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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lakecomes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is ‘as bold and beautiful as ever’ (★★★★★ Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Retaining the iconic elements of the original staging loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) have created a ‘spellbinding’ (★★★★★ Independent) re-imagining of this classic New Adventures production. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake stars Will Bozier as The Swan/The Stranger, Liam Mower as The Prince and Nicole Kabera as The Queen.

Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is ‘still original, still unmissable’ (★★★★★ Metro), a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

 

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliethas been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’.  Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. Our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.

Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

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Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

 

A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a powerful and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

 

Neil Westmoreland – Resident DirectorFollowing the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes New Adventures returned in 2017 with one of our most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War.Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and video and projection designed by Duncan McLean, Cinderella is performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra.

Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of November 2019 to the 31st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania.

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Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

 

This fascinating cinema eventopens with a brand-new documentaryabout the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary – and at times controversial – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts.It will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits,just after it opens in London. The cinema audience will be given an engaging and lively guided tour by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

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DON GIOVANNI (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 8 October 2019, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 13 October 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 29 October – 28 November
Run Time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Mozart
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Cast includes: Erwin Schrott, Roberto Tagliavini

Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite. >> Read more…

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Plácido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Gala Evening

 

With an illustrious career spanning five decades: over 150 stage roles, 11 Grammy Awards and his iconic performances alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras as one of the Three Tenors, the legendary Plácido Domingo continues to astound audiences with a vocal talent unmatched in power. For one very special night, Plácido Domingo returns to the breathtaking Arena Di Verona amphitheatre for this anniversary gala evening, 50 years after his debut, revisiting three of his greatest ever roles in Verdi’s Nabucco, Simon Boccanegraand Macbeth.

Theatrical rights are available for Plácido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Gala Evening from the 1st of October 2019 to the 31st of December 2019 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Royal Opera House 2019/20 Live Cinema Season

 

12 BLOCKBUSTER TITLES, ONE CINEMA SEASON LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2019/20

With 12 titles set to be broadcast to more than 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries across the globe, the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season 2019/20 will showcase a wide variety of ballet and opera, including some exciting new works, all relayed live from Covent Garden.

The 2019/20 Season will feature the great classic of The Royal Ballet’s repertory Swan Lake and world-renowned opera stars including Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Erwin Schrott, Nina Stemme and Sonya Yoncheva among many others. As an optional addition to the season, the 2016 production of The Nutcracker will be available on DCP throughout December 2019.

Including some of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet’s much-loved classical repertory, the world’s top ballet and opera stars, and four brand new productions, Pannonia Entertainment distributes live satellite broadcasts and recorded shows of performances from the Covent Garden to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Romania.

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Ella: Just One of Those Things

 

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. – a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.

Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

Theatrical rights are available for Ella Fitzgerald – Just One of Those Things from the 1st of June 2019 to the 1st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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The Winter’s Tale – The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company

 

Following a hugely successful run at London’s Garrick Theatre and the record-breaking cinema broadcast, Pannonia Entertainment are delighted to be bringing Kenneth Branagh’s award winning production of The Winter’s Tale back to the cinema screens for the 2019 festive season.

Recorded live in 2015, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion chain of events with tragic consequences…

The Winter’s Tale stars a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadlex Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this unmissable theatre play to cinemas across Hungary, Poland and Croatia.

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Veni Domine – Advent & Christmas at the Sistine Chapel

 

The Vatican Library is home to the most important and extensive collection of sacred music manuscripts in the world and the Sistine Chapel Choir has unlimited access to this extraordinary archive. The Sistine Chapel choir, the oldest choir in the world, has sung this music for centuries, and in recent years has reached new musical heights of excellence. The Director of the Sistine Chapel, Monsignor Massimo Palombella, has taken on an exciting double challenge. On the one hand, he is presenting polyphonic works from the Vatican Library in new editions reflecting the very highest standards of contemporary academic scholarship in polyphony. On the other hand, he is also developing performance practices for the choir to bring even the most intricate and impossibly difficult motets to life in a way which respects and clarifies the liturgical meaning of the music. Many of the works on this recording by famous names such as Palestrina and Desprez, all written to form part of Papal Celebrations for Advent and Christmas, have never been heard before.

Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Josquin Desprez, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Tomàs Luis de Victoria, Giovanni Maria Nanino, Pérotin, Gregorian Chants
Conductor: Massimo Palombella
Orchestra: Sistine Chapel Choir (Cappella Sistina)
Production year: 2018
Run time: 60 min
Producers: Deutsche Grammophon, C Major Entertainment
Format: 4K

Salvador Dalí – In Search of Immortality

 

The documentary proposes an exhaustive journey through the life and work of Salvador Dal , and also of Gala, his muse and collaborator. It starts in 1929, a crucial year in Dalí’s career and life, as he joined the surrealist group and met Gala, and advances until the year of the artist’s death in 23 January 1989.

In all this vital and artistic journey, Dalí’s favorite places, especially Portlligat, stand out as the only stable home-workshops he possesses; Figueres, his hometown, where he creates his Dalí Theater-Museum, and Púbol, where the Castle is, exponent of courtly love, which Dalí gives to Gala. But naturally other cities, especially Paris and New York are also central.

It is worth noting the numerous documentary contributions that help us get closer to this unique painter of art history, who already has a place among great masters. Contemplating Salvador Dalí himself, Gala, a tour of his creations, approaching and distancing from his family, all through images and documents, some of them unpublished, brings us closer to a painter who has managed to create a character that is a work of art itself. With this documentary we can go beyond the character and approach the painter and the man, and the spaces conceived by him that have helped to shape his immortality, the immortality of a genius.

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Wunderkammer – WOW – World of Wonders (2018)

 

Not unlike a complex molecule, a wonder is made up of tightly-knit atoms. At the core is man’s pursuit of wonder. The Wunderkammer reproduces the idea of “the world in a room”: in one room man collects and controls his own universe. The film features first-hand accounts from modern collectors who share their stories, their experiences, their journeys, their treasures. The viewer is taken into otherwise inaccessible places across France, Italy, Austria and England as the documentary explores the past and present, and delves into today’s Wunderkammer, leading inevitably to the question: What lies in the future for wonder?

Available on DCP from March 2018, till June 29th 2020, Pannonia Entertainment distributes art documentary Wunderkammer – WOW – World of Wonders to cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia.

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ELEKTRA (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Thursday 18 June 2020, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 21 June 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 9 July – 8 August
Run Time: about 2 hours with no interval
Sung in German

Music: Richard Strauss
Director: Christof Loy
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast includes: Nina Stemme, Karita Mattila

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

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THE DANTE PROJECT (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Thursday 28 May 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 31 May 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 17 June – 16 July
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Music: Thomas Adès
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Design: Tacita Dean

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 21 April 2020, 19:00 UK time
Encore: Sunday 26 April 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 12 May – 11 June
Run Time: about 3 hours 10 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Pietro Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Pagliacci)
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Daniel Oren

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life
in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winningproduction by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

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SWAN LAKE (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Wednesday 1 April 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 5 April 2020, 14:00
DCP Window: 22 April – 21 May
Run Time: about 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

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FIDELIO (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 17 March 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 22 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 7 April – 6 March
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in German

Music: Beethoven
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast includes: Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determinedlove and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

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THE CELLIST / DANCES AT A GATHERING

 

Live: Tuesday 25 February 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 1 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 18 March – 17 April
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

 

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

THE CELLIST
Choreography Cathy Marston
Music Philip Feeney
Scenario Cathy Marston and
Edward Kemp
Set designer Hildegard Bechtler
Costume designer Bregje van Balen
Lighting designer Jon Clark
Conductor Andrea Molino

 

DANCES AT A GATHERING
Choreography Jerome Robbins
Music Fryderyk Chopin
Costume Designer Joe Eula

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LA BOHÈME (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 19:45 UK time
Encore: Sunday 2 February 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 19 February – 19 March
Run Time: about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Puccini
Director: Richard Jones
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Cast includes: Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Thursday 16 January 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 19 January 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 6 February – 6 March
Run Time: about 3 hours, including two intervals

Music: Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa / Additional choreography: Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

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THE NUTCRACKER (Recorded 2016) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Available on DCP from: Thursday 17 December 2019 until Tuesday 31 December 2019
Run Time: about 2 hours 15 minutes (intervals TBC)

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanoc
Dancers: TBC

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which timeis suspended, the family
living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journeytakes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glitteringscore, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancingincluding an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make thisNutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

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COPPÉLIA (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 15 December 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 2 January – 1 February
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes including one interval

Music: Léo Delibes
Choreographer: Ninette de Valois after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.

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CONCERTO / ENIGMA VARIATIONS / RAYMONDA ACT III (Ballet) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 5 November 2019, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 10 November 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 26 November – 25 December
Run Time: 3 hours TBC

Music: Donizetti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.

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DON PASQUALE (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20 

 

Live: Thursday 24 October 2019, 19:30 UK time
Encore: Sunday 27 October 2019, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 14 November – 13 December
Run Time: about 2 hours 50 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian

Music: Donizetti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Cast includes: Bryn Terfel

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedyof domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whosesupposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

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Gemenc – The Wild Danube

 

nature documentary, Hungary, 2017 (6)
directed by Frigyes Olma

Running time: 60 Min

The landscape of Gemenc, the largest floodplain woods of Central Europe, is living and developing together with its waters. The river Danube defines the life of the drainage area’s flora and fauna, either by protecting or threatening, building or vanishing the scenery. The forest and the river provide an outstanding habitat for their residents, families of deers, boars, eagles, jackals, beavers, cranes and kingfishers of the Gemenc floodplain woods, including one of the area’s greatest population of the protected black storks. This stunning nature documentary – released with the support of WWF Hungary –  gives us insight into their lives. The film is a result of five years’ stringent and tenacious work: special disguised wildlife monitoring cameras, underwater or drone cameras were used to capture the wildlife of the drainage area including precious and previously unseen images of black storks nesting and raising up their squealers, or dramatic recordings of the big flood of the Danube in 2013. Besides the area’s wildlife, the documentary puts great emphasis on the presentation of the floodplain woods’ unique atmosphere as well, by capturing dawning landscapes and by numerous mid-air shots made with drones, while playing the evergreen melodies of Strauss, Vivaldi, Verdi, Puccini, Mahler and Bartók in the background.

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British Museum Presents Hokusai

 

fascinating new cinema event, Hokusai from the British Museum, is a stunning documentary and exclusive guided tour of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.

Filmed in Japan, France and the UK, the cinema event focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the mysterious and exotic world of closed Japan. Using extraordinary close-ups and ground-breaking 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of Digital Art History.

Hokusai spent his life celebrating and studying his fellow humans as well as obsessively exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a backdrop and spiritual presence.  He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant search for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, is the father of Manga and the only painter with his own emoji.

Available from 1st of September 2018 till 31st of December 2019, on DCP, Pannonia Entertainment distributes this fascinating cinema event across Poland and Hungary.

– Recorded documentary film
– Running time 90 minutes
– 4K and 2K | 2D | 5.1 sound | DCP

BOSCH – The Garden of Dreams

 

poster_artwork_bosch_100x70Under the direction of Jose Luis Lopez Linares, the documentary film focuses on the the most important painting by Bosch and one of the most iconic ones in the world: `The Garden of Earthly Delights’. It features artists, writers, philosophers, musicians and scientists, discussing the personal, historical and artistic significance of the picture, bringing back a conversation that was started 500 years ago in the court of the Dukes of Nassau (Brussels) when it was believed that the painting was commissioned by Bosch.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this stunning 90 min documentary to cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, China and Denmark.

Available till 31th of December 2020.

 

 

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The Golden Jackal (The Kunság – The Secret Life of the Hungarian Puszta)

 

VadKunsag_fotok05In the middle of the Carpathian Basin, lying between the Tisza and the Danube, the landscape is like any other plain in Europe. It was once shaped by winds and rivers, today it bears traces of human activities. However, the Great Hungarian Plain is different. It has a secret life, where something interesting happens all the time…

Pannonia Entertainment distributes  this award winning Hungarian nature documentary to cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithouania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweeden and China.

Available from 24th of March 2016 on DCP.

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