George Balanchine's Jewels Ballet de L'Opéra national de Paris Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestre de L'Opéra national de Paris / Paul Connelly Set and costume design Christian Lacroix George Balanchine and the Paris Opéra always enjoyed a special relationship after Jacques Rouché, then administrator, offered the young choreographer the post of ballet master in 1929. Balanchine declined the job, but he created several ballets for the company and came to the Palais Garnier regularly to oversee his works. In 2000, seventeen years after his death, a rare and precious ballet arrived at the Paris Opéra: Jewels, a work first performed by the New York City Ballet in 1967. This alluring abstract ballet is a lyric tribute to women and to the capital cities of the great dance schools. Couturier, painter and craftsman Christian Lacroix created the glorious costumes and sets which, together with the outstanding performances of the dancers and the sensitive musical direction of Paul Connelly, results in a celebration of sumptuous splendor.
George Balanchine's Jewels Blu-ray
- Ballet de L'Opéra National de Paris Choreography George Balanchine Choreography by George Balanchine Blu-ray, 155 min., 2006