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2013-14 live cinema offerings

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And yet if American ballet fans don't attend the Bolshoi screenings en masse the likelihood of getting the Royal or POB are extremely slim. I can't see the distributors expanding their offerings unless large audiences lead them to believe that the market has potential.

In Canada the experiment began with the Bolshoi, and initially I was also sorry it wasn't a different company. As it happens, I subsequently changed my mind and came to love the Bolshoi broadcasts. Of course I was only too happy to see the series expand to the Royal Ballet as well, but I doubt this would have happened if the Bolshoi had flopped. Not that I'm unsympathetic to your position. Now that the Bolshoi has run out of 19th-century repertoire and is avoiding repetition for the present, we're probably going to be treated to the complete Grigorovich canon, a prospect that does not exactly appeal to me. But I also know that if I don't vote with my pocketbook, the whole enterprise could disappear, and that would be worse than sitting through Spartacus.

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Maybe more people would go in New York if the showings weren't at 11 AM on Sundays. Big Cinema is using the Emerging Pictures films as fillers for time slots when none of their regular customers would ever attend a movie anyway. This time slot made sense when they were actually being shown as a live simulcast. However, since that practice has been abandoned, the 11AM Sunday time slot is just annoying.

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I think your point is right on the nose. The fact is that most American movie theaters aren't going to give up their normal fare and evening time slots to show arts programming, at least not if they haven't got multiple screens at their disposal. And that may ultimately be what's working against the Royal Ballet and its weeknight broadcasts. The number of people willing to come watch ballet on Sunday at 11 am, however small, is still likely to be bigger than the number able to come on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30.

Incidentally, Big Cinemas Manhattan will be showing Spartacus live on October 20 at 11:00 am ET, and the winners of the casting sweepstakes are Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Anna Nikulina (Phrygia), Svetlana Zakharova (Aegina) and Alexander Volchkov (Crassus).

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I think the 1pm Sunday slots for the Bolshoi Ballet, are to make them family friendly. (Live would be too early.) I've seen a lot more kids in Vancouver at the tutu balets. I wish they were earlier in the morning, even if not at live time.

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An update! Fathom Events (the company that distributes the Met Opera broadcasts) will be showing three Royal Ballet broadcasts in the United States this autumn.

Don Quixote on Oct 16 (the new one, with Nunez and Acosta):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!don-quixote/more-info

Alice in Wonderland on Nov 19 (presumably the one from last spring, with Sarah Lamb & Federico Bonelli):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!alices-adventures/more-info

The Nutcracker on Dec 17 (not clear whether it will be this year's broadcast, or the one from last year):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!the-nutcracker/more-info

Hopefully they will carry the planned Giselle and SLeeping Beauty broadcasts from the Royal this year as well. And this is also nice because Fathom generally has many more cinemas available than Ballet in Cinema...

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I'd rather see the Royal Ballet. I'd like to see Het Nationale and Paris Opera as well. Royal Danish and National Ballet of Canada. I'm less interested in the Bolshoi offerings.

Many performances of Het Nationale are on the internet, because they are broadcasted on Dutch television

Giselle:

http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1161310 (only the second part)

Don Quichot:

http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1027540

Cinderella:

http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1316927

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Zakharova and Alexandrova have done too many broadcasts. Of course there are brillant ballerinas but there are more amazing ballerinas. Why is Obraztsova never given the opportunity to shine in a live broadcast?

Lets hope for Jewels: Obraztsova and Smirnova

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An update! Fathom Events (the company that distributes the Met Opera broadcasts) will be showing three Royal Ballet broadcasts in the United States this autumn.

Don Quixote on Oct 16 (the new one, with Nunez and Acosta):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!don-quixote/more-info

Alice in Wonderland on Nov 19 (presumably the one from last spring, with Sarah Lamb & Federico Bonelli):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!alices-adventures/more-info

The Nutcracker on Dec 17 (not clear whether it will be this year's broadcast, or the one from last year):

http://www.fathomevents.com/#!the-nutcracker/more-info

Hopefully they will carry the planned Giselle and SLeeping Beauty broadcasts from the Royal this year as well. And this is also nice because Fathom generally has many more cinemas available than Ballet in Cinema...

Great to see the Royal Ballet fight for the American market, even if this particular avenue is closed to the opera company. But it sure hasn't been easy. This will be their third distributor in the U.S.

I'm with you; hopefully these screenings will be a success, and others will follow.

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Many performances of Het Nationale are on the internet, because they are broadcasted on Dutch television

Sadly, these are geo-blocked in Canada sad.png

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And shockingly, the Royal Ballet broadcasts are planned for my area - so far...

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Great to see the Royal Ballet fight for the American market, even if this particular avenue is closed to the opera company. But it sure hasn't been easy. This will be their third distributor in the U.S.

No, not in the theaters near where I live. Last year, they had shown ballets from Bolshoi, Royal, ... This year I have to drive 1+ hours to go to the nearest theater where the Bolshoi ballet is on screen, but no Royal. Next year I will have to drive 200 miles??

innocent.gif ( Thnking about another tour to goto London, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, ... )

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I'd rather see the Royal Ballet. I'd like to see Het Nationale and Paris Opera as well. Royal Danish and National Ballet of Canada. I'm less interested in the Bolshoi offerings.

If you are interested in Het Nationale Ballet, their Don Quichot is available as a full HD download on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/don-quichot/id441702875

Depending on where you are located, you can also see their new Cinderella (Wheeldon). It's not available in North America (yet) but it is up in the UK, Australia + other countries. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/cinderella/id686280143

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(But I would like to see them on the big screen)

Still, it's nice ro know about the iTune rentals! Thanks!

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Royal Ballet films are being shown at the Thornton Creek Theater in Seattle this autumn.

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The Bolshoi October casts reveal that the movie version of Spartacus on October 20, will feature Mikhail Lobukhin as Spartacus and not Ivan Vasiliev.

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The Bolshoi October casts reveal that the movie version of Spartacus on October 20, will feature Mikhail Lobukhin as Spartacus and not Ivan Vasiliev.

What a disappointment. I haven't seen Lobukhin star in a Grigorovich ballet yet, but I was not impressed when I saw him as Albrecht in Giselle. Very different part, I realize, but not a good sign nevertheless. I had been hoping to see Vasiliev in his element.

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Lobukhin is an ideal Grigorovich dancer. His Tybalt in the film version of Romeo and Juliet was just about its only redeeming feature. He may be a Vaganova-trained Petersburger, but he is more Old Bolshoi than any male dancer the Moscow Ballet School has produced in several generations. In effect, Yuri Burlaka hired him to dance precisely this repertoire.

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Maybe this has been mentioned before, but I notice the Royal Ballet's cinema offerings are now presented by Fathom Events which does the Met's operas. That must be why they are now at different movie theatres than the Bolshoi's.......

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Maybe this has been mentioned before, but I notice the Royal Ballet's cinema offerings are now presented by Fathom Events which does the Met's operas. That must be why they are now at different movie theatres than the Bolshoi's.......

Emerging Pictures dropped the Royal Ballet this year due to the fact that they "had to" to choose between the Bolshoi and the Royal: they chose the Bolshoi. I'm happy that Fathom picked up the Royal as I really want to see their new DQ and a Winter's Tale later next year.

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Maybe this has been mentioned before, but I notice the Royal Ballet's cinema offerings are now presented by Fathom Events which does the Met's operas. That must be why they are now at different movie theatres than the Bolshoi's.......

Emerging Pictures dropped the Royal Ballet this year due to the fact that they "had to" to choose between the Bolshoi and the Royal: they chose the Bolshoi. I'm happy that Fathom picked up the Royal as I really want to see their new DQ and a Winter's Tale later next year.

The Royal Ballet's DQ plays this Wednesday according to Fathom Events.

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It's at the Thornton Creek Cinema in Seattle. They're scheduled to show Alice and Nut as well, but don't know anything about programs past December. Fingers crossed.

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Great to see the Royal Ballet fight for the American market, even if this particular avenue is closed to the opera company. But it sure hasn't been easy. This will be their third distributor in the U.S.

By way of a P.S. The ROH has found an alternate distributor for its opera productions in the U.S. The participating cinemas are not distributed all that evenly throughout the country, and all of the offerings will be pre-recorded.

http://www.screenvision.com/cinema-events/roh/

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Here in Florida the DQ was played as one of the Fathom Events (same as the Met operas), and as a result there was a better than average turn out for the show for such a small city as Gainesville. I think there were about 30 people. It is a university town, so that could also be why. Most of the previous ballets were by Emerging Pictures and it was in Jacksonville (a much larger city) and often just 5-10 people.

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