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Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance

By Katie Jenkins

Lincoln Center is transporting its prestigious New York City stage to movie theaters across the country, including two in the Charlotte area. Their new film series, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, launches this fall by sharing the work of four distinct ballet companies with a wider audience. The premiere performance is this week’s limited theatrical release of San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet on September 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for showings at AMC Concord Mills 24 and Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen Stadium 22 in south Charlotte.

Romeo & Juliet is a great selection for the inaugural performance of Great American Dance. While not everyone has the opportunity to become familiar with classical ballet, the audience will certainly know the story of the two ill-fated teens. The movie will also include rehearsal footage and interviews with the artists, which goes beyond what a live audience gets to experience in a theatre.

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San Francisco Ballet’s Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson created his interpretation of the iconic Shakespeare play in 1994 and Thomas Grimm directed the production for its film release this year. In addition to captivating pas de deuxes between Principal Dancers Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan, Romeo & Juliet offers action packed choreography from the collaboration of Tomasson and Martino Pistone. Both a seasoned ballet audience member and someone who is seeking an introduction to dance will enjoy this example of San Francisco Ballet’s classical repertoire.

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance also concludes with an iconic ballet. The final piece of the series is George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by New York City Ballet. This holiday classic will be in theatres on December 5 at 12:55 p.m. and December 10 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte audiences can also look forward to seeing a diverse collection of modern dance, as the Great American Dance series will showcase work by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Ballet Hispanico. Their performances filmed at Lincoln Center will each include multiple contemporary ballet pieces.

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Lincoln Center has been committed to sharing the experience of live performances with wider and more diverse audiences. They continue to broadcast once in a lifetime theatre and music productions on PBS with their Live from Lincoln Center series. This partnership includes this year’s Emmy-nominated showing of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson (also nominated) and the Tony Awards recorder breaker Audra McDonald.

Save the date for these opportunities to experience this virtual tour of Great American Dance here in Charlotte:

September 24: SF Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

October 22: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Chroma, Grace, Takademe, and Revelations

November 12: Ballet Hispanico’s Carmen.maquia and Club Havana

December 5 and 10: New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

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