12 February - 9 March 2025


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Dancing emeralds, rubies and diamonds

Choreographer George Balanchine was not only crazy about women – “Ballet is Woman” is one of his memorable quotes – but also about jewels. The two come together in masterly fashion in his Jewels. In this triptych, inspired by the most exclusive precious stones, the most important choreographer of the twentieth century pays tribute to women, in particular, and respectively to the French, American and Russian ballet styles.

Photo: Angela Sterling © The George Balanchine Trust

Dancing emeralds, rubies and diamonds

Balanchine (1904 – 1983) got the idea for his jewels ballet when he walked past the windows of a jewelry house on Fifth Avenue one morning. The jewelers had set up “one window of diamonds, one of emeralds and one of rubies”, whereby “in the centre of each group, a beautiful diadem was displayed, just like at the court of the tsar”. “I was”, said Balanchine, “hypnotised on the spot”.

International ballet traditions

In 1967, the three types of gems served as the basis for three
glittering ballets portraying different worlds and ballet traditions. Balanchine, who was familiar with each of them, as he grew up in St Petersburg, created his first works in France for the legendary Ballets Russes, and then gained world fame in the United States, as the leader of the company he founded there: New York City Ballet. 

Elegance, dynamism and splendour 

Jewels opens with the refined and elegant Emeralds; ‘an evocation of the France of elegance, comfort, dress and perfume’. Rubies, flashy and razor-sharp, shows the influence that dynamic American life had on Balanchine. And the noble Diamonds, to music by Tchaikovsky, refers to the splendour of the court of the Russian tsars and its affiliated Mariinsky Theatre, where Balanchine began his career.

Start of ticket sales

Single ticket sales for Jewels start on 22 August at 12:00 (pm). Don’t want to miss this on-sale moment? Sign up for our ticket alert and receive a notification when the single ticket sales open.


Choreography  George Balanchine 

Music Emeralds  Gabriel Fauré 
Music Rubies  Igor Stravinsky 
Music Diamonds  Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski 

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Fayçal Karoui

Extravagant jewel costumes
For the Dutch premiere of this choreographic crown jewel, Toer van Schayk designed a plain set whose subtle interplay of lines symbolises the facets of cut gems. The extravagant ‘jewel costumes’ are made following the original designs by Barbara Karinska.

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Production partner

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience. From classical ballet to modern masterpieces, and from music education to talent development, Dutch Ballet Orchestra inspires the movement in dance.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

From 1 August 2024, the Flemish conductor Koen Kessels (1961) will be the new music director of Dutch National Ballet, and artistic director and principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra. He is taking over the baton from Matthew Rowe, who has fulfilled this special dual position since 2013 and who will be returning as principal guest conductor.

Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. One important mission of Dutch Ballet Orchestra is investing in the youngest generation of dancers and musicians.

In 2023, for instance, the orchestra issued an open call for young composers, in collaboration with Dutch National Ballet, resulting in a new work that was presented in the Junior Company’s touring programme, Ten. The orchestra has also been working for some years already with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. For example, the orchestra members provide the music for the end-of-year performances Dancers of Tomorrow.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra has also collaborated regularly on innovative – and award-winning – family and school productions. Creatures, in partnership with ISH Dance Collective, won the international Young Audiences Music Award and the production Hansel and Gretel, received various Musical Awards. Last season, this tradition was continued in the production Beauty and the Beast.