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"Jewels" in Bolshoi

   Jewels has been called the first full-length abstract ballet in history and was created by George Balanchine for his troupe of New York City Ballet in 1967. It had a star future ahead: ballet went around the world and had tremendous success.
 Owing to close collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels performance of the Bolshoi was ‘dressed up’ in exclusive and fine costumes: costume designer Elena Zaytseva and set designer Aliona Pikalova were let into inner sanctum – ‘archival’ facility of jewelry house where they examined most famous pieces that became a starting point for work on new performance.
   Nearly not a single opus on Jewels goes without mentioning of the quote from review of American famous dance and theatre critic of English origin, Clive Barnes. It is so beautifully said that it is hard to resist: "It is open to doubt whether even George Balanchine has ever created a work in which the inspiration was so sustained, the invention so imaginative or the concept so magnificent as in the three-act ballet that had its world première at the New York State Theater last night” (New York Times, 14.4.1967).
   His other quote which is cited less, yet it is quite aphoristic and full of admiration because of its note of humor: Jewels is “like breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Tiffany’s.”
   Because Balanchine’s Jewels are like love affair with a gem, ephemeral like a dream, and not meant to be kept in the treasure box or in the safe.