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Ballet in three parts with choreography by Balanchine, music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, costumes by Barbara Karinska, sets by Peter Harvey, and lighting by R. Bates. Premiered 13 Apr. 1967 by New York City Ballet, at the State Theater in New York, with Verdy, Ludlow, Paul, Moncion, McBride, Villella, P. Neary, Farrell, and d'Amboise. Inspired by jewellery in the collection of Van Cleef and Arpels in New York, it is made up of three plotless works united into an evening-length ballet. The first, ‘Emeralds’, is set to Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock; the second, ‘Rubies’, to Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra; the third, ‘Diamonds’, to Tchaikovsky's 3rd Symphony (without the first movement). The ‘Rubies’ section was taken into the repertoires of several companies including the Paris Opera Ballet (1974), Dutch National Ballet (1977), and the Royal Ballet (1989). The full-length ballet has been revived for the Kirov, the Paris Opera, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.


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