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

Tuesday, 20. April 2021
07:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Replay of the livestream of 11 April 2019

Duration est. 2 hours 30 minutes · Emeralds (est. 07:30 pm - 08:05 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:05 pm - 08:25 pm ) · Rubies (est. 08:25 pm - 08:50 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:50 pm - 09:20 pm ) · Diamonds (est. 09:20 pm - 09:55 pm )

Ballettfestwoche 2021

free of charge

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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Peter Harvey
Mark Stanley
Musikalische Leitung
Robert Reimer


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


Dmitry Mayboroda
Solo Paar
Ashley Bouder, Osiel Gouneo
Prisca Zeisel


Solo Paar
Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov
  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
  • 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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Prisca Zeisel was born in Vienna, Austria. Her dance education included the Vienna State Opera Ballet School from 2005 to 2010. Since 2011, she danced with the Wiener Staatsballett. With the beginning 2016/2017 season, Prisca Zeisel joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett as a soloist. She was promoted to first soloist rank in March 2017 and to principal in September 2019. 

(Information as of: July 2019)


  • Second prize Premio Roma
  • Promotion Prize Ball Ballettclub Wiener Staatsoper & Volksoper
  • Karl-Musil Prize
  • Special prize of the jury at the 5. internation ballet competition in Shanghai
  • White hope 2017, tanz – Zeitschrift für Ballett, Tanz und Performance 
  • Second prize Shanghai International Ballet Competition (August 2018) 
  • First prize Vienna Internation Arts Festival 2019
  • Fanny Elßler Prize
  • Third prize 1st Xiamen International Ballet Competition

Repertoire (selection)

Effie in La Sylphide (P. Lacotte)
Carmen in Carmen (T. Rode)
Peasent-Pas-de-deux in Giselle (E. Tschernischova)
Fairy's of Beauty and Joy, Princesse Aurora's friend and Pas de quatre in Sleeping Beauty (P. Wright)
Queen of the dryads, Streetdancer, First Bridesmaid in Don Quixote (R. Nureyev)
Snowflake soloist, Pastorale in The Nutcracker (R. Nureyev)
2. and 3. Shades variations in La Bayadere (M. Petipa)
Grand Pas Classique (V. Gsovsky)
Mizzi Caspar in Mayerling (K. MacMillan)
Variationen über ein Thema von Hayden (T. Tharp)
The Second Detail (W. Forsythe)
Alles Walzer (R. Zanella)
Solo couple in Jewels (Diamonds) (G. Balanchine)

Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Myrtha in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
Moyna in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
3rd Pas de deux in In the Night (J. Robbins)
Leading Soloist 4th movement in Symphony in C (G. Balanchine)
Rosalinde in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Aegina in Spartacus (Y. Grigorovich)
White-Swan-Pas de deux from Swan Lake (M. Petipa/L. Iwanow)
Gamzatti in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
Bean flower in A Midsummer Night´s Dream (J. Neumeier)
Mother / Queen of Hearts in Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland (C. Wheeldon)
Hermia in A Midsummer Night´s Dream (J. Neumeier)
Pas de six in Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Bianca in Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Dulcinea in Don Quijote (R. Barra/L. Minkus)
Mercedes in Don Quijote (R. Barra/L. Minkus)
Olga in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaya in Anna Karenina (C. Spuck)
Dancer in Suntaya and Borderlands - Portrait Wayne McGregor (W. McGregor)
Henriette in Raymonda (R. Barra, M. Petipa)
Title role in Raymonda (R. Barra, M. Petipa)
1st solo couple in Jewels (Emeralds) (G. Balanchine)
Soloist in Jewels (Rubies) (G. Balanchine)
Louise in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Prudence in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Soloist in Der Tod und das Mädchen (E. Liang)
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Ray Barra)

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