The lights are dimmed in the hall and it becomes silent. The curtain rises. Soft, romantic melodies written by Gabriel Faurés start to sound. We dive into a green shimmering reminiscence of past times. And we are spellbound. Last Saturday, George Balanchine’s ballet »Jewels« premiered in the Deutsche Oper and soloists and corps de ballet of the Staatsballett Berlin will live up to the vision of the grand master, who died in 1983, and float over the stage another four times. Legend has it that the choreographer of Russian origin was inspired by the sparkling jewels on display in the windows of 5th Avenue while walking through a snow-covered New York on a crystal clear winter evening sometime in the 1960s. Balanchine converted this composition of treasures, the diamonds and precious gem stones into a feature-length ballet in three acts. It starts with a memory of a fairy-tale-like, romantic France („Emeralds“), continues with a blazing red load of energy and bounce to jazzy sounds („Rubies“) and ends with the reminiscence of the classical Russian ballet and an ode to the jewel of all jewels: „Diamonds“. The female dancers clearly play the main role in this piece – as they did in Balanchine’s life. He was married to four of his ballerinas and his famous sentence “Ballet is a woman” went around the world. „Jewels“ guarantees an enchanting ballet evening that skilfully combines all styles of classical ballet and takes you away to a brilliant, glittering world of physicality, strength and grace. If your heart is beating a little faster now and your eyes have begun to sparkle, we have a special gift for you: we’re giving away a pair of tickets for „Jewels“ at 7.30 p.m. on May 26th. Send us an email headlining ‚MAGPIE‘ to Shine bright like a diamond!
Jewels by George Balanchine with the Staatsballett Berlin | Deutsche Oper Berlin | May 26th and June 10th at 7.30 pm, May 29th and June 19th at 6 p.m. | Facebook