Jewels (ballet)


Jewels (ballet)

Jewels is an award-winning ballet in three parts created for New York City Ballet by co-founder and founding choreographer George Balanchine. It premièred on Thursday, April 13th, 1967, at the New York State Theater with sets designed by Peter Harvey and lighting by Ronald Bates.[1]

Jewels has been called the first full-length abstract ballet. It can also be seen as three separate ballets, linked by their jewel-colored costumes. Balanchine commented: "The ballet had nothing to do with jewels. The dancers are just dressed like jewels."[2] Each of the three acts features the music of a different composer: Emeralds is set to the music of Gabriel Fauré, Rubies to the music of Igor Stravinsky and Diamonds to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.[3]

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Costumes

The costumes were created by Balanchine's long-time collaborator Barbara Karinska who created a distinct look for each different act: romantic, calf-length tulle skirts for Emeralds, fabric that flared at the hips of both men and women in Rubies, and the flat, classical tutu of the Imperial Russian Ballet for Diamonds. The costumes were such finely crafted pieces of art in their own right that some of them have been exhibited in museums and in theater lobbies. Even Arpels was impressed with her attention to finding the finest trim that would accurately represent the true glitter of genuine gemstones. Additionally, Karinska's painstaking work is credited with making the costumes last despite the sweat and strain of dancing in them. Her designs, needlework and choice in fabrics made them both durable and danceable, illustrating that the bodies inside the costumes were deserving of her utmost respect. When questioned about her attention to her almost extravagant detail she replied, "I sew for girls and boys who make my costumes dance; their bodies deserve my clothes."

Rupert Pennefather and Alina Cojocaru in the Diamonds suite from the opening night of the revival of George Balanchine's Jewels performed by The Royal Ballet, Friday, November 23, 2007

Music

Emeralds

Rubies

Diamonds

Casts

Original

Emeralds
  • Violette Verdy
  • Mimi Paul
  • Sara Leland
  • Suki Schorer
  • 10 additional women
Rubies
  • 8 additional women
  • 4 additional men
Diamonds
  • 12 additional women
  • 12 additional men

NYCB revivals

2008 winter

First cast
Emeralds
  • Ashley Bouder
  • Sara Mearns
  • Alina Dronova
  • Ana Sophia Scheller
  • Stephen Hanna
  • Jonathan Stafford
  • Antonio Carmena
Rubies
Diamonds
  • Philip Neal
Second cast
t.b.a.

2008 spring

First cast
Emeralds
  • Rachel Rutherford
  • Sara Mearns
  • Alina Dronova
  • Ana Sophia Scheller
  • Stephen Hanna
  • Jonathan Stafford
  • Sean Suozzi
Rubies
  • Ashley Bouder
  • Teresa Reichlen
Diamonds
  • Philip Neal
Second cast
Emeralds
  • Ashley Bouder
  • Abi Stafford
  • Ashley Laracey
  • Glenn Keenan
  • Jared Angle
  • Ask la Cour
  • Robert Fairchild
Rubies
Diamonds
  • Sara Mearns
Third cast
Emeralds
  • Rachel Rutherford
  • Sara Mearns
  • Alina Dronova
  • Ana Sophia Scheller
  • Stephen Hanna
  • Jonathan Stafford
  • Sean Suozzi
Rubies
  • Ashley Bouder
  • Teresa Reichlen
Diamonds
  • Philip Neal

2010 winter

t.b.a.

Stagings (other than NYCB)

  • 1999 Ballet Austin
  • 1999 Carolina Ballet
  • 1999 Mariinsky Ballet
  • 1999 Cincinnati Ballet
  • 1999 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 1999 Pennsylvania Ballet
  • 1999 Royal Danish Ballet
  • 1999 Sacramento Ballet
  • 2000 National Ballet of Canada
  • 2000 Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • 2000 Dutch National Ballet
  • 2000 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2000 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • 2001 Ballet National de Marseille
  • 2001 Ballet NY
  • 2002 Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
  • 2002 Kirov Ballet [venues 1][venues 2]
  • 2002 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2002 San Francisco Ballet
  • 2002 San Francisco Ballet
  • 2002 San Francisco Ballet
  • 2002 San Francisco Ballet
  • 2002 Texas Ballet
  • 2003 BalletMet [companies 14]
  • 2003 Oregon Ballet Theatre
  • 2003 Washington Ballet
  • 2003 Cincinnati Ballet
  • 2003 Milwaukee Ballet
  • 2003 National Ballet of Canada
  • 2003 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2003 Zurich Ballet
  • 2004 Capetown City Ballet
  • 2004 Boston Ballet
  • 2004 Colorado Ballet
  • 2004 Finnish National Ballet
  • 2004 La Scala
  • 2004 Louisville Ballet
  • 2004 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2004 Sacramento Ballet
  • 2005 Scottish National Ballet
  • 2005 Suzanne Farrell Ballet
  • 2005 Teatro Colón
  • 2005 Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • 2006 Chamberlain Ballet
  • 2006 Hamburg Ballet
  • 2006 Alberta Ballet
  • 2006 City Ballet of San Diego
  • 2006 Dutch National Ballet
  • 2006 Kirov Ballet
  • 2006 Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • 2006 San Francisco Ballet
  • 2007 Festival Ballet [notes 1]
  • 2007 Ballet Arizona [notes 1]
  • 2007 Los Angeles Ballet
  • 2007 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2007 Royal Ballet, London
  • 2008 Charleston Ballet Theatre [notes 1]
  • 2008 Hong Kong Ballet [notes 1]
  • 2008 Nevada Ballet Theatre [notes 1]
  • 2008 Los Angeles Ballet [notes 1]
  • 2008 National Ballet of Canada [notes 1]
  • 2008 Paris Opera Ballet
  • 2008 Royal Ballet, London
  • 2008 Suzanne Farrell Ballet [notes 2]
  • 2009 Scottish National Ballet [notes 1]
  • 2011 Ballet Dortmund [notes 1]
  • 2011 Semperoper Ballett
  • 2011 La Scala
  • 2011 Royal Ballet, London

notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rubies
  2. ^ Diamonds

venues

  1. ^ John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  2. ^ Metropolitan Opera Association

companies

  1. ^ Garnier
  2. ^ Ballett des Opernhauses Zurich
  3. ^ closed
  4. ^ East Berlin
  5. ^ Strasbourg, France
  6. ^ Koninklijk Ballet Van Vlaanderen/Royal Flemish Ballet
  7. ^ New York
  8. ^ formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet
  9. ^ France
  10. ^ Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal—Johannesburg, South Africa
  11. ^ a b Berlin
  12. ^ Corpo do Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy
  13. ^ Japan
  14. ^ Columbus, Ohio

Quotes

"It is open to doubt whether even George Balanchine has ever created a work in which the inspiration was so sustained, the invention so imaginative or the concept so magnificent as in the three-act ballet that had its world première at the New York State Theater last night." Clive Barnes[4]

Awards

In 2008, the Royal Ballet won two Laurence Olivier Awards, for their company premiere of Jewels at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This was the first performance of the full length ballet by the company, picking up the awards for Best New Dance Production and Outstanding Achievement in Dance. The Olivier Awards are the highest honour in professional British theatre and are equivalent to Broadway's Tony Awards.

DVD recordings

  • Balanchine – Jewels by the Paris Opera Ballet (2000). With Aurelie Dupont, Alessio Carbone, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnes Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Clairemarie Osta and Kader Belarbi.[5]
  • Choreography by Balanchine by the New York City Ballet (1979). With Suzanne Farrell and Merrill Ashley.[6]
  • Jewels by the Mariinsky Ballet (2011). With Irina Golub, Uliana Lopatkina, Igor Zelensky, Andrian Fadeyev, Zhanna Ayupova[7]

Footnotes

  1. ^ The ballet went officially untitled at the première.
  2. ^ Nancy Reynolds, Repertory in Review (New York: Dial Press, 1977), p. 247.
  3. ^ Ballet Notes, BalletMet Columbus
  4. ^ NY Times, Friday, April 14, 1967
  5. ^ Amazon.com: Balanchine – Jewels / Aurelie Dupont, Alessio Carbone, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnes Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Clairemarie Osta, Kader Belarbi, Paris Opera Ballet: Movies & TV: Mathieu Ganio Laetitia Pujol, Eleonora Abbagnato, Emmanuel Thibault Nolwenn Daniel
  6. ^ Amazon.com: Choreography By Balanchine / Tzigane, Andante from Divertimento No 15, The Four Temperaments, Selections from Jewels, Stravinsky Violin Concerto: Movies & TV: New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Merrill Ashley
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Jewels-Mariinsky-Ballet/dp/B005HK8KZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1315763518&sr=1-1

References

  • Playbill, NYCB, Wednesday, January 2, 2008
  • Playbill, NYCB, Saturday, May 31, 2008
  • Playbill, NYCB, Saturday, June 7, 2008
  • Repertory Week, NYCB, Winter season, 2008 repertory, week 1

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