photo (c) Paul Kolnik
Sterling Hyltin and Andrew Veyette in "Rubies"
Precious jewelry requires great raw materials: brilliant gems cut, polished, and integrated into beautiful settings. Balanchine’s “Jewels” needs the same quality ingredients: brilliant dancers, great training, elegant and at times passionate interpretation of the material, and always harmonious support. These elements came together a couple of times during the first two weeks of New York City Ballet’s winter season. Sterling Hyltin and Andrew Veyette in “Rubies,” and Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle in “Diamonds” showed just what masterful settings those particular jewels could be. But those principals each danced in only one act of a three act ballet on different evenings. Meanwhile the rest of the performances lacked luster in one way or another. Flawless gems are rare.