TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/24/10 -- Cineplex Entertainment ("Cineplex") (TSX: CGX.UN) and D Films Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of a four-part series of live performances from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. Each performance will be captured live in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound, and broadcast via satellite to select Cineplex Entertainment cinemas across Canada.
Keeping with Cineplex's tradition in bringing the seasonal favourite, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, to cinema audiences, this will be the first live performance of the series. It will premiere on Sunday, December 19th at 11:00 am EST, (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST). This ballet draws on all the imagination and fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story of Christmas Eve and a night of magical adventures. With choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, this production stars Nina Kaptsova as Marie and Artem Ovcharenko as The Nutcracker/The Prince.
"We're very excited to partner with Cineplex Entertainment to bring the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet live to Cineplex theatres across Canada," said Tony Cianciotta, President of Acquisitions for D Films. "These stunningly shot performances will appeal to audiences of all ages."
"The Bolshoi Ballet Series is another example of the extraordinary world class performances that Cineplex Entertainment presents to our guests across Canada as part of our Front Row Centre Events program," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "These events make you feel as if you are sitting front row centre - whether it is in Moscow for the Bolshoi Ballet, at Lincoln Centre in New York City for The Met Opera, or in Los Angeles for the LA Philharmonic orchestra, among others. Our core business is Hollywood and Canadian movies however these events and others have turned our theatres into true entertainment destinations."
The Bolshoi Ballet Series also includes:
Class Concert and Giselle
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 11am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST) Two ballets in 2 acts from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
A quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle recounts the moving story of a peasant girl whose everlasting love transcends death. The new choreographic version is by Yuri Grigorovich with music by Adolphe Adam.
Created in the early 1960s, Class Concert is a gloriously romanticized version of the ballet class that dancers do every day. From exercises at the barre to displays of beauty and strength at center stage, Asaf Messerer's entertaining circus of a ballet zips through the most difficult combinations with glee and brings panache to the most basic. This production is staged by Mikhail Messerer, the choreographer's nephew. The music, a compilation including Glazunov and Shostakovich, is a cornucopia of melody, played superbly by the Bolshoi Orchestra. Celebrated prima ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova stars.
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 11 am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST)
A stunning production, based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, this ballet was originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1869. The choreography is by Alexei Fadeyechev with music by Ludwig Minkus.
Sunday, May 29, 2011, 11am EST (time shifted to 11:00 am CST and PST, and 12 pm MST)
In this joyous and witty version written by George Balanchine, a beautiful mechanical doll threatens the happiness of two lovers. The original choreography by Marius Petipa is recreated by Sergei Vikharev. Music is by Leo Delibes.
Tickets for the 2010-2011 performances go on sale Friday, November 26, 2010 online at www.cineplex.com/events and at the participating theatres listed below. For more information on Cineplex Entertainment and Front Row Centre events, visit www.cineplex.com.
BRITISH COLUMBIA Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street Kamloops Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas, 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway Langley Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue Prince George Famous Players 6 Cinemas, 172-1600 Fifth Avenue Vancouver Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, 3130 Tillicum Road ALBERTA Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre, 261055 CrossIron Boulevard Edmonton Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas, 14231-137th Avenue NW Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW Grand Prairie Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas, 10330-109th Street MANITOBA Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas, 160-1255 St. Mary's Road SASKATCHEWAN Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue ONTARIO Belleville Galaxy Cinemas Belleville, 160 Bell Boulevard Brantford Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 300 King George Road Brockville Galaxy Cinemas Brockville, 2399 Parkedale Avenue Burlington SilverCity Burlington Cinemas, 1250 Brant Street Cornwall Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall, 1325 Second Street E Etobicoke Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road W London Cineplex Odeon Westmount & VIP Cinemas, 755 Wonderland Road S Midland Galaxy Cinemas Midland, 9226 County Road 93 Mississauga Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas, 309 Rathburn Road W Newmarket SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas, 18151 Yonge Street North Bay Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, 300 Lakeshore Drive Oakville SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road Orangeville Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville, 85 Fifth Avenue Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N Ottawa Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas, 2214 Bank Street Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound, 1020 10th Street Scarborough Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas, 300 Borough Drive St. Thomas Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas, 417 Wellington Street Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street Toronto SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas, 2300 Yonge Street Windsor Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, 3100 Howard Avenue Woodbridge Colossus Vaughan Cinemas, 3555 Highway 7 W QUEBEC Brossard Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc Cote St. Luc Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall, 5800 boul. Cavendish Laval Colossus Laval Cinemas, 2800 rue Cosmodome Montreal Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas, 350 rue Emery Sherbrooke Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke, 4204 rue Bertrand Ste.Foy Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis Trois Rivieres Galaxy Cinemas Fleur-de-Lys, 4520 boul. des Recollets Victoriaville Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville, 1121 Jutras Est
About D Films:
Founded in May 2009 by President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Sherry, D FILMS is a full service marketing and motion picture distribution boutique that acquires exclusive, long term rights to filmed entertainment across all media platforms, including theatrical, television, home entertainment and Internet. In addition to holding an exclusive long-term, multi-picture output deal with leading UK sales and distribution company, the Icon UK group, D FILMS has acquired exclusive, long term rights to 16 additional independently produced motion pictures and holds the largest catalogue of alternative content of any Canadian Distributor. For more information, visit www.dfilmscorp.ca.
About Cineplex Entertainment
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,350 screens located from British Columbia to Quebec. As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada serving approximately 70 million guests annually, Cineplex Entertainment is the exclusive provider of UltraAVXand the leading exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country. With a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees, the company operates the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. Cineplex Entertainment is proud to be a major supporter of The Starlight Children's Foundation and regularly conducts various fundraising initiatives throughout the year including the annual Starlight pin campaign. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 99.7% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.
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