George Balanchine's Jewels

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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In a Nutshell

George Balanchine’s masterwork in 3 parts showcases French, Russian, and American ballet styles set to a score by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky

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The Deal

  • $30 for one prime-balcony ticket (up to $60 value)
  • $48 for one 2nd orchestra ticket (up to $90 value)
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The Sarasota Ballet: George Balanchine’s “Jewels”

  • The program: a ballet in three parts featuring a sweeping array of styles, from ballet’s French origins to the Russian imperial style
  • The three parts: Emeralds, evocative of France; Rubies, influenced by the choreographer’s experiences in America, and Diamonds, which references Balanchine’s Russian heritage.
  • The score: features evocative works by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky
  • Review: The New York Times states, “It remains a perfect introduction to ballet: Few full-length story ballets are as satisfying as this storyless one”

The Sarasota Ballet

George Balanchine’s Jewels performed by the Sarasota Ballet is segemented into three parts, presents a miniature history of classical dance with references to ballet’s French origins, Russia’s imperial style, the new age of Jazz in America, and Balanchine’s own take on the art form. Founded in 1990, the Sarasota Ballet is still relatively young—but then, ballet is an art form designed for young prodigies. In under three decades, the company led by acclaimed director Iain Webb has cemented its reputation as both a reliable source of ballet standards and an innovative troupe unafraid to break genre conventions. Besides commissioning brand new pieces to stage, the company is known for integrating child-friendly elements into their performances, from puppets to multiplication tables. They've earned high praise from such sources as the New York Times, who found "glittering virtuoso ballerinas" and plenty of "charm, wit, humanity, affection, [and] love of dance itself" on display.

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