Well, Jewels is new to the company (except for "Rubies," which they've been performing for awhile) and very often when a demanding new work enters the repertory for the first time, there are plenty of kinks to be ironed out. This one may have had a few extra.
Also, your lack of initial enthusiasm may not have been caused by the performance only. Balanchine was a very great choreographer, but he wasn't Mr. Instantly Accessible. Sometimes he requires a little work. And if you're used to story ballets, that can make it harder. Keep trying!
I took a very bright ballet newbie to both ballets this season. Her reaction to Jewels was pleased but moderate. "Well, I guess I liked Rubies the best." We went back for Giselle, and she was, well, enraptured, especially with the second act. "I REALLY liked that! That was wonderful!" She said this several times.
Jewels & Giselle
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