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The Met Live 2017-18 Season

The Met Live 2017-18 Season

2017
Oct 14: Mozart, Die Zauberflöte
Nov 18: Adès, The Exterminating Angel
Dec 9: Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel

2018
Jan 27: Puccini, Tosca
Feb 10: Donizetti, L’Elisir d’Amore – 12 PM
Feb 24: Puccini, La Bohème – 12:30 PM
Mar 10: Rossini, Semiramide
Mar 31: Mozart, Così fan tutte
April 14: Verdi, Luisa Miller – 12:30 PM
April 28: Massenet, Cendrillon

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Bolshoi Ballet 2017-18 Season

Bolshoi Ballet 2017-18 Season

October 22: Le Corsaire
LIVE FROM MOSCOW
Music: Adolphe Adam, Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, Libretto: Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier

November 19: The Taming of the Shrew
Music: Dmitri Shostakovich, Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot, By: William Shakespeare

December 17: The Nutcracker
SPECIAL HOLIDAY ENCORE
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich, Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich

January 21: Romeo and Juliet
LIVE FROM MOSCOWNEW PRODUCTION!
Music: Sergei Prokofiev, Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

February 4: The Lady of the Camellias
Music: Frédéric Chopin, Choreography: John Neumeier, By: Alexandre Dumas

March 4: The Flames of Paris
LIVE FROM MOSCOW
Music: Boris Asafiev, Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, Libretto: Nikolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev

April 8: Giselle
Music: Adolphe Adam, Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich, Libretto: Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

June 10: Coppélia
LIVE FROM MOSCOW
Music: Leo Delibes, Choreography: Sergei Vikharev, Libretto: Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Season 5

Exhibition on Screen: Season 5

CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE
Tuesday, Nov 21 & Sunday, Dec 3
An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Directed by David Bickerstaff.

DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Tuesday, Jan 23 & Sunday, Jan 28
This film allows up-close access to this 21st-century master and his two recent blockbuster exhibitions held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow.

CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE
Tuesday, March 20 & Sunday March 25
One of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington. Directed by Phil Grabsky.

VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING
Tuesday, May 22 & Sunday, June 3
Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.

I, CLAUDE MONET
Tuesday, June 19
Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

LIVE FROM MOSCOW

Sunday, October 22 – 12:55 PM

Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto: Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier

Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha. Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem complete with a magnificent awe-inspring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.


 


 

Walk With Me

Walk With Me

MIND-BODY-SPIRIT Program Series

Friday, October 27, 7 PM

Directed by: Max Pugh & Marc J. Francis
Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch

Dr. Beth Gershuny

Before the Film: Psychologist & Meditation Teacher, Dr. Beth Gershuny, Founder & President of Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute, Rhinebeck will lead the audience in a mini guided meditation.

After the Film: Stay for a discussion and Q&A with a panel of integrative healthcare practitioners from Izlind, facilitated by Dr. Gershuny.

“Slow down and breathe. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold, LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil.” -Laure Bonville

 


 

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Saturday, October 28, 7 PM

Featuring music icons: Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, Taboo

RUMBLE tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence.

Peter McEachern

After the film: Please remain for a discussion and Q&A led by Peter McEachern., Chair of the Music Department at Salisbury School and accomplished professional musician together with Renowned Musician, Composer & Producer Steve Ide (Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Empire Brass, Reverend Tor, Lorraine Nelson, David Grover).

Steve Ide

Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but arguably no single piece of music was more influential than the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray. “Rumble” was the first song to use distortion and feedback. It introduced the rock power chord – and was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from the radio for fear it would incite violence. Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution. Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, jazz singer Mildred Bailey, guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history. Learn more…

 


 

RSC LIve: Coriolanus

RSC LIve: Coriolanus

Sunday, October 29 – 1PM

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the RSC’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

 


 

NT Live: Follies

NT Live: Follies

book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Thursday, November 16, 7 PM

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

 


 

Heal

Heal

MIND-BODY-SPIRIT Program Series

Friday, November 17, 7 PM

Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, Anthony William the Medical Medium, and more.
Director: Kelly Noonan Gores

Dr. Beth Gershuny

Before the Film: Psychologist & Meditation Teacher, Dr. Beth Gershuny, Founder & President of Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute, Rhinebeck will lead the audience in a mini guided meditation.

After the Film: Stay for a discussion and Q&A with a panel of integrative healthcare practitioners from Izlind, facilitated by Dr. Gershuny.

Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all.

 


 

Met Live: Thomas Adès, The Exterminating Angel

Met Live: Thomas Adès, The Exterminating Angel

AMERICAN PREMIERE

Saturday, November 18 – 12:55 PM

Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.




 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

Sunday, November 19 – 12:55 PM

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
By: William Shakespeare

Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However, when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter. Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another.

 


 

FilmWorks Forum: Il Villaggio di Millbrook

FilmWorks Forum: Il Villaggio di Millbrook

Presented in partnership with Beartooth Film Productions
Sunday, November 19 – 11 AM

FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING

J Galassi

Join us after the film for a discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Jonathan Galassi, President & Publisher – Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Two years in the making, “Il Villaggio di Millbrook” (“The Village of Millbrook”) is a beautifully filmed, sensitive documentary about immigration and assimilation in small-town America. It was the vision of Barbara Hanson Pierce, a longtime Dutchess County resident, who wanted to explore Millbrook’s Italian roots. The film grew out of Millbrook’s Museum in the Streets© project, a permanent, bi-lingual, historical walking tour of the village, which Pierce, as co-chair, shepherded to its opening in 2014. As a follow-up, she wanted to film the stories of some of Millbrook’s oldest families of Italian descent, whose ancestors came in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work on the great estates.Through a combination of skillful camera work and seamless editing, the film interweaves historical photos with 15 moving and sometimes amusing interviews. It combines memory and nostalgia, and conveys a sense of the fabric of the community that united these Italian immigrants in their new country, as they adapted to this small village in upstate New York. The historical photos in the film were culled from a wide variety of places, including the Millbrook Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Jonathan Robertson composed an original score.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice

From The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Directed by: David Bickerstaff

Wednesday, November 21, 7PM & Sunday, December 3, 1 PM

Exhibition on Screen open its fifth season with an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views – from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

 


 

NT Live: Young Marx

NT Live: Young Marx

Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Thursday, December 7, 7 PM

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner, reuniting the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
Starring: Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.

But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

 


 

Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Wednesday, December 13, 7PM
From the Royal Opera House, London

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Conductor: Koen Kessels

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

 


 

FilmWorks Forum: A Plastic Ocean

FilmWorks Forum: A Plastic Ocean

Presented by Salisbury Forum

Sunday, January 21 – 11:30 AM

When producer Jo Ruxton joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to ascertain its impact and discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean.

The problem of plastic pollution is growing exponentially every year; we are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic, half of this is designed for single use, and each year around 8 million tons of it ends up in our oceans. We can solve this problem and we can do it by educating and engaging everyone in a conversation to rethink plastic. Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’. Plastic Oceans Foundation engages people of all ages, in all social situations, to understand the danger of continuing to perceive plastic to be disposable. Once they become aware of the ultimate threat to human health, it will become a personal choice to prevent plastic waste from entering the environment.

Learn more…

 


 

NTLive Encore: Hamlet

NTLive Encore: Hamlet

Thursday, March 8, 7 PM

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica)

Cumberbatch, star of BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre, takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.


 


 

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

Sunday, March 11 – 1PM

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of “the whirligig of time”, with Adrian Edmondson (Bottom, The Young Ones) in the role of Malvolio and Kara Tointon (ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Sound of Music Live!) in the role of Olivia.

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

 


 

Nt Live: Julius Caesar

Nt Live: Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare
Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 PM

Nicholas Hytner directs a new take on the Shakespeare classic

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

 


 

Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale

Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale

Wednesday, April 18, 7PM
Live from The Royal Opera House, London
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

Chorepgraphy: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Conductor: Alondra de la Parra

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

 


 

Royal Ballet: The Age of Anxiety

Royal Ballet: The Age of Anxiety

Wednesday, May 2 – 7PM
WORLD PREMIERE – Live from the Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein program from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Koen Kessels

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Royal Ballet: Manon

Royal Ballet: Manon

Wednesday, May 30, 7PM
Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet
Conductor: Martin Yates

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

 


 

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Wednesday, July 18, 7PM
Live from the Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Additional choreography: Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Koen Kessels

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

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