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Jewels: Homage to captivating beauty

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The Bolshoi Ballet's 'Jewels'.

The Bolshoi Ballet's encore performance of Jewels in HD takes place at Palace Cineplex this Sunday

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine's visit to the famous jeweller, 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. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style: Paris, New York, and St Petersburg, each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby and diamond.

Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine's visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.