ovcharenko
Sunday, 30 June 2019, 1pm Margarita Shrayner and David Motta Soares
Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 7:30pm Margarita Shrayner and David Motta Soares
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 1pm Ksenia Zhiganshina and Artur Mkrtchyan
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 7:30pm Ekaterina Krysanova and Igor Tsvirko

Diamonds (to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky)

Saturday, 29 June 2019, 7:30pm Alena Kovaleva and Jacopo Tissi
Sunday, 30 June 2019, 1pm Olga Smirnova and Artemy Belyakovi 
Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 7:30pm Yulia Stepanova and Artemy Belyakov
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 1pm Alyona Kovaleva and Jacopo Tissi
Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 7:30pm Anna Nikulina and Artem Ovcharenko

*casting is subject to change without notice.

Jewels Synopsis

Jewels is a three-act ballet choreographed by George Balanchine and inspired by the beauty and artistry of the gem stones Balanchine observed in the stores of New York jewellers Van Cleef and Arpels.

Using music from different composers and incorporating different musical and balletic styles, Jewels celebrates the three cities and dance schools which forged the aesthetic and style of the esteemed choreographer.

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