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Jewels of ballet shine on screen

The Royal Ballet will grace the Rialto theatre screen in Limassol tomorrow with a performance of the George Balanchine ballet Jewels.

The three-act ballet was created for the New York City Ballet and has been called the first full-length abstract ballet. It uses three gem stones to explore an array of musical and dance styles, each intimately connected to Balanchine’s own life and career. These gems, and three related movements, are Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds – causing it to also be seen as three separate ballets.

Three different composers provide the sound for each part. Emeralds brings about a lyricism and romance to the ballet, with music by Gabriel Faure. The fire of Rubies comes from Igor Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet in Diamonds, with the splendour of Imperial Russia and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony. Each section pays tribute to a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life.

Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.

It has been called “the product-placement ballet that became a masterpiece” by the Guardian and “a glittering, precise account of a 20th century classic” by Arts Desk.

Screening of the performance by the Royal Ballet. May 28. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 6.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 77-777745

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