NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Music Emeralds: music from Pelléas et Mélisande (1898) and Shylock (1889) by Gabriel Fauré Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Premiere April 13, 1967, NYCB, New York State Theater Original Cast Emeralds: Violette Verdy, Mimi Paul, Sara Leland, Suki Schorer, Conrad Ludlow, Francisco Moncion, John Prinz Costumes by Karinska
Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. “It was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska's direction, came so close to the quality of real stones.” Emeralds, which Balanchine considered "an evocation of Francethe France of elegance, comfort, dress, [and] perfume," recalls the 19th century dances of the French Romantics. All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.