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Monday, July 11, 2011

From Russia, with depth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Live broadcasts of cultural events to local movie theaters have truly taken off in recent years. The Metropolitan Opera was the first on the scene with their incredibly popular series of Saturday matinees. The Live in HD broadcasts became so popular in fact that the Met even started adding extra theaters, more screens, and encore showings. Now other arts organizations are clamoring to get on board. Recently, we've seen promotional materials for live broadcasts of the National Theatre in London, Shakespeare's Globe, Mystery Science Theatre, La Scala and even Prairie Home Companion and the LA Philharmonic. (Our stance on that particular matter still remains: Bassoon players are meant to be heard, not seen. And Garrison Keillor probably shouldn't even be heard.)

Next up, in theaters tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12, it's Giselle in 3D from no less than the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. It's billing itself as "the world's first 3D ballet," and though it does sound kind of like a gag from a Mel Brooks movie, we're actually willing to give this one a chance. Filmed ballet always ends up a bit flat, so the well-considered use of 3D technology could, in fact, bring the sense of depth and immediacy that so many movies of dance tend to lack. This Giselle will kick off on Tuesday, July 12 at 12:00 p.m., followed by a second performance at 7:30 p.m at local theaters including Barrett Commons 14 with IMAX, Discover Mills 18, and Southlake Pavilion 24 with IMAX. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Fathom Events.

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