Internationally-Renowned Bolshoi Ballet Returns to U.S. Cinema Screens this October
15-16 Season Includes Three New Ballets
Direct from Moscow
Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live Present Four 2015-16 Season Performances from Russia’s Leading Dance Company in Select U.S. Cinemas
DENVER – June 1, 2015 – Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live proudly announce the new 2015-16 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season in select U.S. cinemas beginning this October. Four performances, including three new productions, will be screened as Sunday matinees at 12:55 p.m. local time (captured live earlier the same day from Moscow).
Opening the season on October 11 is one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, GISELLE, followed by George Balanchine’s opulent JEWELS (recorded) on November 15 starring the celebrated young prodigy Olga Smirnova in Diamonds. John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS — which only recently entered the Bolshoi’s repertoire to incredible success — will be performed on December 6, followed by Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s brand new production of Shakespeare’s comedy THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, created specially for the Bolshoi, on January 24, 2016. The series trailer, starring some of the world’s most celebrated dancers including Maria Alexandrova, Vlad Lantratov, Evgenia Obraztsova, Nina Kaptsova and Semyon Chudin, can be seen here.
Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and at www.FathomEvents.com. The events will be presented in select U.S. movie theaters across the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Fathom Events is pleased to bring a second season of the Bolshoi Ballet to cinemas. The company’s world-class performances are truly works of art mixed with pure athleticism. The additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the artists give audiences an unfiltered look into the world of a Bolshoi Ballet dancer,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens.
The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the world’s greatest stages boasting a company of over 250 dancers including international stars such as Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Olga Smirnova, Artem Ovcharenko, Vladislav Lantratov, Semyon Chudin and Denis Rodkin.
“The unparalleled Bolshoi Ballet performances showcase the top dancers currently on stage globally, and we are very proud to continue our work with the company this season,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-President of BY Experience. “The Bolshoi Ballet’s peerless performances will continue to captivate cinema audiences.”
Giselle – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.
Jewels – Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style; each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby and diamond. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.
The Lady of the Camellias – Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” – Financial Times.
The Taming of the Shrew – Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. local time
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About Bolshoi Ballet
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, one of the greatest music and dance stages in the world, was founded in 1776 and to this day remains a spearhead of Russian culture. With more than 250 dancers, the Bolshoi Ballet is one of the largest and most celebrated ballet companies in the world. Its annual repertoire of up to 30 titles per year includes classical masterpieces, rare productions and outstanding works by the most famous contemporary choreographers. Moreover, thanks to its school, the Bolshoi keeps the revered tradition of classical ballet alive through new generations of talented young dancers. For the 5th season, the Bolshoi Ballet will continue to open its doors and allow viewers across the world to attend their outstanding performances in over 1,000 cinemas internationally.
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, over 22 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; since 2006), the U.K.’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014), Stratford Festival HD (Ex-Canada, since 2014). Additionally, BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits, and other special content events. BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to over 2,000 movie screens. www.byexperience.net.
About Pathé Live
Pathé Live, a Gaumont-Pathé subsidiary since 2008, is the European leader in the distribution of alternative programs in cinemas. Its network is rapidly expanding and now counts more than 130 cinemas venues in France and over 1000 venues around the world. Thanks to its unique system of high definition and video transmission by satellite, Pathé Live is able to deliver high quality live and recorded events everywhere across the globe. Pathé Live has, over the years, been providing a wide variety of programs such as operas, ballets, concerts, exhibitions and has also been a pioneer in the broadcast of 3D live shows. Pathé Live is the distributor of the Met Live in HD in France and Switzerland.
Pathé Live has also been producing and distributing the Bolshoi Ballet shows since 2010 live or near live in 1000 cinemas across the world and will launch with the new 2015-2016 season, its 6th Bolshoi Ballet in cinemas season. These shows, specifically shot for the big screen with 5.1 sound and 10 HD cameras, will continue to provide a unique opportunity for the audience to experience an unprecedented proximity with the artists and enjoy a unique look behind the scenes of the most renowned ballet company in the world.