The sparkling trilogy ‘Jewels’ from choreographer George Balanchine premiered last week. For this ballet Balanchine got inspired by the beauty of the jewels that were displayed in the windows of New York’s finest jewelers back in the days. ‘Jewels’ is completely abstract, even called the first full-length abstract ballet. The masterpiece features three independent acts that are linked by the common theme of gemstones ‘Emeralds’, ‘Rubies’ and ‘Diamonds’. While ‘Emeralds’ is all about romance in Paris, ‘Rubies’ has passion, intensity, and playfulness energy. The “wow factor” of this part makes Rubies the most successful one out of three. No wonder why it is often performed independently. The final part, ‘Diamonds’, feels like a white fairy tale.
After the premiere we sat down with Edo Wijnen, one of the dancers of the Dutch National Ballet. Edo started at the young age of 10 and got admitted to the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp where he studied for more than 6 years. When he joined the Prix de Lausenne competition in 2009 he met Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet. Ted convinced him to join the National Ballet and so he did 5 years ago. Edo told us more about ‘Jewels’ and his career as a ballet dancer.