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Dance review: Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ truly a gem for SPAC audience

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George Balanchine created many ballet gems. And his “Jewels” is one of the most sparkling — replete with romance, athleticism and elegance. This evening-long triptych, performed by New York City Ballet on Wednesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, captures the brilliance of emeralds, rubies and diamonds with music (Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, respectively) and dancing that reflects the precious stones’ complexions. The ballet begins with “Emeralds,” that has a setting that makes one ...


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