SF Ballet continues its digital season with Jewels which brings together two French principal dancers Mathilde Froustey and Pascal Molat.
Jewels, George Balanchine‘s masterpiece inspired by exhibitions by New York jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, is made up of three distinct ballets: Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds.
- Emeraudes, to music by Fauré, is like a romantic meditation in a green forest influenced by the French style of ballet, sober and immaculate.
- Rubies, set to Stravinsky, is more like Times Square at midnight: bright lights, crowds in a hurry, and a touch of jazz.
- Diamonds, to music by Tchaikovsky, is a sparkling homage to Imperial Russia and to the grand style of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet.
It is in Rubies that you will see Mathilde Froustey and Pascal Molat, our two French principal dancers of the San Francisco Ballet! These are archival footage and the ballet was filmed in 2016 which gives us the opportunity to see Pascal Molat again !! Currently in charge of the junior company of San Francisco Ballet, Pascal Molat is now a “retired” dancer for 5 years …. the rerun of Jewels allows him to “rise from his ashes” as he told us. As for Mathilde Froustey, we will have to wait until the next post-covid season to see her again on stage.
Try to overcome the famous “fatigue zoom” and let yourself be carried away by this ballet: the platform is very well made and we see the dancers ten times better than the best seats at the opera!
More information about Jewels on SF Ballet website https://www.sfballet.org/tickets/2021-season/program-book/#jewels
Merci SF Ballet