Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sparkling Gems; DANCE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sparkling Gems; DANCE

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Byline: LYNDSEY WINSHIP

ROYAL BALLET/JEWELS Royal Opera House, WC2 SHOCK, horror: a ballet at Christmastime that isn't the Nutcracker! If dancing mice and snowflakes don't do it for you, the Royal Ballet is offering an alternative in the shape of George Balanchine's abstract triptych Jewels, from 1967, a much more grown-up ballet, though still a suitably sparkly tribute to the season.

The piece is a homage to ballet's past ages, each section modelled in a different style, from Romanticism to Classicism to modernism; Faure, Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky; from Europe to Russia to America, cast in the hues of emeralds, diamonds and rubies.

It's a strong showing from the whole company, who look at home in this tricky ballet. Twenty-year-old Beatriz Stix-Brunell beguiles in Emeralds, a piece where the moves must be as diaphanous as the dancers' absinthe-green net skirts. She dances with youthful ease but also a hint of burgeoning voluptuousness. Dawid Trzensimiech also impresses with watertight allegro jumps and turns. …

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