See The Royal Ballet – At The Movie Theater?

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Sarah Lamb and Edward Watson in The Royal Ballet production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, to music by Joby Talbot, with set and costume designs by Bob Crowley. © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013.

Sarah Lamb and Edward Watson in The Royal Ballet production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, to music by Joby Talbot, with set and costume designs by Bob Crowley. © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience The Royal Ballet – now’s the time. In the next few months you’ll have three opportunities to see this amazing company at the movie theater.

“The Royal Opera House Ballet Series” offers three different ballets – Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Nutcracker at cinemas nationwide.

We talked with a representative from Fathom Events (the company responsible for pulling this series together) and asked a few questions about the process…

How did the idea for this series get started?

Fathom Events has broadcast other ballets from other companies in previous years but never in an entire series. The opportunity to bring the splendor of three ballets from London’s Royal Opera House to the US was something that could not be missed.

How did you choose the ballets that would be shown?

We wanted to bring ballets that audiences in the US rarely get to see performed by such a predominant ballet company.  Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote is a unique performance that no one outside of London would be able to experience without traveling to the Royal Opera House itself. Additionally, The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday favorite that whether it’s your first Nutcracker or 100th, we knew that the Royal Opera Ballet would wow audiences.

The Nutcracker (2013) main imageHow is this type of experience unique in terms of attending a dance performance?

Movie theater audiences are given a front row seat to all of the performances at an affordable price! It’s the next best thing to being there live. Additionally, the production isn’t just a static camera filming the stage. There is a whole production team directing the broadcast which includes a wide range of camera angles and shots including close-ups.

The Royal Opera House Ballet Series brings so much more than just the ballet itself. Audiences will get a special behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet as well as exclusive cast interviews.

What upcoming performances do you have in store for audiences?

For the remainder of 2013, Royal Opera House Ballet Series has three upcoming ballet performances.

10/16 – Don Quixote
11/19 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
12/17 – The Nutcracker

Fathom has an array of other upcoming performing arts programming including “The Met: Live in HD,” Broadway shows, concerts and more. Visit FathomEvents.com for all of the latest programming news.

Here’s a clip from Don Quixote to give you an idea of what this series is like…

Disclosure – 4dancers received compensation for promoting this series

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