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Ballet in HD Returns to the Clark with Balanchine's Jewels

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Sunday, September 23 at 1 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s new Ballet in HD series begins with a broadcast of George Balanchine’s Jewels.  Known as one of Balanchine’s most revered ballets, Jewels is performed by the famed Mariinsky Ballet and is set to the music of Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Running time is 92 minutes. Tickets are $15 ($13 members and students). For tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.

Before emigrating to the West, George Balanchine studied in Saint Petersburg and was a member of The State Academic Theatre, now known as the Mariinsky. Jewels dates from late in his career as a choreographer and was premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1967. Although it did not receive its first performance at the Mariinsky until 1999, it has since become a core part of the company's repertoire.

This performance was filmed by Brian Large at the Mariinsky Theatre and features many of the Mariinsky's most well-known dancers alongside conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Jewels consists of three acts: “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and “Diamonds,” each representing one of the three golden ages of dance. There is a stark contrast in composition and style for each of the three acts, linked only by the dancers' dazzling costumes encrusted with colored gems corresponding to the title act.

For the opening act “Emeralds,” the dancers appear in long green tulle skirts. The demure choreography is reminiscent of the 19th-century French school in its languid and flowing appearance and is set to the music of Gabriel Fauré. Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra accompanies the playful second act “Rubies.” Full of character and wit, its striking angular poses bring to mind the modern New York scene. “Diamonds” evokes the classical era of Imperial Russia, and the dancers, dressed in flat white tutus, sparkle along to the last three movements of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony.

The Mariinsky Ballet (formerly known as the Kirov) is probably the world's greatest ballet company with an astonishing heritage and home to many of the most celebrated dancers. The ballet tours regularly, as well as performing throughout the year in Saint Petersburg.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471


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