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#1 Birdsall

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:40 PM

I just found the upcoming schedule online for Ballet in Cinema. I only list the "live" events. You have to go to the Ballet in Cinema website and put in your city or zip code to find a movie theater near you that carries these live transmissions. Many of you probably already know this, but in case anyone doesn't, I am posting. I am so excited that it will be possible to see the Bolshoi's Esmeralda and Raymonda at the movies!

Live: Oct. 9, 2011 Esmeralda (Bolshoi)
Live: Nov. 20, 2011 Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi)
Live: Dec. 15, 2011 Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet)
Live: March 11, 2012 Le Corsaire (Bolshoi)
Live: March 22, 2012 Romeo and Juliet (Royal Ballet)
Live: April 29, 2012 The Bright Stream (Bolshoi)
Live: May 16, 2012 La Fille Mal Gardee (Royal Ballet)
Live: June 24, 2012 Raymonda (Bolshoi)

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:00 PM

Thank you for posting!

Two other highlights for me: "Bright Stream" and "Le Corsaire", and, if from the home theater, not the truncated version we saw in DC, which still had the magnificent "Jardin Anime".

I wonder if they'll start to release these on DVD. I know the Royal Ballet has Opus Arte, but I'm much more interested in what the Bolshoi is offering.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:09 PM

Thank you for posting!

Two other highlights for me: "Bright Stream" and "Le Corsaire", and, if from the home theater, not the truncated version we saw in DC, which still had the magnificent "Jardin Anime".

I wonder if they'll start to release these on DVD. I know the Royal Ballet has Opus Arte, but I'm much more interested in what the Bolshoi is offering.




Yes, I hope these will be released on dvd eventually. It seems like once they have it transmitted live they record these because they make them available as "encores" at some movie theaters to play later. So it would be a shame not to simply release them as dvds also.
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:23 AM

Let me know if you have any questions about our offerings. I work for Emerging Cinemas and am focussed on the "Ballet in Cinema" productions.

Best,
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:01 PM

I believe that Ciel Ecran and Bel Air Classiques are co-producers in these live transmissions. The Bolshoi "Flames of Paris" HD was edited for dvd and blu-ray release on the Bel Air Classiques label distributed through Naxos.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:48 PM

I wish the nearest theater was closer than a 40 min drive. :dry: I guess the nasty Giselle in 3D remains a fluke, but I got pretty hopeful (even though they are put on by different event people).

It looks like both Sleeping Beauty and R&J from the Royal go to Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 03:44 PM

It looks like both Sleeping Beauty and R&J from the Royal go to Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin.

Not even they could make me sit through the McMillan "Romeo and Juliet", but I look forward to seeing their "Sleeping Beauty".

I'm hoping for an Alexandrova "Le Corsaire", with Andrei Merkuriev as Birbanto.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 04:56 PM

Is this the right website?

http://www.emergingp...llet-in-cinema/

I checked Children of Paradise and found only a few theaters committed, none of them in my state. However, it seems you can request a theater in your area. If there are enough requests for that theater, I guess they may add a show.

One of the difficulties with ballet "movies" in spread-out areas, or outside the usual ballet centers, is getting the word out to the audience. Ballet In Cinema have what seems to be a clever way to develop a mailing list of supporters -- "Super Fans" -- who will actually participate in getting the word out in their area. All you do is give your email and zip code.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:54 PM

Are they better shot/directed than the 3D Giselle was? I would not want to recommend sight unseen again....

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 05:17 AM

Let me know if you have any questions about our offerings. I work for Emerging Cinemas and am focussed on the "Ballet in Cinema" productions.

Best,
Joseph



Joseph, can movie theaters request to become a site that shows these movies? I noticed that we can request from Emerging Pictures and the more that request then something will be done, but can it be done the other way around also? Can we ask our local movie theater to contact Emerging Pictures and start showing them?

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:33 AM



It looks like both Sleeping Beauty and R&J from the Royal go to Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin.

Not even they could make me sit through the McMillan "Romeo and Juliet", but I look forward to seeing their "Sleeping Beauty".

I'm hoping for an Alexandrova "Le Corsaire", with Andrei Merkuriev as Birbanto.




I am curious about your opinion about the McMillan Romeo and Juliet. I have seen the Cranko version and McMillan versions, and even though I saw differences I did not know enough about the choreography to know all the differences except for the really obvious ones. Why is the McMillan version awful, in your opinion? What other versions are there?

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:46 AM

I have a minority opinion about Macmillan's R&J: Apart from the Balcony and Wedding pas de deux, I find it dull, as if Macmillan was only interested in the most bombastic parts of the score. Since it was the only version around where I lived for years, I saw it a few times and then gave up, apart from when the Balcony Pas de Deux was included in galas.

My favorite of the ballets I've seen done to the Prokofiev score is the version BBC filmed live in the mid-70's with Natalia Bessmertnova and Mikhail Lavrovsky, which is no longer in the Kultur catalog. There's nothing on the DVD listing the choreographer. I've seen a few internet listings that list Leonid Lavrovsky, the choreographer in the Ulanova version from the 50's, but Jeffrey Gantz, in a review of recordings of the ballet, writes that the Bessmertonova/M. Lavrosky is different from the Leonid Lavrovsky choreography, and descriptions of the 1989 DVD, with Irek Mukhamedov, indicate that this was Grigorovich's gussied-up revision of the Lavrovsky. I used to have the Ulanova version choreographed by Lavrovsky -- this is still available in the Kultur and vaimusic catalogs -- but I can't find it to compare. Also, the 1974 DVD with Maximova/Vasiliev credits the choreography to Lavrovsky. I'm not sure if that's an error or if Grigorovich made his changes between the mid-70's and late 80's.

I remember Ulanova being very beautiful, but I'm partial to Bessmertnova's Juliet, especially post-marriage, I could watch Lavrovsky's arms and hands forever, and the man could handle a sword. They're both in their mid-30's, but Ulanova and Margot Fonteyn were no spring chickens when they danced and recorded the ballet, and her jump is spectacular. I particularly like the choreography, because the choreographer(s) was/were listening to the entire score and told a story through it, rather than slamming it over the head with a mallet. I could have lived without Lord Capulet though, who was like a cartoon character.

I'm not sure if this is the Lavrovsky or the Grigorovich, but Lord and Lady Capulet leave Juliet alone with Paris in her bedroom, I suppose figuring they are safe if they have sex, ensuring their marriage. (Sadly, the camera focuses on them as they leave, instead of giving the full shot with Juliet and Paris dancing.) It's one of Bessmertnova's best scenes, especially the way she stops/shames him from continuing to maul her. And the tomb scene, Holy Abdominal Muscles, Batman.

Gantz' article is a fine primer to versions and recordings. He leaves out the Tudor, to a score by Delius, but that could be because it's a one act version. He wasn't as enthusiastic about the Bessmertnova/Lavrovsky DVD as I am. He also doesn't mention the Maximova/Vasiliev (VAI) DVD or the Bessmertnova/Mukhamedov version on the DVD list, but if he thought she was old at 35, I can't imagine him liking her much at nearly 50.

A non-ballet version by Jean-Christophe Maillot is available on DVD performed by his company, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. I heartily dislike the Friar-Lawrence-in-the-Asylum conceit, but the rest of the work is very fine theater, and Maillot really works the darkness of the score.

There are many excerpts on YouTube, making it easy to compare versions to get a sense of which one(s) you like.

Romeo's Balcony Scene variation, Lavrovsky, Grigorovich -- Mikhail Lavrovsky:


Balcony Pas de Deux, Lavrovsky, Grigorovich -- Natalia Bessmertnova/Irek Mukhamedov


Balcony Scene, Lavrovsky -- Galina Ulanova/Yuri Zhdanov


Balcony Scene, credited to Lavrovsky -- Ekaterina Maximova/Vladimir Vasiliev


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:13 AM

Is this the right website?

http://www.emergingp...llet-in-cinema/

I checked Children of Paradise and found only a few theaters committed, none of them in my state. However, it seems you can request a theater in your area. If there are enough requests for that theater, I guess they may add a show.

One of the difficulties with ballet "movies" in spread-out areas, or outside the usual ballet centers, is getting the word out to the audience. Ballet In Cinema have what seems to be a clever way to develop a mailing list of supporters -- "Super Fans" -- who will actually participate in getting the word out in their area. All you do is give your email and zip code.


Yes this is the correct website. Getting the word out is one of, if not the toughest challange for Emerging Pictures. I would like to secure more venues as well, but it really comes from the audience to contact their theatres and demand that it be brought to them. If the theatre knows their local public has interest, they will most likely try to get our services.

The movie theater selects which offerings they would like to show. While we can suggest or recommend some over others, ultimately it is up to the theater to decide which ballets and / or how many ballets they will show in a season. Of course, say if you want to have "Children of Paradise" or for example "Swan Lake" it is always a good thing to let your theatre know that specifically and you can also let us know as well for future purposes. If the theatre sees enough potential interest in one ballet, they will most likely screen it at some point. And we can also do a lot of convincing on our end as well :)

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:17 AM

The theater in Vancouver is the Scotiabank Theatre, which is also the venue for the Met HD broadcasts. They are centrally located and have a chance at a ready-made audience among the opera crowd. They also do the live theater broadcasts from England. It was the Granville Cinema that showed the SFB "Nutcracker" a few years ago, to maybe a few dozen people, although it was shown on a Saturday right before Christmas and up against the NBoC version.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 11:32 AM

Joseph, can movie theaters request to become a site that shows these movies? I noticed that we can request from Emerging Pictures and the more that request then something will be done, but can it be done the other way around also? Can we ask our local movie theater to contact Emerging Pictures and start showing them?


Yes, absolutely. In fact I recommend you do BOTH. Contact your theater and then contact us with that same theater - so then when we contact them, it is like "Oh, what a coincidence..." Yes, you can certainly contact your local theater and ask them to contact us - that would be great!

Keep me posted and let me know what else I can do to help!


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