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Shine bright like a jewel

By Maria Gregoriou

On Saturday the big screen will once again invite us to enjoy performances by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.

This time, K Cineplex in Nicosia (Engomi) and Paphos will present the three-act ballet Jewels, with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Jewel opens the new season of dance performances, operas, musicals and concerts, transmitted either live or pre-recorded on the big screen.

The ballet, which was created for the New York City Ballet and premiered in 1967 at the New York State Theatre, has been characterised as the first full-length abstract ballet. Choreographer George Balanchine was inspired to create the piece by his visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each represented by a contrasting jewel, namely emerald, ruby and diamond.

The strength of the dancing, as well as the beauty of the music, make the performance a tribute to the art of classical ballet. Fans of the classics are in for a treat, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast this masterpiece.

As the weather is changing, now would be the right time to check out what will be coming to the big screen too, so just know that K Cineplex also has it in the works to screen Gisele, The Nutcracker, Lady of the Camellias, Spartacus, the Taming of the Shrew and Don Quixote.

So, as you can see, Jewels is just the very tip of the iceberg.

Screening of the ballet as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. October 10. K-Cineplex Nicosia and Paphos. 9pm. €10/8.  Tel: 24-819022

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