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Jewels at Palace Cineplex this Sunday

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Diamonds, to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Emeralds, to music by Gabriel Fauré.

Jewels is all set for the Palace Cineplex at 11:30 a.m. this Sunday.

George Balanchine's three-act ballet, Jewels, is regarded as his first abstract full-length ballet.

The Russian-born American ballet choreographer, who earned the moniker, 'father of American ballet', was invited to the United States in 1933, by Lincoln Kirstein, a young arts patron who shared Balanchine's outlook on the importance of quality dance training in America.

Together they founded the School of American Ballet, and the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Balanchine remained artistic director of NYCB until his death in 1983.

He was revered for his musicality, evidenced by his innovative choreographic skills. He combined standards and technique from his training at the Imperial Ballet School with influences he adopted during his tenure as a guest choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature 'neoclassical style'.

Balanchine worked extensively with leading composers of his time such as fellow Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, notable for his stylistic diversity, and widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

Jewels, the magnificent triptych, was inspired by Balanchine's visit to the famous jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels, on New York's Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone.

He built an homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby, and diamond.

'Emeralds', set to music by French composer, Gabriel Faure, pays tribute to the birthplace of classical ballet, France.

Rubies, set to music by Stravinsky, pays homage to America where Balanchine choreographed for the New York City Ballet, works stemming from a phenomenal partnership with the composer.

the final part, 'Diamonds', set to Tchaikovsky's third symphony, is Balanchine's homage to his St Petersburg past.

Jewels never fails to yield rewards each time it is performed, and is said to be the perfect showcase of the excellence of, and within, the Bolshoi's ranks.

The Bolshoi Ballet is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece, which stars Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

Encore performances of the spectacular new 2015-2016 season of the Bolshoi Ballet, captured live from Moscow, are now showing at Palace Cineplex at Sovereign Centre, Liguanea, St Andrew.

The Nutcracker plays on December 20. Tickets are on sale at participating theatre box offices and via the web at with a Palace Card.

Sources: Wikipedia/Bolshoi Ballet