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Thu, Jun 06

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Los Angeles

Sapphires

American Contemporary Ballet's new production. Runs June 6th through the 29th.

Time & Location

Jun 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 29, 2024, 10:00 PM

Los Angeles, 333 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA

About the event

In 1967, Balanchine revolutionized ballet. From an idea suggested by Claude Arpels of Van Cleef and Arpels, he created the first full length plotless ballet. Its theme was simple and beautiful —jewels. It’s three acts: Emeralds, to the music of Gabriel Fauré, Rubies, to the music of Igor Stravinsky, and Diamonds, to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

But Balanchine originally intended a fourth act. Sapphires, to the music of 20th century giant Arnold Schoenberg.

This year, for the worldwide celebration of Arnold Schoenberg's 150th birthday, ACB imagines what this jewel might have looked like, including costumes designed in line with the genius Barbara Karinska’s original concepts, and the exaltation of feminine beauty that was the ballet’s true subject.

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