Dancers of The Royal Ballet and members of the creative team reveal why Balanchine’s Jewels is a work loved by performers. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/jewels Among other things, Balanchine loved jewellery and was inspired to create this famous piece after a visit to the New York jewellers, Van Cleef and Arpels. He noted, however, that the ballet, which references different periods of ballet history in each act, had little to do with gemstones except for the costumes which are covered in them. Instead, Jewel is a pure celebration of music and dance. ‘Dancers love dancing it, audiences still love [More]
Hopeless romantic, pure classicist, intellectual modernist — find out how George Balanchine’s many different sides come across in his extraordinary body of work, and how he established the first truly American ballet company