“George Balanchine’s pure dance masterpiece.”
New York Times

Fifty years after its premiere at Lincoln Center, three of the world’s most celebrated ballet companies come together for a once-in-a-lifetime presentation of George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Jewels. For five performances on the same stage where it was premiered, the Paris Opera Ballet embodies Emeralds. New York City Ballet and the Bolshoi alternate Rubies and Diamonds, illuminating the different facets of Balanchine’s masterpiece like the sun catching on one of its namesake gems.


The three-part, evening-length work traces Balanchine’s life and loves. Emeralds, set to Fauré, evokes the mystery and grace of France. Fueled by Stravinsky, Rubies crackles with jazz-inflected wit and sass, channeling the mid-century audacity of Manhattan. And breathtaking from the moment the lights go up, Diamonds conjures the grandeur of Imperial Russia, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush Third Symphony.

Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet


July 20–23 David H. Koch Theater

Choose a Performance

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Choreography George Balanchine

New York City Ballet Orchestra

Conductor Andrew Litton

Set Design Peter Harvey

Lighting Design Mark Stanley

Bolshoi Ballet Costumes Elena Zaitseva

New York City Ballet Costumes Karinska

Paris Opera Ballet Costumes Christian Lacroix

Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm

Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet

Rubies: New York City Ballet

Diamonds: Bolshoi Ballet

Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 pm

Emeralds: Paris Opera Ballet

Rubies: Bolshoi Ballet

Diamonds: New York City Ballet

Premium Packages Still Available

You can also get tickets to Jewels by joining Lincoln Center’s Producers Circle. As a vital supporter of this historic production, you will receive:

-Two premium seats to the performance of your choice

-Exclusive invitations to the opening night dinner and cast party

-Benefits throughout the festival

Made possible in part by the members of the Producers Circle.


Major support provided by LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust


Additional support provided by:
Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer, Lepercq Charitable Foundation in Memory of Paul Lepercq, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and The Joelson Foundation


Endowment support for the Lincoln Center Festival 2017 presentation of Jewels is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.


Bolshoi Ballet gratefully acknowledges the support of its General Sponsor, Credit Suisse.


Choreography by George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust