Attend a ballet at the Royal Opera House in London it is a privilege for a few: once you reach the English capital, you will need to find a ticket in time (in a theater often sold-out), willing to invest several pounds for a nice place in the orchestra stalls. Costs what you cost, an experience to try. In the meantime or in the impossibility, let's rely on an initiative launched a few years ago by now viral diffusion: the best titles of the season, played by great dancers, are broadcast live via satellite in 1500 cinemas in 53 countries around the world. Even in Italy, in a hundred cinemas: just check on the distributor's website Nexo Digital in which cinema of our city the ballet will be screened and, if we want, buy the ticket in advance. Thanks to HD cameras and stereo Dolby sound, ci will seem to be sitting in the best armchair of the Royal Opera House, with the orchestra playing live one step away from us … at the price of just 15 euros. Links from the backstage conducted by the dancer Darcey Bussell will allow us to attend ballet rehearsals and get to know its protagonists. Very appreciated interactivity: spectators in cinemas will be notified of a hashtag, to comment on the show live via social networks.
The 2020 of the Royal Ballet at the cinema begins with a classic of the nineteenth century repertoire: Sleeping Beauty (Thursday 16 January), on the sparkling score of Tchaikovsky, proposed in a historical setting. Danced in typical British style, the ballet is entrusted to two prominent Principals: the very English Lauren Cuthbertson in the role of Aurora and the Italian Federico Bonelli in the part of the Prince.
Sleeping Beauty: Lauren Cuthbertson aka Princess Aurora in The Royal Ballet production 2006
© Tristram Kenton
Also a modern and contemporary vocation company, the Royal Ballet chooses an interesting double show for the cinema (Tuesday 25 February): Dances at a Gathering, a persuasive ballet based on compositions by Chopin by the American master Jerome Robbins, and a world premiere, The Cellist, creation of the choreographer Cathy Marston on the tragic life of the cellist Jacqueline Du Pré.
Swan Lake: Akane Takada in Odette and William Bracewell in Prince Siegfried, The Royal Ballet 2018
© Bill Cooper
Another classic Swan Lake, in a new version modeled on the original by the talented choreographer Liam Scarlett (Wednesday 1 April), to return to the contemporary author with The Dante Project (Thursday 28 May): another world premiere, inspired by the Divine Comedy, signed by the star choreographer Wayne McGregor with scenes by the artist Tacita Dean.
The Dante Project
© Cheryl Mann
For lovers of Russian ballet, orphans for some seasons of a widespread distribution in Italian cinemas, we point out the few theaters and cinemas that have chosen to broadcast the ballets from the legendary Bolshoi Theater in Moscow: the Municipal Theater of Vicenza, the Cinema Teatro Tiberio of Rimini, the Cinema Il Portico of Florence, the Cinema Lux of Rome. This is the calendar: Giselle (Sunday 26 February); **Swan Lake ** (Sunday 23 February); Romeo and Juliet (Sunday 22 or 29 March); Jewels (Sunday 29 April).