CENTENNIAL, Colo.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--NCM Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media and Mr Wolf are bringing Great Britain’s world-renowned Royal Ballet to select U.S. movie theaters nationwide with “The Royal Opera House Ballet Series.” Led by director Kevin O’Hare, this new series of popular storybook and classic ballets brings a new production of special one-night performances to the big screen once per month beginning with “Don Quixote” on Wednesday, Oct. 16. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” will follow on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with “The Nutcracker” concluding the 2013 series on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Based at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet is one of the top five ballet companies in the world and features a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the great classical ballets as well as the new works choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and other notable choreographers.
“This exciting new series brings all the splendor of London’s Royal Opera House to the local cinema”
Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to nearly 500 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
Quixote” - Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time
The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets and one of the most well-loved version is by 19th-century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Carlos Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and now brings his unique and vibrant vision to the story, drawing on Petipa and with music by Ludwig Minkus, full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. “Don Quixote,” with its famously bravura Act III pas de deux and its infectious joie de vivre, makes for a wonderfully entertaining evening.
Adventures in Wonderland” – Tuesday, Nov. 19 at
7:00 p.m. local time
Pre-recorded earlier this year in April and featuring U.S. dancer Sarah Lamb, Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters down the rabbit hole including the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious rendition of the famous Rose Adagio from “The Sleeping Beauty;” to dancing playing cards; a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. There is a love narrative for Alice and the Knave of Hearts, and they dance a tender pas de deux at the close of Act II. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and an unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.
Nutcracker” – Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. local time
A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's glittering score. From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to “The Nutcracker,” a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in motion the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara. “The Nutcracker” unfolds over two glorious acts. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.
“This exciting new series brings all the splendor of London’s Royal Opera House to the local cinema,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “With ‘The Royal Opera House Ballet Series,’ ballet fans will experience the best of The Royal Ballet’s brilliant choreography and vivid set design without ever having to travel abroad.”
About National CineMedia (NCM)
National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,600 screens (approximately 18,800 digital). During 2012, over 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of approximately 750 locations in 173 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 37 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 47.0% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com. (NCMI-E)
About Arts Alliance Media
Arts Alliance Media, based in London with offices in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo, Milan and Berlin, is the worldwide leader in digital cinema, offering a complete range of services, as well as VPF financing solutions for digital conversion.
These services include installation, maintenance and support for digital cinema systems; world-class software solutions; management and delivery of content to cinemas; and alternative content and live events. AAM has European Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements in place with all six Hollywood studios and has signed over 3,850 VPF screens in multiple territories, including with many leading exhibitors. The company recently activated its Latin American VPF programme with a raft of exhibitor signings in the past weeks. AAM's digital cinema software currently touches approximately 15,000 screens worldwide.
The London-based Network Operations Centre supports over 5,500 digital screens around the world, and the company’s digital cinema lab has mastered over 2500 titles to date, and shipped hundreds of thousands of DCPs. AAM’s strategic partnership with Arqiva allows exhibitors to benefit from satellite delivery of content to cinemas. Arts Alliance Media was founded in 2003 by Thomas Høegh.
About Mr Wolf
Founded in 2012 by Alfred Chubb with Arts Alliance Ventures, Mr Wolf produces and finances live events and music based feature films for worldwide distribution on all formats. Visit http://www.mrwolf.com/
About The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House continues to lead the way in opera, ballet, music and dance in cinema both 2D and 3D and the many platforms available including digital downloads, CD, DVD and BLU-ray all distributed through Opus Arte and the new partnership with Digital Theatre, which allows ROH productions to be accessed on all of Digital Theatre’s platforms including its apps for the iPhone, iPad and Samsung Smart TV as well as being available for streaming from the internet. Each year the number of cinema sites in the UK alone that carry Royal Opera House screenings is steadily increasing with more than 350 sites in the UK taking the entire Royal Opera House Cinema Season and over 1000 sites worldwide.
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