Booking from: Saturday, 1 April 2017
Booking until: Friday, 21 April 2017
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (Two intervals)
George Balanchine's fabulous evocation of the brilliance and sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a ballet gem in its own right. Jewels is indeed a suitably glamorous and glittering way to start the new Royal Ballet Season. The exquisite contrasts of mood and music bring the whole Company on stage, at times intimate, at others grand.
The French Romantic music of Faure provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of 'Emeralds', while the fire of 'Rubies' comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky as the 'Diamonds' of this ballet crown.
Through it all runs the vision and genius of the legendary Mr B, one of the greatest of all choreographers. With the impressive techniques and rich interpretations of its soloists alongside the precision and command of the entire Company, Jewels shows so many luminously cut facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself.