joyaux

George Balanchine

Palais Garnier - from 19 September to 12 October 2017

Photo © Sascha Weidner

Émeraudes

Music
Gabriel Fauré

Rubis

Music
Igor Stravinsky

Diamants

Music
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Conductor
Vello Pähn
Choreography
George Balanchine
Costume design
Christian Lacroix
Lighting design
Jennifer Tipton

Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Orchestre Pasdeloup

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I know everything one can do with a ballerina’s foot. I know all the possibilities. But in a ballerina’s head?

- George Balanchine


George Balanchine, a fervent admirer of the female gender, pays tribute to them in Joyaux, a ballet inspired by the flamboyant window displays of the jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s 5th Avenue. Émeraudes, Rubis and Diamants succeed each other in a skilfully orchestrated triptych, a celebration of the capital cities of the three great schools of dance: Paris, New York and Saint Petersburg. To complete this luminous picture and bring a festive air, the Paris Opera has called upon the designer Christian Lacroix. Who better to bring to life Balanchine’s dream through sets and costumes than this creator of beauty?

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