New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns Will Perform in JEWELS

Performances run June 15 – 22.  

By: Apr. 18, 2024
New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns Will Perform in JEWELS
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 Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, will appear as a Principal Guest Artist in George Balanchine’s Jewels, onstage June 15 – 22.  

An internationally celebrated dancer and acclaimed Balanchine interpreter, Mearns is in demand as a guest artist around the world. Toronto audiences will have a unique opportunity to see Mearns perform in each act of Jewels over three consecutive evenings. Mearns will dance Emeralds on June 19 at 7:30 pm, makes her debut in Rubies on June 20 at 7:30 pm and will perform Diamonds on June 21 at 7:30 pm. 

Mearns performed previously with the National Ballet in June 2023 when she made her debut as Juliet in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet dancing opposite Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté. 

"It is such an honour to come back and perform with the National Ballet. I was living in a dream last summer with Romeo and Juliet, so to be able to come back and perform something that is in my blood, feels even more dream-like,” said Mearns. “This company and dancers are so special, and I’m pinching myself that this is happening. I am so excited to be making another Balanchine debut with Rubies and getting to share this experience with Toronto audiences." 

"I am thrilled to welcome Sara back to the National Ballet as she joins us to perform all three acts in Jewels over three consecutive nights. This unique insight into her artistry and experience with Balanchine’s choreography will be an event not to be missed,” said Muir. 

Balanchine’s 1967 glittering triptych Jewels evokes the radiance and architecture of the precious stones that each act is named after, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, each set to the music of a different composer, Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Often appearing as standalone pieces, even though it was conceived as a full-length plotless ballet, the National Ballet last performed Jewels in its entirety in 2006. 

Full company casting will be announced at a later date. 

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