NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Act Two of the ballet JEWELS Music Rubies: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929) by Igor Stravinsky Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Premiere April 13, 1967, NYCB, New York State Theater Original Cast Rubies: Patricia McBride, Patricia Neary, Edward Villella
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.” Rubies is crisp and witty, epitomizing the collaboration of Stravinsky and Balanchine. All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.