George Balanchine's three-act ballet uses three jewels as their starting points, to explore a variety of different dance styles and music -- each intimately connected to a particular aspect of Balanchine's own life and career.
Each of the three movements uses a different stone for its inspiration: from the French Romantic music of Faure, the fire and jazz-age energy of Stravinsky, to the elegance and grandeur complete of Imperial Russia and Tchaikovsky's 'Third Symphony'.
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