World-Famous Bolshoi Ballet Leaps Onto U.S. Cinema Screens With Brand New Season, Tickets on Sale Now
Russia’s Leading Ballet Company Features Seven Dazzling Performances in Movie Theaters Nationwide, Beginning in November 2018
DENVER – September 11, 2018 – The celebrated Bolshoi Ballet dances across big screens nationwide with an outstanding lineup for the fifth consecutive season, as part of the “2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series.” Captured live from Moscow’s legendary Bolshoi Theatre, audiences will be captivated by seven stunning performances on select Sundays from November 2018 to May 2019, all in their local cinemas.
The fifth season of the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series opens with the oldest surviving ballet in history - August Bournonville’s romantic masterpiece “La Sylphide” on November 11, followed by Alexei Fadeyechev’s critically-acclaimed staging of “Don Quixote” on December 2. From the full splendor of classic fairytale ballets such as a brand new “The Nutcracker” on December 23, an iconic “La Bayadere” on January 20 and “The Sleeping Beauty” on March 10 to the fiery free-spirited characters in ballets such as “The Golden Age” on April 7 and “Carmen Suite” doubled teamed with “Petrushka” on May 19, there is no other company quite like the Bolshoi Ballet to perform these exquisite story ballets.
Tickets for the “2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series” are available at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.
Fathom Events, Pathé Live and BY Experience present the “2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series” in more than 350 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“We are excited to partner again with Pathé Live and BY Experience to present another thrilling season of the Bolshoi Ballet in movie theaters nationwide,” said Fathom Events Chief Content and Programming Officer Gordon Synn. “This incredible dance company continues to delight moviegoers with masterpiece productions, show-stopping choreography and talented artists.”
“Thanks to these cinema screenings, the Bolshoi Ballet’s extraordinary performances are open to ballet fans of all ages in hundreds of local communities throughout the U.S.,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-President of BY Experience. “We are continuing to see the ever-expanding impact of this world-class institution, allowing audiences to see the legendary Moscow stage and its dancers with an incomparable insider’s view.”
Planned schedule for the “2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series”:
LA SYLPHIDE – Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET & PT, 11:55 a.m. CT, 10:55 a.m. MT
On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. “La Sylphide” is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville’s style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.
DON QUIXOTE – Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. local time
Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, with his faithful servant Sancho Panza at his side, Don Quixote sets out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies and dryads in the Bolshoi's critically‐acclaimed staging of this exalted performance.
THE NUTCRACKER – Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET & PT, 11:55 a.m. CT, 10:55 a.m. MT
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and together their wonderful adventure begins. “The Nutcracker” invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast.
LA BAYADÈRE – Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. ET & PT, 11 :55 a.m. CT, 10:55 a.m. MT
The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. “La Bayadère” is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgment, set in India. Dazzling sets and costumes, with one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. local time
On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty” features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph).
THE GOLDEN AGE – Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. local time
In the 1920s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,” but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka. With its jazzy score by Dmitri Shostakovich and its music‐hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, “The Golden Age” is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring ’20s.
CARMEN SUITE / PETRUSHKA – Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. ET & PT, 11:55 a.m. CT, 10:55 a.m. MT
Carmen is as sensual and free‐spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one-act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. The double‐bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet.
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About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 941 locations and 1,496 screens in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
About BY Experience
BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over35 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since2006), the UK’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014). TED Cinema Experience 2017 (Worldwide; April 2017). BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits, major studio anniversary events, faith programs, and other events. BY Experience distributes to over 75 countries, to over 2,500 movie screens. www.byexperience.net.
About Pathé Live
Pathé Live, a fully owned subsidiary of the Gaumont Pathé group, is a market leader in the global distribution of event cinema, distributing a wide variety of content such as operas, ballets, rock and pop concerts, gaming tournaments, film premieres, fashion shows and art exhibitions to the Pathé Live Cinema Network. Through this network they have created impactful marketing campaigns reaching audiences across 60 territories. Pathe Live’s events in cinemas are distributed live in HD with 5.1 Dolby sound via satellite broadcast or recorded in 2K, 3D or 4K. Pathé Live introduced event cinema in France and their network of exhibition partners, from multiplex cinemas to independent cinemas and non-traditional cinema venues, provides full coverage across the country. Pathé Live has released since its inception over 200 events in cinemas and it is notably the exclusive distribution partner of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series in cinemas across France, Switzerland, Morocco and Lebanon. Furthermore, Pathé Live is the exclusive producer and the worldwide distributor of the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series. These performances from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, which are produced and financed by Pathé Live, are reaching over 1600 cinemas across 60 countries.
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