“The Royal Ballet Series 2014 Cinema Season” Returns With Renowned Classic Ballet Performances

  “The Royal Ballet Series 2014 Cinema Season” Returns With Renowned Classic
  Ballet Performances

Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media, Mr Wolf and the Royal Opera House Present
 the Second Series of World-Class Ballet with “Giselle,” “Swan Lake” and “The
                Sleeping Beauty” in Select U.S. Movie Theaters

Business Wire

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- January 7, 2014

Fathom Events, Arts Alliance Media and Mr Wolf extend the splendor of Great
Britain’s world-renowned Royal Ballet to select U.S. movie theaters with the
continuation of “The Royal Ballet 2014 Cinema Season.” With a new production
of special one-night performances brought to the big screen monthly through
March, this series of popular storybook and classic ballets will begin with
the romantic “Giselle” on Monday, Jan. 27; followed by the legendary “Swan
Lake” on Thursday, Feb. 20; and the classic tale “The Sleeping Beauty” on
Thursday, March 20. The renowned Royal Ballet, based at the Royal Opera House
in London’s Covent Garden, is led by Director Kevin O'Hare 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 the
foremost choreographers of today. Previous ballets in the series included
2013’s “Don Quixote,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Nutcracker”
concluding the 2013 series on Dec. 17, 2013.

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 Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to
change). The event will be broadcast to over 330 select movie theaters across
the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.

“Giselle” – Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time

The greatest of all romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius
Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, supernatural spirits and love that
transcends death. “Giselle” reunites Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as
Count Albrecht with Principal Dancer Natalia Osipova in the title role on the
iconic Covent Garden stage. On the big screen together for the first time, the
pair will dazzle audiences as Acosta is considered one of the most influential
male dancers of his time and Osipova is an award-winning ballerina who was a
Principal with the Mikhailovsky Ballet and ABT before joining The Royal Ballet
in 2003. Boris Gruzin conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra. “Giselle”
transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and
remains at the center of the classical repertory. The Royal Ballet’s
production uses Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original
choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), first staged in St. Petersburg
in 1884.

“Swan Lake” –  Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time

“Swan Lake”was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. The
twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan
tests the full range of a ballerina's powers. Other highlights include
American Nehemiah Kish dancing the role of Prince Siegfried as well as the
charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping
ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the royal palace. Anthony Dowell's
romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the
choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the
contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering
fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical
setting.

“The Sleeping Beauty” – Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time

Perrault’s beloved fairytale, “The Sleeping Beauty,” is imbued with wonder and
excitement in this sumptuous ballet. Exquisite costumes by Franca Squarciapino
and spectacular sets by the celebrated Italian art director Ezio Frigerio
provide a brilliant visual feast. The tale of an ill-fated princess played by
American Sarah Lamb, an enchanted sleep and the magical power of a prince’s
kiss is brought to life through Tchaikovsky’s incomparable score.

“We are excited to extend the series of London’s Royal Opera House into the
New Year,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events.
“‘The Royal Ballet Series 2014 Cinema Season’ is a wonderful opportunity for
ballet fans to continue experiencing the magic of the world-class Royal Ballet
right in their favorite movie theater.”

For more information about Royal Opera House and the ballet series, please
visit www.roh.org.uk and http://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas.

About AC JV, LLC

Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is
the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a
variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide
that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the
performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series,
Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars,
socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally,
Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras –
creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned
by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC
Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network
(“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing
live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas®
(including all of the top 50). For more information, visit
www.fathomevents.com.

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 3,850VPF 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 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.

For artwork/photos related to “The Royal Ballet,” click here.

Contact:

Fathom Events
Christine Pomorski, 303-792-8763
christine.pomorski@ncm.com
or
Scoop Marketing for Fathom Events
Erik Stein, 818-761-6100
estein@solters.com
or
MPRM for Arts Alliance Media
323-033-3399
ROH@mprm.com
 
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