Emerging Pictures, Opera and Ballet in Cinema, Move to Move, The Nutcracker
Emerging Pictures, North America's largest supplier of alternative content for movie theaters, today announced the launch of its Fall-Winter 2012 season of Opera in Cinema and Ballet in Cinema HD presentations that will be shown on screens in nearly 400 multiplexes, art houses, museums and performing arts centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Ballet in Cinema season kicks off on September 23 with "Move to Move" from Nederlands Dans Theater, featuring the dancers of the NDT 1 and NDT 2 companies. "Move to Move" is comprised of four contemporary ballets: "Left Right Left Right" choreographed by Alexander Ekman, "Silent Screen" and "Shine a Light" choreographed by Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot, and "Secus" choreographed by Ohad Naharin.
The Opera in Cinema season begins with a spectacular pyrotechnic production of Verdi's "La Traviata" from Opera Australia's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. The monumental production by Francesca Zambello features a stage floating in Sydney Harbour, a full orchestra, magnificent sets, beautiful costumes, dazzling fireworks and a nearly 30-foot chandelier shimmering with 10,000 Swarovki crystals suspended above the stage. It stars Emma Matthews as the tragic Violetta Valery, Gianluca Terranova and Jonathan Summers as Alfredo and Giorgio Germont, respectively.
Two special VIP receptions and screenings are being held prior to the official launch: Tuesday, September 18, the Steps on Broadway dance studio, 2121 Broadway (between 74th and 75th Streets), featuring selections from "Move to Move" and special guest David Hallberg, Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and ABT; 7:45 screening, 9 p.m. reception. (Press attendance is invited.)
Wednesday, September 19, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam (65th Street), featuring the full "La Traviata" from Sydney Harbour; 7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. screening. (Press attendance is invited.)
While theater dates and show times vary across the country, most theaters will be screening all the season offerings on Sundays and Tuesdays. (For participating theaters and ticket availability, visit: www.operaincinema.com or www.balletincinema.com).
In New York, both "Move to Move" and "La Traviata" will open on Sunday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 30th, respectively, at the following theatres: BIG Cinemas, 239 East 59th Street; Chelsea Clearview, 260 West 23rd Street; The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue.
The full season schedule for Opera in Cinema and Ballet in Cinema from Emerging Pictures is as follows:
OPERA AND BALLET IN CINEMA, Fall-Winter 2012:
MOVE TO MOVE | September 23 & 25
Nederlands Dans Theater | 168 minutes including one intermission | CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Dance lovers, take note: "If you see one live performance this year…Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see." (New York Times) The Nederlands Dans Theater, "[one] of the most exciting and sleekly glamorous ensembles" (The Independent) comes to the big screen for the first time with Move to Move, an evening of four contemporary dance masterpieces: "Left Right Left Right" (choreography by Alexander Ekman), "Silent Screen" (Sol Léon & Paul Lightfoot), "Secus" (Ohad Naharin), and the world premiere of "Shine A Light," a new work by Leon and Lightfoot. Don't miss this "retina-shredding spectacle of passion and power" by "the world's most magnificent dancers". (Sunday Herald)
LA TRAVIATA | September 30 & October 2
Opera on Sydney Harbour | 160 minutes including one intermission | OPERA
Verdi's La Traviata shines in this spectacular production from Opera Australia, performed on a floating stage in the Sydney Harbor under the stars. The famous Sydney Opera House is the backdrop in this dramatic new staging, which features a nearly 30-foot chandelier suspended over the stage. Opera Insider raves: "This mega-production deserves only three words – Fantastic ! Fantastic ! Fantastic !" Visionary director Francescsa Zambello directs, with an "electrifying" Emma Matthews as Violetta, with Jonathan Summers and Gianluca Terranova rounding out the cast. (Stage Noise)
LA SYLPHIDE | October 7 & 9
Bolshoi Ballet | 120 minutes including one intermission | BALLET
La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving romantic ballets, dating back to August Bournonville's 1836 version. The version presented today has been adapted by choreographer Johan Kobborg, and gleams anew at the Bolshoi Ballet. In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by traditional folk songs in Herman Løvenskiold's score – meets the spiritual when James, a classic Romantic hero, is utterly bewitched by a beautiful sylph whom he is unable to touch. Cast announced on or around September 15, 2012.
L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI | October 14 & 16
Teatro Comunale di Bologna | 150 minutes | OPERA
Giacomo Rossini wrote L'Italiana in Algeri in only 18 days when he was 21 years old – and now, almost 200 years later, audiences still thrill at both the manic energy and elegant melodies that make it a masterpiece. This light-hearted production from the Teatro Comunale di Bologona stars Anna Maria Sarra as the broken-hearted Elvira, Michele Pertusi as the lecherous Mustafà, Edgardo Rocha as the devoted Lindoro, and Marianna Pizzolato as the smart and resourceful Italian girl of the title.
L'ALTRA METÀ DEL CIELO | October 21 & 23
Teatro alla Scala | 80 minutes | CONTEMPORARY BALLET
In l'altra metà del cielo ("The other side of the sky"), Martha Clarke, MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner and vital choreographer, takes on an usual challenge – staging a dance piece based on the music of aging Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, a man known for his drug use, racism, and misogyny. The resulting piece is nothing short of magical – Clarke transforms his lyrics of hatred into a piece that glorifies the feminine identity, rather than tear it down. This groundbreaking and unique work is presented by the La Scala Ballet.
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA | October 28 & 30
Teatro Regio di Torino | 180 minutes | OPERA
What's more timeless (and inevitably tragic) than a tale of a politician in love with somebody else's wife? Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera tells just such a tale, in this beautiful production from the Teatro Regio di Torino. Un ballo was banned by the Italian censors for several years before its debut, but once the public first saw and heard this gem, it's been a solid favorite ever since. Starring Gregory Kunde as the amorous Riccardo, Gabriele Viviani as the jealous Renato, and Oksana Dyka as the faithful Amelia.
SWAN LAKE | November 4 & 6
Royal Ballet, London | 180 minutes (including two intermissions)| BALLET
The battle between white and BLACK SWAN unfolds in Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets. Tchaikovsky's haunting music heightens the steps of prima ballerina Zenaida Yanowsky in this definitive production from the Royal Ballet, with choreography by Marius Petipa and production by Anthony Dowell. Nehemiah Kish dances the role of Prince Siegfried.
SIEGFRIED | November 11 & 13
Teatro alla Scala | 295 minutes including intermissions | OPERA
The Ring Cycle continues with Siegfried, starring Lance Ryan as the ubermensch youth, in this new production from La Scala, Milan. The tale of gods and mortals, all set to Wagner's incomparable music, is a must-see (and must-hear!) for any true opera lover. Wagnerian specialist Nina Stemme is Brünnhilde, with Daniel Barenboim at the podium.
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO | November 18 & 20
Royal Opera House | approx. 200 minutes plus 2 intermissions | OPERA
Revolution is in the air in David McVicar's wonderfully illuminating production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro from the Royal Opera House. And with an all-star cast, it's no surprise that The Guardian raves: "the evening is remarkable." Erwin Schrott, "handsome of presence and gorgeous of tone, is a star" in the role of Figaro, with Dorothea Röschmann as the Countess, Gerald Finley as the Almaviva, and Miah Persson as a "sensual, feisty Susanna."
AN EVENING WITH KYLIÁN / INGER / WALERSKI | November 25 & 27
Netherlands Dance Theatre | 145 minutes including one intermission | CONTEMPORARY BALLET
The world-famous choreographer Ji?í Kylián is a source of inspiration to many. For over thirty years he has been the artistic director and in-house choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, an elite group of dancers who are considered "the most balletic modern dancers in the world" (The Times). In An Evening with Kylián/Inger/Walerski, two of Kylián's ballets from the renowned "Black&White" series are presented alongside works by his protégés, NDT's associate choreographer Johan Inger, and NDT dancer and choreographer Medhi Walerski. Don't miss this incredible evening of dance – The New York Times raves "If you see one live performance this year…Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see."
THE PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER | December 2 & 4
Bolshoi Ballet | 175 minutes including 2 intermissions | BALLET
A young English Lord traveling through Egypt takes shelter in a pyramid with local characters. After a round of opium, the new friends begin to have fantastic dreams about the Pharaoh's daughter rising from her tomb and enchanting them. The Pharaoh's Daughter, originally a hit when first staged in 1862, fell out of favor with the Soviet regime. In 2000, Pierre Lacotte was commissioned to resurrect Petipa's mighty Egyptian fresco, and it became a hit yet again. From the Bolshoi Ballet. Casting will be announced in early November.
LA CENERENTOLA | December 16 & 18
A film by Andrea Andermann | Runtime TBA | OPERA
Cenerentola: A Live Fairy Tale, a stunning new film-opera event from producer Andrea Andermann, has been called "A kaleidoscopic fairytale suspended between Mozart and Disney with a hint of noir" by La Repubblica. Watch as Rossini's jubilant take on the story of Cinderella unfolds in real castles and ballrooms in Europe, and through lush, never-bef0re-seen animation. Starring Lena Belkina as Cenerentola.
THE NUTCRACKER | December 23
Royal Ballet, London | Runtime 130 minutes including one intermission | BALLET
A magician with secrets, an enchanted gift, a guiding angel and a visit through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets: it must be the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. This now-classic Royal Ballet production creates the world of the 19th-century onstage, with a Christmas tree that magically grows and toy soldiers that come to life! Starring Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae.
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