9 Dance Films Coming To The Bryn Mawr Film Institute That Are Not To Be Missed

For this Fall and Winter, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI), located at 824 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA, is offering up nine new dance films that will entertain, engage, and educate audiences. BMFI is a non-profit community theater founded in 2002 by the region’s academic, business, and civic leaders. Their goal has been to strengthen the community by providing the opportunity for diverse segments to meet, learn, share ideas, and develop talents and understanding through the catalyst of film.

BMFI once again offers up a healthy slate of dance performances on film, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to The Lady of Camellias,  as well as some exclusive showings such as the Bolshoi Ballet’s Taming of The Shrew. Of course, there are the annual favorites such as Giselle and The Nutcracker. And this year, they have added some additional gems like the Bolshoi Ballet’s Jewels and a touch of flamenco with Movimientos.  The dance films tend to be a single showing date with prices averaging $20 for general public, $18 for members and $10 for students w. ID. Tickets are available online through their web site at www.brynmawrfilm.org or you can call their hotline at 610.527.9898



Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 · 7 pm
Performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon – Music by Joby Talbot – 2 hr 55 min
Starring Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli, Alexander Campbell, Zenaida Yanowsky, Steven McRae
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book, is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognizable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit, and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts. This brilliant realization of Carroll’s zany dream-world features stunning choreography, a colorful score, and ingenious stage magic.



Sunday, November 8, 2015 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Adolphe Adam – 2 hr 20 min
The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.



Sunday, November 29, 2015 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by George Balanchine – Music by Gabriel Fauré (“Emeralds”), Igor Stravinsky (“Rubies”), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (“Diamonds”) – 2 hr 5 min
Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style: Paris, New York, and St Petersburg, each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby, and diamond. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece.



Flamenco: Movimientos
Sunday, December 13, 2015 · 1 pm
Performed by the Antonio Gades Company at the Teatro Real in Madrid
Choreography by Stella Ara – Artistic direction by Hugo Pérez de la Pica – 2 hr
Seductive and enticing, the renowned Antonio Gades Company performs flamenco at the Teatro Real in Madrid.



The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 20, 2015 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Piotr Tchaikovsky – Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich – 2 hr 10 min
On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift. When the clock strikes midnight, the Nutcracker transforms into a prince and saves Marie from the Mouse King and his army. This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie.



The Lady of Camellias
Sunday, January 10, 2016 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by John Neumeier – Music by Frédéric Chopin – 3 hr 5 min
A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver.



The Taming of the Shrew
Sunday, February 21, 2016 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot – Music by Dmitri Shostakovich – 2 hr 5 min
Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!



Sunday, March 13, 2016 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Aram Kachaturian – 2 hr, 50 min
Starring Mikhail Lobukhin, Vlad Lantratov, Svetlana Zakharova, Anna Nikulina
In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian king, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval. Grigorovich’s Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the virility and strengh for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, along with Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina and Vladislav Lantratov as Crassus.



Don Quixote
Sunday, May 1, 2016 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky) – Music by Leon Minkus – 3 hr 10 min
Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love. The Bolshoi’s panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colorful and technically challenging production, Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed!

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