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n a bedazzling display of sparkling artistry, Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) will make history this month with its performance of George Balanchine's masterpiece ballet, Jewels. Never in the history of Jewels has the triptych ballet been executed by three different ballet companies during a single performance. With special permission from The George Balanchine Trust, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West join NBT for this historic presentation taking place October 13 and 14 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. "Our Las Vegas premiere of Jewels represents
an historic milestone for our company and for the cultural life of this city," said Beth Barbre, Executive Director & CEO of NBT. "We are immensely proud to inaugurate our first full season in Reynolds Hall with one of the most beautiful dance works ever made, performed to live orchestra." George Balanchine first conceived of the abstract
Performed by Ballet West this work is comprised of two leading couples, three soloists and a corps de ballet of ten women. Emeralds is an elegant and romantic ballet of fluid movement reminiscent of 19th century France with slow suggestive of lovers meeting, parting and meeting again. Music for Emeralds is by Gabriel Fauré, Pelleas et Mélisande and Shylock.
Performed by Nevada Ballet Theatre, Rubies is an American inspired work of three movements that includes a leading couple, a soloist and a corps de ballet of men and women. Upbeat and jazzy and performed to music by Stravinsky, it is classic Balanchine choreography with quick movements, jutting hips, flexed feet and quick prances.
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ballet in the early 1960s during a visit to famous New York jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels. Taking inspiration from the jeweler's sumptuous wares, Balanchine created a unique three-act plotless ballet representing emeralds, rubies and diamonds, with each part distinct in movement, music and mood. Van Cleef & Arpels, located at Crystals, CityCenter, continues its support of Jewels with its sponsorship of the classic work for the October performances. Known for his genius of marrying movement
to music, Balanchine revealed the essence of each jewel through the music of Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky and conversely, used each ballet as a way to further explore the countries in which he had lived and shaped his development: France (emeralds), Russia (diamonds) and America (rubies). Premiering on April 13, 1967, it continues to be regarded as one of Balanchine's most beloved ballets.