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Emeralds, rubies and diamonds. In three sparkling movements, master choreographer George Balanchine showcases the brilliant, gemlike facets of classical ballet

Jewels (1967) is one of George Balanchine’s few abstract full-length ballets, and it is among his finest and most stunning works. Now Balanchine’s milestone ballet is to be performed for the very first time in Denmark. Through the three jewels – emeralds, rubies and diamonds – the choreographer tells the story of classical ballet.

The green Emeralds is a tribute to the Romantic French ballet of the 1800s. A sophisticated and dreamlike dance at a hypnotic tempo that almost evokes an underwater setting, Emeralds beautifully radiates a sense of hushed melancholy and longing.

With its sharp, humorous dance steps and kitschy music, the red Rubies exemplifies why the team of Balanchine and Stravinsky were so legendary. The jazz-inflected score features elements of the rumba and samba, raising the pulse of both the audience and the dancers alike.

The music of Tchaikovsky makes the white Diamonds a finely honed tribute to the golden age of the imperial Russian ballet and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where Balanchine spent his formative years. A huge company of dancers sparkles and shines in the large-scale virtuoso finale as the precious gem that classical Russian ballet represents. 


Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music: Gabriel Fauré
Costume designer: Karinska

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Costume designer: Karinska

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume designer: Karinska

Conductor: Perry So
Orchestra: The Royal Danish Orchestra

Expected duration: 2 hours and 10 minutes

2 intervals

22.04.2017 - 19.05.2017