‘Swan Lake’ shown live on local screensWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For one night only, residents of Toledo will be able to experience live Russian ballet on the big screen.
The famed Mariinsky Ballet is broadcasting its production of “Swan Lake” live from Russia in 2-D and 3-D at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at Franklin Park and Fallen Timbers.
This is the first time a ballet company has live-broadcast a show in 3-D worldwide, said Versa Manos, president of Gorgeous Media Group.
“It’s being performed live in St. Petersburg, and it will be broadcast around the world. In America, 400 theaters will be receiving it,” Manos said.
“Swan Lake,” one of several popular ballets by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, tells the story of the beautiful princess Odette, who was cursed by an evil sorcerer to live as a swan by day and a human by night.
“Swan Lake” will be shown locally at Franklin Park 16 and Fallen Timbers 14. Tickets cost $12.50 and are available online for purchase at www.FathomEvents.com.
“Fathom events brings alternative entertainment to movie theaters. We work with different organizations to bring one-night-only events to movie theaters. We have a wide broadcast network around the country that we bring events to,” said Michelle Portillo, senior PR manager for National CineMedia (NCM)/Fathom Events.
The same high-definition filming techniques and technology that were used to film “Avatar” and “Life of Pi,” pioneered by director James Cameron within his Cameron-Pace Group, will be used for “Swan Lake.”
“They have in the past, broadcast from the Mariinsky [Theatre] live, but never in 3-D. What we have been told is that they are planning on broadcasting more shows 3-D in the future,” said Robert Hensley, VP of special projects from Gorgeous Media Group.
Prima ballerina and principal dancer Yekaterina Kondaurova will star in the production as the dual role of Odette and Odile.
Also starring in the show as a featured performer is American ballerina Keenan Kampa.
“Keenan Kampa is the first American dancer to join the Mariinsky Company in the 275 years of the ballet,” Manos said.
The artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is Valery Gerviev, who is also the principal conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra.
This is the second time that the Mariinsky Theatre has been in the news in recent weeks. On May 2, the company opened a sister theater next door to its first building, which dates from the 19th century. The new theater hall holds 2,000 people, while the old building is able to hold 1,600 in its main hall and 1,000 in its separate concert hall.
“Swan Lake” is being presented by Omniverse Vision and NCM in association with Cameron-Pace Group with Glass Slipper and the Mariinsky Theatre.
“We’ve brought ballets to movie theaters in the past few years. This is a different version. We are excited to bring the original ‘Swan Lake’ from the Mariinsky Theatre to theaters,” Portillo said.