Director: Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Genre: Alternative content
Synopsis: George Balanchine's vivid jewel-themed triptych, strikingly choreographed to the music of Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
George Balanchine's three act masterpiece is renowned as the world's first full-length abstract ballet. The Russian-born co-founder of the New York City Ballet, Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewellery designer Claude Arpels to create a trio of distinct movements revealing the essence of each precious stone. Each part also evokes three very different cities: Paris, New York and St. Petersburg. 'Emeralds' was conceived as a tribute to the French romantic school, with music by Gabriel Faure. The suitably fiery and energetic 'Rubies' taps in to the rich tradition of Broadway musicals, with music by Stravinsky. 'Diamonds' honours the grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, choreographed brilliantly to the music of Tchaikovsky. With its superb jewel-like costumes, this is an extraordinary celebration of the influences on the choreographer who was described as the father of American ballet.