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Jewels / choreography by George Balanchine ; a coproduction Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis ; in association with France 2, Thirteen/WNET New York, Opus Arte.

Video/Projected medium
  • English
  • French
  • Waldron, Heathfield, East Sussex : Opus Arte, [2006]
  • [London] : distributed worldwide by Poorhouse International.
  • ©2006
4 3/4 in. rda
1 videodisc (approximately 152 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary note:
"George Balanchine and the Paris Opéra always enjoyed a special relationship, after Jacques Roché, the 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 a precious ballet arrived at the Opéra national de Paris: Jewels, a work first performed by the New York City Ballet in 1967. This alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, 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"--Container.
  • Wide screen.
  • Ballet in 3 parts.
  • Extra feature: George Balanchine forever / a film by Reiner E. Moritz ; an RM Creative production for Telemondis (approximately 59 min. ; 2006).
  • Program notes by Reiner E. Moritz in English, German and French (25 pages : illustrations) inserted in container.
Creation/​Production credits:
Set and costume designer, Christian Lacroix ; lighting designer, Jennifer Tipson ; TV director, Pierre Cavassilas ; TV producer, Josette Affergan ; TV executive producers, Denis Morlière, Antoine Perset.
Time and place of event:
Recorded live 2005 October-November Opéra national de Paris.
System details:
Disc characteristics: DVD-9.
Clairemarie Osta, Laëtitia Pujol, Kader Belarbi, Mathieu Ganio, principal dancers (Emeralds) ; Aurélie Dupont, Alessio Carbone, Marie-Agnès Gillot, principal dancers (Rubies) ; Agnès Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Isabelle Ciaravola, Emilie Cozette, principal dancers (Diamonds) ; Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris ; Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris ; Paul Connelly, musical director.
Documentary in English and French; with optional subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, or Italian.
Emeralds / music, Gabriel Fauré (extracts from Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock) -- Rubies / music, Igor Stravinsky (Capriccio for piano and orchestra) -- Diamonds / music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (extracts from Symphony no. 3 in D major, op. 29 ('Polish'), movements 2, 3, 4 & 5).
  • Filmed ballets
  • Televised ballets
  • Documentary films
Other title(s):
  • Jewels (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
  • George Balanchine forever.
Parallel title on container:
  • Joyaux
Publisher no.:
  • OA 0951 D
  • OA 1068B D
Universal Product Code:
  • 809478009511
  • 809478010685
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