George Balanchine's choreography "Rubies" embodies the essence of this blood-red gem: sharp-edged, energetic and full of fire, the dancers whirl across the stage to Stravinsky's Capriccio for piano and orchestra. In the process, Balanchine skillfully combines fireworks of complex leaps and pointe dancing with steps of jazz dance as seen on the stages of New York's Broadway. Kaleidoscope images in scarlet celebrate the energetic power of dance.
"In each fleeting appearance I see worlds, full of the interplay of rainbow colors." This line of poetry inspired Sergei Prokofiev's Visione Fugitive, Op. 22, which Hans van Manen used as the starting point for his choreography of the same name in 1990. Full of harmony and dynamics, surprising and captivating, movements and music merge in the fleeting and thus so attractive art of dance. A choreography that touches and inspires, that makes no distinction between the sexes, that makes us forget for a moment the world around us.