Jewels at New York City Ballet

Jewels (1967), choreographed by George Balanchine, is a visual treat. The ballet is composed of three pieces – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – with scores by Gabriele Faure, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyich Tschaikovsky respectively. With no narrative to convey, each piece is distinct.

Emeralds, was the most somber piece with romantic tutus and an elegant feel. The most memorable moment occurred when the shape of an emerald was created by the corps de ballet. A bit cheesy but I did, however, enjoy the pas de trois.

Rubies, was a jazzy piece that summoned the Charleston with its focus on the legs. The stage seemed to sparkle with the dazzling footwork, intricate spacing and complex timing to match the fantastical score.

Diamonds, was a spritely and enchanting exercise in classical showmanship with grand movements, a large company, and the ever-building music – not to mention Sara Mearns.

All in all, I enjoyed the abstract representation of the jewels with the diverse styles and scores.

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