Ballet in three parts (1967) - Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Choreography George Balanchine · Composer Gabriel Fauré / Igor Strawinsky / Peter I. Tschaikowsky | New Production

Thursday, 01. November 2018
06:00 pm

· Emeralds (est. 06:00 pm - 06:35 pm ) · Interval (est. 06:35 pm - 06:55 pm ) · Rubies (est. 06:55 pm - 07:20 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:20 pm - 07:50 pm ) · Diamonds (est. 07:50 pm - 08:25 pm )

Family Performance: 12 years and older · Children's Introductory Event: 05:15 PM

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Premiere at 27. October 2018

Please be aware that we had to temporarily extend our orchestra pit. Therefore your view on the stage might be limited and the distribution of price categories in the stalls are subject to change.

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Musikalische Leitung
Robert Reimer


1. Solo Paar
Prisca Zeisel, Emilio Pavan
2. Solo Paar
Jeanette Kakareka, Henry Grey
Pas de trois
Maria Chiara Bono, Vera Segova, Dmitrii Vyskubenko


Adrian Oetiker
Solo Paar
Nancy Osbaldeston, Osiel Gouneo
Prisca Zeisel


Solo Paar
Ksenia Ryzhkova, Alexey Popov
  • Ensemble of the Bayerisches Staatsballett
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester

The performance of Jewels, a Balanchine ® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style ® and Balanchine Technique ® standards establisehd and provided by the Trust.

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George Balanchine is the father of numerous visionary, neoclassical choreographies, which he created for the New York City Ballet. Balanchine, who had founded the NYCB in the mid-20th century, was at the helm of this innovative company until his death in 1983. Till today his works are brought to stages all over the world. Characteristic for Jewels – a full-length ballet from 1967 – is the fact, that is has no story but puts all the focus on the pure dance alone. Rumour has it that Balanchine drew his inspiration from a jeweller’s display on New York’s Fifth Avenue. So each part of the trilogy is named after a jewel, and each comes in a different style, atmosphere, color and shape - true ballet jewels. On top each piece has its own music. Emeralds opens with lyrical music of Gabriel Fauré, characterized by light lifts, playful arms and noble arrangements. Therewith, Balanchine draws a dreamy world of classical ballet. In contrary to that, Rubies represents a contemporary panorama underscored by Igor Stravinsky’s jazzy Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. The sharpness of the music runs parallel to the dynamic choreography – characterized by speed and precision, high legs and quick turns. Rubies is a winky and flirty play full of strength, in which Balanchine’s knowledge of the Broadway business and show business as such shine through, as does the atmosphere of the wild New York he was living in. The third piece, Diamonds, with music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, is dedicated to the great ballet classics of the Russian tsarist era, which Balanchine knew from his childhood days. Opulence and pomp frame the ballet dancers during a masterpiece marked by solo parts, formations and structures on a high level of technique. Beautiful shapes, elegance, gracefulness and glamour complete the evening.

Igor Zelensky, who used to be frequent guest with the New York City Ballet when he was still an active dancer, has kept a strong connection to Balanchine’s aesthetics. With Jewels he now brings a piece to the stage of the Bayerisches Staatsballett that to this day has maintained the sparkle it had at its world premiere some 50 years ago.


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Robert Reimer works as a conductor in different fields: from opera to ballet, from baroque to modernity, from classical concerts to cross over events. His conductings are available on CD and DVD internationally. Beyond that he is present on TV on a regular basis.

Robert Reimer was born in Luxembourg and was already employed at the Hessisches Staatstheater Darmstadt during his studies in Cologne and Düsseldorf (1991-1995). There he gained first experiences as a capellmeister while assisting GMD Prof. H. Drewanz. Afterwards he continued as an assistant of major conducters such as C. Eschenbach, S. Cambreling, M. Boder, M. Schönwandt, R. Frühbeck de Burgos, B. de Billy, J. Belohlavek, D. Callegari and M. Albrecht during the Salzburg Festival as well as at the opera houses of Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Geneva, Santiago de Chile and Antwerp. Invitations to Cologne, Essen, Wuppertal, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Oslo, Düsseldorf and Duisburg followed. In Duisburg, he debuted with Don Giovanni in 2005 and continued conducting multiple operas as first capellmeister. Ever since Robert Reimer works with outstanding singers in the opera field such as A. Denoke, D. Kuebler, R. Gorr, P. Petibon, R. Trekel, J. Johnson, M. Salminen and A. Dohmen.

During the past view years Robert Reimer successfully debuted at major opera houses, for example:

Berliner Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin (followed by conducting own premieres every year since 2011), Grand Théatre de Genêve, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Finnish National Opera, Copenhagen Opera Festival, Stuttgarter Staatsoper or Grand Teatro del Liceu Barcelona. Thereby he is conducting operas like Manon, Der Freischütz, Eugen Onegin, Die Zauberflöte or Katja Kabánova.

Robert Reimer’s repertoire also includes ballet classics such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Peer Gynt or La Bayadère. His conductings of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with the Berliner Staatsballett were broadcasted live on TV and are available as DVD from BelAir-Classiques. In 2013 Hänssler Classic published a CD of Robert Reimer conducting music of D. Milhaud, H. Sauguet and D. Scarlett with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, better known as the SWR series Les Ballets Russes (Vol. 9).

In cross over projects Robert Reimer works with stars like Chris de Burgh, Ute Lemper, Till Brönner, Joja Wendt and Klaus Hoffmann.

With the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Robert Reimer gives his debut with the Bayerisches Staatsballett conducting George Balanchine’s Jewels.

(Information as of September 2018)

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