Friday, January 30, 2009

Off to the Ballet Tomorrow - Won't You Join Me?

This picture has been my screensaver at work for the past month, as I've waited and waited for tomorrow to arrive. I'll be going to the ballet, courtesy of Empire Theatres and their Opus Arte in HD program.

If you live in Canada, the major cities host an HD broadcast of the ballet at the movie theatre, at 1:00 pm local time.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia it's at Park Lane
In Moncton, New Brunswick it's at the Empire 8 Trinity Drive
In London, Ontario it's at the Empire Wellington 8 Cinemas
In Mississauga, Ontario it's at the Empire Studio 10 at Square One
In North York, Ontario it's at the Empire Empress Walk 10 Cinemas
In Richmond Hill, Ontario it's at the Empire Elgin Mills 10 Cinemas

For other locations across Canada click here.

The ballet tells the story of country sweethearts Lise and Colas resisting the attempts of her mother to marry her off to a wealthy suitor. It's a light-hearted comic ballet that celebrates rural life while featuring complicated pieces like the ribbon dance (harking back to May pole celebrations.)

I'll have a review of this ballet posted for my arts feature, Through the Opera Glasses this coming Tuesday. You can check out my previous posts featuring the broadcasts of these ballets through the Opus Arte Empire Theatres program:


Don Quixote


Sleeping Beauty

Romeo and Juliet


Amy Ruttan said...

Well, I'm missing it because it's 3p.m., London time. It's funny, I live right behind that Cinema.

I am not kidding you, two minute walk.

Travis Cody said...

I love dance but I've never been to a live ballet. I need to correct that lack.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Amy - I'm going to give you lots of warning before the next one. It will be 'Manon' at 1:00 pm on Sat. Feb. 28th. And I'll post a reminder, too. It's $22.00 - a massive saving compared to live theatre tickets, trust me. The cheapest cheapie ticket for The National Ballet of Canada is $20.00 for a seat way at the tippy top for a matinee. And 'Manon' is very dramatic and tragic. With an absolutely moving pas de deux (love duet dance) that gives me shivers just thinking about it.

Travis - I've noticed how much you love 'Dancing With the Stars' - you should give ballet a try. I'm trying to figure out if you'd be more of a modern dance fan or a traditional classical ballet fan.

Check out In the Middle, somewhat elevated, a William Forsythe piece from 1987 starring French dance superstars Syvlie Guillem and Laurent Hillaire. This is modern or contemporary dance.

Check out The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Marius Petipa who set most of the classical ballets you can think of, including 'Swan Lake', 'Giselle' and 'The Nutcracker'. This clip features Russian dancers Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Malakov. Their performance in this clip is as good as it gets for this piece.

Wylie Kinson said...

Well?? How was it??

I've seen a few live ballets and adore the classical style (not so much the moderne). My all time fave was Sleeping Beauty.

And can I just say that your choice of screen saver was, um... inspiring *hee*
Yes - my mind is on those LEGS (not hers)

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Wylie - Carlos Acosta is good for whatever ails ya. He was marvellous, and Marianela Nunez (from Argentina) was a perfect combination of delicacy, strength and wonderful acting. The art direction choice of rich pastels was really superb.

I'll be posting a review for my arts feature Through the Opera Glasses on Tuesday.

Sandee said...

I'll await your review on Tuesday. I hope you had a great time. :)

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