Balanchine: Jewels [Blu-ray] [2005
This lovely abstract ballet choreographed by Balanchine is the finest fusion between dance and music I have so far discovered. There are three movements, centred on the quality of precious stones as follows:
EMERALDS - Faure provides the music for this gentle romantic movement staged in shades of green with a simple backdrop that focuses our attention on the dancers and their interactions.
RUBIES - Stravinsky is the catalyst for a sprightly movement based in Broadway musicals, a great display of dancing.
DIAMONDS - Tchaikovsky with ice white costumes and elaborate silver and diamond tunics and bodices against a pale blue background with an elaborate diamond motive, so effective there is applause before the dancing starts. I view this movement as homage to Tchaikovsky, but the documentary also views it as woman with a remote goddess like presence.
The excellent documentary on Jewels provides fascinating insights into the minds and thoughts of the dancers as they perform, and greatly enhanced my appreciation of the performance.
Although presented in 1080i format the high bit rate (33 to 34 Mbps) provides excellent colour depth.
Abstract ballets do not get better than this.