Why See Pacific Northwest Ballet - Jewels?
50 years of Jewels
A shining beacon within the landscape of ballet, George Balanchine's glittering trilogy is a sure fire highlight of any company's repertoire. Now in its 50th year, Jewels continues to captivate audiences all across the world with its abstract beauty, eye-catching costumes and breathtaking mastery evidenced by the dancers and the legendary choreographer's vision for the piece.
Jewels plays out in three parts, begining with Emeralds, a sultry and nostalgic evokation of the French school of ballet. Romance and style abounds from the moment the dancers appear in the their long tutus, extolling the virtues of courtly love through a haze of perfume and a score by Gabriel Faurve.
Conversely, Rubies, the middle section is a jazzy riff of modernity as scored by longtime Balanchine collaborator Stravinsky. Humor fizzles in this self aware piece, the rich heritage of Emeralds evolved into a streets mart and rhymthic celebration of vim and vigour.
Finally, Diamonds closes the program with shimmering grace and grandeur as inspired by Imperial Russian ballet of the Mariinsky where Balanchine himself received his training. With the lush tones of Tchaikovsky, a whole era and tradition is captured in a entrancing and heart soaring ending.
Performance date: 30 September 2017
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