New York City Ballet Performs George Balanchine's "Jewels," Piece Featured on Nonesuch "Dance in America" DVD
The New York City Ballet begins a limited run of George Balanchine's beloved Jewels, featuring music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, at Lincoln Center tonight, with an additional five performances only to follow through June 11. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels and chose music for the piece that would reveal the essence of each jewel. Two selections from Jewels—Emeralds (Fauré) and Diamonds (Tchaikovsky)—are included in the Nonesuch DVD of the New York City Ballet's 1977 performance from the acclaimed PBS series Dance in America, available in the Nonesuch Store.
Among the New York City Ballet's other offerings for the 2010-11 season were performances of Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, with music by Mozart, The Four Temperaments, with music by Hindemith, and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, all of which appear on the DVD as well.
The New York Times has described the works featured on the DVD as "masterpieces." The Los Angeles Times says they became "instant classics" when filmed for Dance in America, "treasurable—offering an enlightened approach to adapting theatrical dance for television.”