Hearts & Arrows is the new choreography from the L.A.dance Project and Benjamin Millepied, and the second part of the Gems trilogy begun in 2013 with the ballet Reflections. The company’s founder and director of the Paris Opera will present his vision of precious stones, supported by a set by stage designer Liam Gillick and a score composed by Philip Glass.
Almost fifty years after Jewels, George Balanchine’s ballet inspired by the sparkle of the Maison’s jewelry, Van & Cleef & Arpels revisits the world of dance. Van Cleef & Arpels’ first ballerinas were created in New York in the 1940s, the fruit of Louis Arpels’ passion for ballet and opera. They met with success among collectors and became one of the Maison’s signatures. It was in New York that Louis’ nephew Claude Arpels - who had settled there in 1939 - met George Balanchine, the well-known choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet. Their shared passion for gems and dance blossomed into an artistic partnership: Jewels, choreographed by Balanchine and first performed in New York in April 1967.