Saturday, 21 December 2013

Jewels (ballet)

A different kind of ballet from the Bolshoi will be screened at Cineworld mid-January. George Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewellers Van Cleef and Arpels in the creation of Jewels, a unique full-length three-act abstract ballet which was first performed in 1967 by the New York City Ballet. Each of the three acts is inspired by a different precious stone and uses the music of a different composer to put across Balanchine's vision of them. Emeralds (36 minutes), set to music by Fauré, is infused with a dreamy French romanticism. The fiery Rubies (24 minutes) fizzes with the energy and exuberance of jazz-age New York in its setting of ebullient Stravinsky. Diamonds (33 minutes) uses music from Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony to evoke the high classicism of Imperial Russia.

The Bolshoi production uses new set and costume designs by Alyona Pikalova and Elena Zaitseva respectively, each of whom have incorporated designs from Van Cleef and Arpels in homage to Balanchine's original production.

Cineworld, Sun 19th Jan 2014, 15:00.
Tickets £17.90, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.