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Three Classic Tales Spring to Life in Live Cinema Performances by the Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta at the ROH Cinema Season 2013–14 launch; photo courtesy ROH

Carlos Acosta at the ROH Cinema Season 2013–14 launch; photo courtesy ROH

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2013–2014 will bring Royal Ballet performances of three iconic ballets to patrons in more than 500 cinemas across the U.S. this fall.

The series will begin with Don Quixote starring Carlos Acosta on October 16 at 7pm, to be followed by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with U.S. dancer Sarah Lamb on November 19 at 7pm, and The Nutcracker on December 17 at 7pm.

The ballets are presented thanks to the collaboration between digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House (ROH) Cinema Live series. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at!the-royal-opera-house-ballet-series/more-info/details.



Local Cinemas to Present Bolshoi Ballet in Three Classics

The Bolshoi Ballet in La Sylphide; image courtesy Ballet in Cinema

The Bolshoi Ballet in La Sylphide; image courtesy Ballet in Cinema

Ballet in Cinema, the division of Emerging Pictures that presents live simulcast of performances by top ballet companies from around the world, will present a triptych of ballets from the Bolshoi Ballet this summer.

Scheduled for this summer’s Best of the Bolshoi series are:

La Bayadere starring Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, and Vladislav Lantratov.

La Sylphide, one of the oldest of classic romantic ballets, showcasing the talents of ballet luminaries Ekaterina Krysanova, Vyacheslav Lopatin, Anna Rebetskaya, and Denis Savin.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter danced by Svetlana Zakharova as an Egyptian Princess and Ruslan Skvortsov as the English Lord in a production by Pierre Lacotte.

To find a venue and check broadcast dates and times, visit


Vancouver Event Showcases Bold New Direction of Bollywood Dance

A Bollywood scene; photo courtesy The Vancouver Sun

A Bollywood scene; photo courtesy The Vancouver Sun

The inaugural Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver on April 6— the Academy Awards of Bollywood cinema— was defined by large-scale production numbers devised by Shiamak Davar, an A-list Bollywood choreographer who divides his time between Mumbai and Vancouver.

“TOIFA is an extension of the cultural exchange that has been taking place between Canada and India for years now,” Davar told The Vancouver Sun. Many of the participating B.C. dancers were members of the Shiamak Davar Dance Team, the professional wing of his North Vancouver dance school affiliated with a string of international Shiamak style dance schools, including centers in Victoria and Toronto.

Davar, who served as both director of choreography and design for the Vancouver events, is widely credited with re-positioning Bollywood dance for an international market.

“When I started off 20 years ago,” he said, “Bollywood dance did not have a structure. The first movie I choreographed went on to win a national award, and introduced jazz technique to Bollywood. It was a first for Indian cinema to have properly choreographed pieces with dancers who were trained and had fit bodies. This movie—Dil Toh Pagal Hai—is considering a turning point for dance in Bollywood movies.”

A marker of his success is the fact that the term Bollywood now refers to a dance style, as well as to the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. If old Bollywood dance was modeled on classical styles like bharata natyam and kathak, or folk dances like bhangra, the new Bollywood marries those older forms with western genres like contemporary, jazz, and hip hop.

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Dance Fans Can See Bolshoi Performances at Local Cinemas


Through a partnership with French movie theatre giant Gaumont-Pathé, four performances of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet will be beamed to 300 cinemas in 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, and France, as reported by CBC News.

Similar technology has made it possible for the Metropolitan Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic to reach audiences around the world. The Bolshoi performances will kick off December 19 with The Nutcracker, followed by Gisele on January 23, Don Quixote on March 6, and Coppélia on May 29.

In Canada, the performances will be beamed into Cineplex theatres in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec. Tickets are on sale through

To find a full listing of U.S. cinemas cooperating with the Bolshoi broadcast, visit

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