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George Balanchine's Jewels (2005)

Not Rated | | Musical | TV Movie 28 October 2005
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 ... See full summary »


Pierre Cavassilas




Credited cast:
Eleonora Abbagnato Eleonora Abbagnato ... Dancer
Jean-Guillaume Bart Jean-Guillaume Bart ... Dancer
Kader Belarbi Kader Belarbi ... Dancer
Alessio Carbone Alessio Carbone ... Dancer
Isabelle Ciaravola Isabelle Ciaravola ... Dancer
Emilie Cozette Emilie Cozette ... Dancer
Nolwenn Daniel Nolwenn Daniel ... Dancer
Aurélie Dupont Aurélie Dupont ... Dancer
Mathieu Ganio Mathieu Ganio ... Dancer
Marie-Agnès Gillot Marie-Agnès Gillot ... Dancer
Agnès Letestu Agnès Letestu ... Dancer
Clairemarie Osta Clairemarie Osta ... Dancer
Laetitia Pujol Laetitia Pujol ... Dancer
Emmanuel Thibault Emmanuel Thibault ... Dancer


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 splendour.

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His Romantically Tinged Classicism Again Proves That Balanchine Is The Champion Of Modern Choreography.
23 March 2013 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This electrifying ballet by the eminent George Balanchine is an abstract triptych, performed to compositions by, respectively, Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, with the ever intriguing choreographer's recognizable use of stage techniques permitting the emphasis of the work to be upon the matchless dancing by members from the Paris Opera Ballet, even upon consideration of designer Christian LaCroix' essay into the medium of classical ballet costuming. Balanchine's inspiration for Joyaux, presented here upon the stage of the delightfully ornamental Palais Garnier in Paris, before a live audience, came from showcase windows of the celebrated Manhattan jewelers, Van Cleef and Arpels, from which originated the disparate gem-based imagery created for the affair: emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The persona of Balanchine seems to be immediate throughout. The French company is one of but six that include Joyaux within their repertories, and this performance makes it clear that the Paris Opera Ballet shall provide a touchstone for Balanchine's dazzling invention for a good many years later than this 2005 production that features a magnificent corps, and the tightly trained Orchestre national de l'Opera de Paris beneath the skillful baton of Paul Connelly. Etoiles and other soloists from the French company sparkle as might the jewels that they depict during this ambitiously staged masterpiece that additionally benefits from the designing of Christian Lacroix that gives the ballet the character of being a brand new creation, despite its public debut in 1967 when performed by Balanchine's New York City Ballet. An Opus Arte DVD is currently the sole video source for Joyaux. It includes a fine documentary: "George Balantine Forever", that features interviews of several Paris Opera Ballet étoiles, and other soloists. These are supplied with optional subtitles. The entire DVD, one that provides excellent visual and sound quality, runs for greater than one and one-half hours, during which it effectively presents a superior ballet creation, one that should become a requisite inclusion for any viewer's dance collection on film as it showcases a great deal of matchless balletic execution.

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28 October 2005 (France) See more »

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