A new cinema series by Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, kicked off this week with San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet. The series brings first-class performances by four of America’s top dance companies to more than 600 select movie theaters nationwide. The special one-night-only screenings feature the company’s full production in HD along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews presented by hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan from “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”
Shakespeare’s most famous love story was retold on September 24 through the exquisite dancing of Principal Dancers Davit Karapetyan and Maria Kochetkova, who played the title roles and were joined by the 75-member company. The production was accompanied by a lush beautifully authentic set and music by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, which was led by Music Director & Principal Conductor Martin West.
The series continues throughout the fall and winter, providing the arts to audiences around the country, including some that may not have the fortune to live in the cities that house these groundbreaking companies:
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on October 22 will perform Revelations, created by company founder Alvin Ailey, and additional works by Wayne McGregor, Ronald K. Brown and the company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle.
- On November 12, Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s premier Latino dance company, presents a contemporary take on the opera Carmen and the nightclub scene of Club Havana.
- Just in time for the holidays, two screenings of New York City Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on December 5 and 10 will conclude the series’ inaugural season.
Art Feed Online will cover the remaining productions, including an inside look at behind-the-scene of the productions, interviews and preparation for these quality performances. For more information: www.lincolncenter.org/festival/lincoln-center-at-the-movies-great-american-dance.
Lincoln Center Education has put together interactive Learning Guides to complement each of these performances. According to the website: “These discussion-based guides—which have been adapted for various age groups—use videos, readings, images, written activities and discussion questions to get a nuanced understanding of each production, including historic context, music, choreography, and design.” To download a guide: lincolncenteratthemovies.org/education.