NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Music Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 (1875) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Premiere April 13, 1967, NYCB, New York State Theater Diamonds: Suzanne Farrell, Jacques d'Amboise Costumes by Karinska
Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. “It was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska's direction, came so close to the quality of real stones.” Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp have written: “If the entire imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence.” All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.