Tripping up: Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre is a smart man -- one too clever, you'd think, to object publicly when the National Ballet announced it was getting on the arts-in-cinemas bandwagon Dec. 22 with its production of The Nutcracker. Grand-Maitre's point was that he's fighting to pay the bills with his company's own Nutcracker and doesn't need competition. But we could use more arts programming at the multiplex.
The day when the Shaw and Stratford festivals, the Vancouver Recital Society, Alberta Ballet and the Montreal Symphony all are available live-by-satellite at the local popcorn emporium will benefit everyone, providing national exposure for the nation's artists and a new revenue stream for Canadian arts companies.
Wouldn't it be ironic if the older theaters that have been converted into movie houses were to become the epicenter of live performing arts via satellite?