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NYCB Vol. 2 No. 9 - Rubies

Just a Misha/Rubies appreciation post.

After performing at the White House for President Carter, the president asked Misha how he would be able to dance again in the same night at the Kennedy Center. Misha responded: “You get some eggs and coffee and that’s it” (Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times 1979).

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Rubies

All photos by Martha Swope, 1978.

Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Rubies in Saratoga Springs

All photos by Martha Swope, 1978.

Did you know when Jewels first premiered, it didn’t have a name? Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds had been named, but there was an empty spot in the program where the title of the full ballet should have been. Clive Barnes wrote in his review the next day: “As for the title—why doesn’t Mr. Balanchine either revert to his original working title, “The Jewels,” or just call it “Ballet in Three Acts.” Or, come to that, why not just call it “Wonderful!”—because it is.”

(lower left) Marnee Morris

(all others) Patricia Neary

All photos by Martha Swope

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