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The Australian Ballet presents


A Balanchine masterpiece
Festival Theatre
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7 shows


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George Balanchine’s Jewels is a three-part ballet, visually and thematically structured around the motifs of emeralds, rubies and diamonds, and exploring the idea of movement radiating from the body through each specific jewel.

Making its world premiere at New York City Ballet in 1967, Jewels showcased Balanchine’s atmospheric musicality. These contrasting works reflect his time in Paris, New York and St Petersburg through the selection of scores and the defining visual elements of colour, shape and silhouette. Each of the three acts is distinct in style and mood, set to music by three different composers: Gabriel Fauré for Emeralds, Igor Stravinsky for Rubies and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Diamonds. Opulent costumes and sets unify each of the three sections into one regal whole, showcasing the classical precision of The Australian Ballet’s artists.

A mesmerising spectacle that is both soft and sharp, racy and refined, flashy and majestic, Jewels is a lavish work capturing the company’s celebratory spirit. After spectacular seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and London in 2023, we are delighted to bring this sparkling production to Adelaide audiences.

Each jewel in this ballet has equal beauty and power. Emeralds, soft and mysterious. Rubies, sharp and stylised. Diamonds, brilliant and sparkling. It is a balletic feast for the eye.

— The Australian Ballet Artistic Director David Hallberg

★★★★★ Full marks to The Australian Ballet dancers for imbuing such technically challenging choreography with far more humour and sensuality than is normally found in this act. Their ability to derive such obvious pleasure in their performances is testament to their superior technique, and this carries over the footlights to a very appreciative audience.

— Limelight

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Choreography: George Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust

Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Piotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky

Costume design: Barbara Karinska

Set design: Peter Harvey

Staging: Sandra Jennings

Original lighting design: Ronald Bates, reproduced in 2023 by Perry Silvey

The performance of Jewels, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Jewels has been entirely funded by the generous donors of The David Hallberg Fund.

The Australian Ballet is fortunate to have the support and talent of the Embroiderers Guild and the Country Women’s Association who have so generously offered their time to help create the costumes for this production



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Performance Location: Festival Theatre

A photo taken on the Festival Theatre stage, looking out to the auditorium. The stalls, dress circle and grand dress circle are visible. The house lights are on.

The most direct way to enter the Festival Theatre is from King William Road, near the cor­ner of Elder Park, or Fes­ti­val Plaza. 

You can also walk from North Ter­race via the laneway along­side SkyC­i­ty Casi­no or by cross­ing the foot­bridge from Ade­laide Oval.


If you require an acces­si­ble drop off area, use the dri­ve through zone just off King William Road, approx­i­mate­ly 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is are is acces­si­ble when trav­el­ing north on King William Road. When King William Road is closed for major events, the near­est acces­si­ble drop off area is on the west side of Ade­laide Fes­ti­val Cen­tre, along­side Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under the River­bank Footbridge.

Taxi services

There is no for­mal taxi rank on King William Road, but taxis can use the dri­ve through zone just off King William Road, approx­i­mate­ly 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is acces­si­ble when trav­el­ing north on King William Road. 

The near­est taxi ranks are locat­ed on North Ter­race, out­side the Casi­no and Rail­way Sta­tion, and on King William Street next to Run­dle Mall.

Car parking

The closest parking is available at Fes­ti­val Plaza Car Park, accessible from King William Road or Mon­te­fiore Road. Fol­low the signs on Fes­ti­val Dri­ve and dri­ve down to the low­er lev­els to park near B3 or B4. From there the King William Road lifts will take you to the Fes­ti­val The­atre entrance. Vis­it the Fes­ti­val Plaza Car Park web­site for more information. 

You can also use the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre’s River­bank Car Park or one of a num­ber of near­by city car parks. 

Public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

We want to make your vis­it as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble and offer many ways to assist if sup­port is required.

Accessible Seating

In the Stalls, row W has remov­able seats to accom­mo­date patrons who wish to remain seat­ed in their wheel­chair or trans­fer to a the­atre seat. 


Lifts are locat­ed either side of the Fes­ti­val The­atre audi­to­ri­um with access to all levels. 


Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance Animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio Assistance

Festival Theatre has hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. Please advise the oper­a­tor at the time of booking. 

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