Dance, Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ at La Scala inspired by the creations of Claude Arpels

The March title of ballet at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan is dedicated to George Balanchine. A precious evening that will bring back on stage three choreographic and musical gems, the Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds of ‘Jewels’. In 2011, at La Scala and in subsequent tours, as well as in the revival of 2014, the Scaligeri ‘Jewels’ reunited for the first time obtained the acclaim of the public and critics. Balanchine was inspired by the art of the jewelry designer Claude Arpels and chose a music that revealed the essence of each piece of jewelry (Gabriel Fauré, from Pelléas et Mélisande and from Shyloch for the ‘Emeralds’, the Capriccio for piano and orchestra by Stravinsky for the ‘Rubies’, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D major op. 29 for the ‘Diamonds’).

Each section of Jewels is different in music and atmosphere, and allows us to recognize some fundamental lines of Balanchine’s creative path, of his relationship with music and his chosen composers, with the schools and styles of the history of dance. ‘Emeralds’ recalls the nineteenth-century dances of French romanticism. ‘Rubies’ is bubbly and witty, and fully embodies the collaboration between Stravinsky and Balanchine. ‘Diamonds’ evokes the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Mariinsky Theater, where Balanchine grew artistically.

On 3 March at 6 pm (Reduced from the ‘A.Toscanini’ stages) the scholar and dance critic Silvia Poletti will hold a meeting open to the public entitled ‘Between chorus line and imperial nostalgia. Balanchine’s supreme homage to the art of ballet ‘.