Dutch National Ballet is presenting George Balanchine's Jewels at the Musiektheater in Amsterdam until 26 February. Balanchine was said to be very fond of jewels and his eye was often drawn to the window of Van Cleef & Appels in Fifth Avenue - he frequently passed the jewellers en route to New York City Ballet's studios. On one particular day, he recorded, he saw "one window with diamonds, one with emeralds and one with rubies, and displayed in the centre of each group was a beautiful tiara." Balanchine was "hypnotised" and so the idea to create the ballet Jewels was conceived. The result was a triptych with the first ballet, Emeralds, set to Faure, the second, Rubies, set to Stravinsky and the third, Diamonds, to Tchaikovsky. Each ballet draws on the French, American and Russians schools of dance respectively.
Dutch National Ballet -Jurgita Dronina and Marijn Rademaker in George Balanchine's Emeralds . Photo: Emma Kauldhar.