Lincoln Center Festival Announces Casting for 50th Anniversary Celebration of George Balanchine’s "Jewels" with Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet

Five Performances Only, July 20 -23, 2017! Lincoln Center Festival Director Nigel Redden today announced casting for the unprecedented, international presentation of George Balanchine’s Jewels. The Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet will share the stage where the masterpiece first premiered on April 13, 1967, for five historic performances celebrating one of the greatest creative artists of the 20th century and the global recognition the work has received.
For the opening night performance on Thursday, July 20, Emeralds will be led by Paris Opera Ballet Étoiles Laëtitia PujolMathieu GanioMyriam Ould-Braham, and Mathias HeymannRubies will be performed by New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Megan FairchildJoaquin De Luz, and Teresa Reichlen; and Diamonds will feature Bolshoi Ballet Prima Ballerina Olga Smirnova and Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin. The four remaining performances of Emeralds will be performed by the Paris Opera Ballet with alternating casts also featuring Étoiles Dorothée GilbertHugo MarchandLéonore Baulac, and Germain Louvet. Dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet will alternate in Rubies and Diamonds, with NYCB’s performances of Diamonds featuring Principal Dancers Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle. The Bolshoi Ballet’s performances of Rubies will feature Principal Dancers Ekaterina KrysanovaArtem Ovharenko, and Vyacheslav Lopatin, and Soloists Yulia Grebenshchikova and Olga Marchenkova; the company’s performances of Diamonds will also feature Prima Ballerina Alena Kovaleva and Principal Dancer Jacopo Tissi.
In what is known as the first three-act, plotless ballet, Balanchine’s choreography for Jewels is inspired by precious gems—emeralds, rubies, and diamonds—each, in the eyes of many, showcasing a different international style of ballet. Emeralds, with music by Fauré, represents the French style and evokes dreamy romanticism; Rubies, set to music by Stravinsky, conjures the Jazz Age in America with its wit, energy, and exuberance; and Diamonds, with music by Tchaikovsky, epitomizes the grandeur of the Russian style. 
The New York City Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton, will perform for the complete engagement. Jewels will be staged with the sets from the current NYCB production by Peter Harvey, lighting by NYCB’s Resident Lighting Director Mark Stanley, and costumes from each company’s current production, with the Bolshoi Ballet wearing costumes by Elena Zaitseva, the New York City Ballet wearing Karinska’s original costume designs, and the Paris Opera Ballet wearing costumes by Christian Lacroix. 
Lincoln Center Festival 2017 also features the Bolshoi Ballet in the U.S. premiere of The Taming of the Shrew by French choreographer and Director of Ballets de Monte-Carlo Jean-Christophe Maillot; and Sleeping Water with choreography, scenic, lighting, and costume design by Saburo Teshigawara and featuring special guest Aurélie Dupont, Paris Opera Ballet Director of Dance.  Details about these engagements and the complete Lincoln Center Festival lineup may be found here and at


Bolshoi Ballet, Makhar Vaziev, Ballet Director
New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
Paris Opera Ballet, Aurélie Dupont, Director of Dance
New York City Ballet Orchestra
Music Director and Conductor Andrew Litton
Thursday, July 20 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 22 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet; Rubies: New York City Ballet; Diamonds: Bolshoi Ballet
Friday, July 21 at 7:30pm; Sunday, July 23 at 2:30pm
Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet; Rubies: Bolshoi Ballet; Diamonds: New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Photo: New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle in "Diamonds" from JEWELS, Ballet in three acts by George Balanchine. Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

Photo Credit: © Paul Kolnik