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Jewels - Rehearsal spot

Here are some first impressions of our studio rehearsal from our upcoming premiere of George Balanchine's "Jewels".

Here's the video clip.



Premiere: 2 November 2019 | Reprises: 4, 5 November, 2, 5, 7, 9 December 2019, 27, 29 January 2020

Choreography: George Balanchine | Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Costumes: Karinska | Stage: Peter Harvey | Lighting: Mark Stanley | Conductor: Paul Connelly

First performed in 1967 in New York, „Jewels“ represents the first full-length “abstract ballet” by George Balanchine. The three parts of the ballet, „Emeralds“ (to music by Fauré), „Rubies“ (to music by Stravinsky) and „Diamonds“ (to music by Tchaikovsky) are loosely connected by the idea of gems or jewels; a meeting with the jeweller Claude Arpels was a significant stimulus to Balanchine to create the work. Through the choice of the different composers, the ballet also forms a kind of geographical retrospective of the life of Balanchine, who spent periods of time in France, the United States and Russia. We are very glad to present you this full-length version for the first time at the Wiener Staatsoper.