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The Australian Ballet is entering the ballet-in-cinema market with three broadcasts: David McAllister's production of The Sleeping Beauty, Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella and Peggy Van Praagh's perfectly wonderful production of Coppélia. Details are still scant, and there's no indication that the broadcasts will be live (impractical for much of the target market from a time-zone perspective anyway), but apparently Beauty will be beamed to 500 cinemas in "North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Central and South America" in October.

The distributor, CinemaLive, has already been involved in broadcasting Opera Australia productions from Sydney Harbour. I even caught one of these--Madama Butterfly--at a multiplex in Canada.


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The Australian Ballet posted a link to participating cinemas, and the screenings of Sleeping Beauty in early October will take place primarily in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and a smattering of cinemas on the European continent, mostly in Croatia. At present no screenings are listed for the Americas, Asia or Africa.



On Facebook the company is taunting me with a photo of Amber Scott as the Lilac Fairy. I'll hope that the search for participating cinemas in other parts of the world is continuing, and, of course, for DVDs.


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Incidentally, Peggy van Praagh's gorgeous production of Coppélia will be in British and Irish cinemas on April 19, followed by screenings in Australia and New Zealand on April 29 & 30, and a number of continental European cinemas beginning on April 19 and continuing on various dates through May.


Happily, an excellent film of this production exists already, but I dearly wish I could see this new performances as well.




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