Balanchine's three-part, evening-long ballet,Jewels, revisits the central pillars of his glorious career. The first of the trio,Emeralds, to music by Fauré, is an homage to the French school of ballet; a Romantic episode in which soft-core lyricism comes to the fore. The second ballet, set to Stravinsky,Rubies, celebrates American dance virtues, filled with sexy Broadway and jazz references. Finally,Diamonds, with music from Tchaikovsky, takes us to St. Petersburg with a dazzling tribute to Russian ballet tradition.
The Paris National Opera Ballet's production features Aurelie Dupont, Marie-Agnes Gillot, Agnes Letestu, Clairemarie Osta, Laetitia Pujol, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Kader Belarbi, and Mathieu Ganio. 152 minutes.