Elizabeth Taylor once said, “Big girls need big diamonds,” and it was with this sentiment in mind that we swooned over Forevermark’s nonpareil pieces at last night’s fête inside The National Arts Club of Gramercy Park. As part of the presentation, which featured cases strewn with their Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection and ballet relics, the De Beers Group progeny called upon Liam Scarlett, famed choreographer of the Royal Ballet, to create a pas de deux celebrating the endurance and unbreakable nature of a diamond, through one couple’s never-ending love. On hand for the ballet’s first performance were such upper echelon society mainstays as Beth Ostrosky Stern and Olivia Chantecaille, as well as downtown fixtures Chelsea Leyland and Caitlin Moe.
Following the arresting dance piece’s world premiere starring principle Royal Ballet dancers Laura Morena and Bennet Gartside, we caught up with Scarlett himself to learn more about the collaborative process, as well as his own fascination with diamonds. After reading our short Q&A, see images of the awe-inspiring pieces, performance, and chic attendees indulging their underlying prima ballerinas.
As a child, what did you think about diamonds?
Scarlett: I think diamonds, especially when you’re little, are kind of like the epitome of grandeur, glamour, and elegance. Everyone thinks you have to be a princess to wear diamonds when you’re a kid. I think that’s what every little girl dreams of and what little guys want to give their girls. I think the wonderful thing is that it doesn’t really change that much when you grow up. When you get a diamond, you’re still in awe. When Laura was tying on the diamond that she was going to wear, she didn’t speak for about a half an hour. She was just staring in the mirror speechless.
Our inner child ballerina is wondering, how did you go about choosing Laura as the ballerina for your pas de deux?
Scarlett: The wonderful thing about Laura is that she’s an incredible actress and I knew this was going to first be a film, as well as performed in very close proximity to the audience. And her facial expressions… the way she conveys herself, not only through movement and dance, but also through her face is very, very special.
What was the drawing board process like for marrying these two art forms?
Scarlett: It was very collaborative process. There was no music and we just had the diamonds. We just brainstormed around a big table and thought, “Where do we want this to go?” The idea of a relationship, what everyone thought about that. What a diamond meant to everyone. From there we developed a theme we wanted to portray but I couldn’t really do much until I got the dancers in front of me in a studio. It really is like a snowball process, it just builds, and builds, and builds until you have a finished artwork.
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