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Lincoln Center Festival: Bolshoi Ballet / New York City Ballet / Paris Opera Ballet in ‘Jewels’ at David H. Koch Theater

David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center

20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

“George Balanchine’s pure dance masterpiece.” – New York Times

Fifty years after its premiere at Lincoln Center, three of the world’s most celebrated ballet companies come together for a once-in-a-lifetime presentation of George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Jewels. For five performances on the same stage where it was premiered, the Paris Opera Ballet embodies Emeralds. New York City Ballet and the Bolshoi alternate Rubies and Diamonds, illuminating the different facets of Balanchine’s masterpiece like the sun catching on one of its namesake gems.

The three-part, evening-length work traces Balanchine’s life and loves. Emeralds, set to Fauré, evokes the mystery and grace of France. Fueled by Stravinsky, Rubies crackles with jazz-inflected wit and sass, channeling the mid-century audacity of Manhattan. And breathtaking from the moment the lights go up, Diamonds conjures the grandeur of Imperial Russia, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush Third Symphony.

Choreography: George Balanchine

New York City Ballet Orchestra
Conductor Andrew Litton

Set Design Peter Harvey
Lighting Design Mark Stanley
Bolshoi Ballet Costumes Elena Zaitseva
New York City Ballet Costumes Karinska
Paris Opera Ballet Costumes Christian Lacroix

Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet
Rubies: New York City Ballet
Diamonds: Bolshoi Ballet

Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 pm
Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet
Rubies: Bolshoi Ballet
Diamonds: New York City Ballet

Cover: Paris Opera Ballet Emeralds in Jewels; photo: Francette Levieux.


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