Emeralds
Choreography by George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust

A ballet in three parts, George Balanchine’s Jewels was premiered by New York City Ballet in 1967 and was hailed as the first plotless full-length ballet. The gems in Jewels pay tribute to three golden ages of dance and also to the beauty of the ballerinas Balanchine adored. Poetic and flowing, Emeralds evokes France, the birthplace of Romantic dance. Its ballerinas drift on stage in clouds of tulle, whispering of elegance, fashion and fragrance.

Performed by Karina Gonzalez, Joseph Walsh, and Nozomi Iijima of Houston Ballet.


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