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About Jewels

George Balanchine’s full-length masterpiece, inspired by displays at New York City jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels, is made up of three separate ballets — Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds. "Jewels" plays with each of the gemstones as inspiration while exploring ballet style in France, the United States, and Russia. Emeralds, set to music by Fauré, is a forest green meditation in long, Romantic-style skirts, influenced by the French style of ballet — decorous, restrained, pristine. Rubies, set to Stravinsky, is more like Times Square at midnight: bright lights, rushing crowds, a touch of jazz, and just a hint of danger. Diamonds, set to Tchaikovsky, is an homage to Imperial Russia and the grand style of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet.

Run Time

2hr 10min (Inc. 2 Intermissions)

Start Date

End Date

San Francisco Ballet at War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

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