Jewels, Jewels, Jewels

As the Pennsylvania Ballet performs Rubies from Balanchine’s evening-length Jewels at the Vail International Dance Festival, here’s a little essay I wrote for the Vail program:

Jewel Tones

George Balanchine, Mimi Paul, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Suzanne Farrell, circa 1967. Photo by Edward Pfizenmaier.
George Balanchine, Mimi Paul, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Suzanne Farrell, circa 1967. Photo by Edward Pfizenmaier.