THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS BALLET, THE NUTCRACKER, COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN FROM THE BOLSHOI BALLET
A new season of seven wonderful ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company – one of the world’s great powerhouses of classical ballet – is currently being screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau theatres.
The next ballet to be enjoyed on the big screen is the magical The Nutcracker, which releases on Saturday, 17 December for limited shows. As the perfect ballet for the whole family to watch in the lead up to Christmas, the ballet will enjoy special, family-friendly screening times.
The other productions in this season include: Swan Lake (18 February 2017), The Sleeping Beauty (10 March), A Contemporary Evening (21 April) and finally, A Hero of our Time (12 May). The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live.
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale, choreographed by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich to the beautiful musical composed by Tchaikovsky, promises to transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. But, before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie…
This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi Ballet on 21 December 2014, for broadcast into cinemas around the world, including South Africa, this December. The Nutcracker stars Anna Nikulina as Marie, with Denis Rodkin as her Nutcracker Prince. Andrei Merkuriev dances the role of Drosselmeyer with Vitaly Biktimirov as the Mouse King, accompanied by the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.
The Bolshoi Ballet is the quintessential ballet company, presenting works of astounding skill, daring and bravura that leave audiences the world over spellbound. This season of ballets broadcast in cinemas is no different, with the company’s incredible productions set to feature some of the world’s greatest dancers.
The Nutcracker releases on South African screens on Saturday, 17 December for four screenings only – on 17 and 21 December at 19:45, and on 18 and 22 December at 14:30 – only at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 135mins, including one interval.
Ballerina – Never give up on your dreams…
Another treat for ballet lovers and movie lovers this holiday season, is the release of the delightful animated feature, Ballerina, which dances its way onto Ster-Kinekor screens (in 2D and 3D) from 06 January 2017. Set in 1879 Paris, an orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. The film has a running time of 90mins and carries a PG classification.