Rubies are a Valentine’s best friend

GR Ballet

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) There’s a unique set of performances coming up at Grand Rapids Ballet, just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Rubies for Valentine’s Day” is made up of three ballets.

The first is called “Rubies”, choreographed by George Balanchine. It is one of three acts of the award-winning ballet “Jewels”, created for the New York City Ballet.

Next is “The Moor’s Pavane”, choreographed by Jose Limon. It’s a 20 minute ballet based on the tragedy of Othello, by William Shakespeare.

Third is “Bolero”, choreographed by Mario Radacovsky. It’s a take on the famous music by Ravel, combining the sensually combative cadence with the most refined mode of competition: chess.

“Rubies for Valentine’s Day” has performances February 14 – 16, 2014, and February 21 – 23, 2014 at Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

  • Friday, Feb. 14 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 – 2 p.m.

Arrive a half hour early to learn more about each performance from Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

Tickets are available at the ballet box office (616) 454-4771 or at

  • Adults $40
  • Seniors $35
  • Children $30
  • College students $20 – guaranteed seating in advance
  • College students $12 – with ID at the door one hour before performance (subject to availability)
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