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Monday, July 14, 2014

Cineplex Bolshoi, Royal Ballet broadcasts in Canada 2014-15 season


Cineplex theatres have announced their 2014-15 ballet season for Canada. To locate a theatre near you, please visit: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/DanceSeries
click on the showtime of the ballet you want to see, then fill in your location, and click on "find showtimes". For ballets airing on more than one date, you will have to select the second date from the drop down menu on the same page as you enter your location (no one ever said the Cineplex website is easy to navigate!) For detailed instructions on how to buy a ticket online, see this post:

http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/08/how-to-buy-ticket-online-for-cineplex.html

Canadian ballet fans! please complain to Cineplex Front Row Centre Events about the cancellation of Royal Ballet broadcasts. Otherwise they'll think we don't care. http://www.cineplex.com/Global/FeedbackZone/Feedback 

FRC Dance Series 
Wednesday September 24, 7pm, 
Sunday September 28, 1255 pm

Matthew Bourne’s


Sleeping Beauty

 The story begins in 1890, the year of the ballet’s first performance, at the christening of the heroine Princess Aurora. It was the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forward in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story! Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is a Gothic Romance that will delight dance fans of all ages and completes the choreographer’s Tchaikovsky trio of Nutcracker! and international hit Swan Lake.




FRC Dance Series 

 CANCELLED

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Thursday, October 16, 7pm

The Royal Ballet Live


Manon

Manon: Marianela Nunez
Des Grieux: Federico Bonelli

 Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th century Paris. Kenneth MacMillan brings Manon’s story vividly to life, with his ballet, which evokes the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost’s infamous novel, as well as the feckless character of Manon herself – torn between love for the poet Des Grieux and her desire for money and attention. The cast of complex characters includes the callous Monsieur GM, the swaggering Jailer, Manon’s roguish brother Lescaut and his coquettish Mistress, but at the ballet’s heart are the duets MacMillan created for Manon and Des Grieux, which are among the most emotionally intense and erotically charged ever choreographed.




FRC Dance Series

Sunday, October 26, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Live


The Legend of Love

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.
This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.


FRC Dance Series 

The Bolshoi Ballet Encore

The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova, Ruslan Skvortsov. 

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.
 French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire.



FRC Dance Series

Sunday, December 7, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Encore


La Bayadère

Nikiya: Svetlana Zakharova

Gamzatti: Maria Alexandrova

Solor: Vladislav Lantratov

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.
La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. 


FRC Dance Series

 CANCELLED

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Wednesday, December 17, 7pm

Saturday, December 20, 1255 pm

The Royal Ballet Live


Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Alice: Lauren Cuthbertson

Jack/Knave of Hearts: Federico Bonelli

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognizable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works – there’s a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers – the ballet is above all a brilliant realization of Carroll’s zany dream-world featuring stunning choreography, a colourful score and ingenious stage-magic

FRC Dance Series

Sunday, December 21, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Live


The Nutcracker

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.




FRC Dance Series

The Bolshoi Ballet Live


Swan Lake

Sunday, January 25, 1255 pm

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.
White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony.




FRC Dance Series

Sunday, February 22, 1255 pm

Wednesday February 25, 7pm

Royal Winnipeg Ballet


Moulin Rouge® The Ballet

Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet  features high-kicking choreography by Jorden Morris and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Turn of the century Paris … a city of exquisite contradiction. The heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Mathieu and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge®



FRC Dance Series 
Sunday, March 8, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Encore


Romeo and Juliet

Romeo: Alexander Volchkov 

Juliet: Anna Nikulina

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families.
William Shakespeare’s timeless story  is brought to the stage through Yuri Grigorovich's breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. 

 

FRC Dance Series

 CANCELLED

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Wednesday 18 March, 7 pm

The Royal Ballet Live


Swan Lake

Odette/Odile: Natalia Osipova

Prince Siegfried: Matthew Golding

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. 

  In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Fabergé, while the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight. 



FRC Dance Series

Sunday April 19, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Live


Ivan The Terrible

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.
Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.




FRC Dance Series

  CANCELLED

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Wednesday May 6, 7 pm

The Royal Ballet Live


La Fille mal gardée

 One of Frederick Ashton's most joyous creations, La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet's repertory. The title translates as 'The Wayward Daughter'.


La Fille displays some of Ashton's most virtuosic choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet's most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster's colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production. 



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