Met Opera Live in HD. Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death has astounded, infuriated, and inspired audiences since it was first heard. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the repertory.
Part of the COMMUNITY ARTS FILM SERIES, this movie is the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life. NR, 112 min.
Oct - Apr.
Seven stunning films focused on seven unique artists, in partnership with Northwind Arts Center. Series pass available.
10/15 - 10/16
Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off...
Catch Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, and the film debut of Gene Wilder in this classic movie about the notorious bank-robbing pair. The Starlight Room seats 46 and sells out quickly. Seating begins 45 minutes before show time.
Met Opera Live in HD. Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.
Based on Philip Roth's late novel, INDIGNATION takes place in 1951, as Marcus, a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, NJ, travels to a small conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted in the Korean War. But once there, his growing infatuation with his classmate, and his clashes with the college's imposing dean put his and his familys best laid plans to the ultimate test. R, 110 min.
A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, THE GOLDEN AGE makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. It has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.
A stunning documentary about a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who outshines over 70 grown men in an annual traditional eagle competition. She is not only the youngest contestant, but the first-ever female one. Her success is grumbled over, until she proves her true mettle in the task of wintertime hunting, and again blows away the competition. 101 min.
10/29 - 10/30
An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature.
13-year-old Jake moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn into the family home, when his grandfather dies. There he befriends the charismatic Tony, son of a Chilean dressmaker, and new rental tenant to his parents. But the children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever. Directed with humanism and insight, the movie highlights the NYC landscape with a story of life-defining friendships. PG, 85 min.
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIES. A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists.
11/12 & 11/27
Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is illuminated by Helen McCrory, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. London 1952: When Hester Collyer is found in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
A laugh-out-loud masterpiece with bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities and many colorful characters. The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in this brilliantly choreographed smash of a ballerina who decides to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson.
A true story. Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. 120 min.
Based on the acclaimed book of the same name, this film recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth agains David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. The burden of proof was on the defendant, and it was up to Lipstadt to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring Tom Wilkinson. 110 min.
Queen of Katwe is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Starring Lupita N'yongo. 124 min.
11/19 - 11/20
Hamlet returns for two encore presentations. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament. 195 min.
12/3 - 12/4
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice. A tremendous production.
Met Opera Live in HD. This breakthrough opera was described by the NY Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score" and has become one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. A dazzling new production, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea.
12/11 & 12/17
The National Theatre of London's most successful show of all time careens across the screen in this tremendous production. A WWI tale of a boy and his horse, featuring the most incredible life-size puppets you've ever seen. WAR HORSE is a visual stunner.
12/18 & 12/23
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince, with music by Tchaikovsky! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Met Opera Live in HD. Starring Plácido Domingo, music by Verdi. A stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the foundation of the modern nation of Italy.
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIRES. Gerhard Richter, one of the internationally most significant contemporary artists of our times, granted filmmakers access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009 while he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. This film offers us rare insights into his work. In quiet, highly concentrated images, we enjoy a fly-on-the-wall perspective of a very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation.
1/15 & 1/28
Following their hit Broadway run, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart return to London with this legendary show. One summer's evening, two ageing writers meet in a pub. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. The focus is on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets. Directed by Bartlett Sher.
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIES. Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America's foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures helped establish the post-minimalist movement. This film captures the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the '60s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously.
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other.
2/4 - 2/5
Music. Power. Jealousy. Peter Shaffer's iconic play comes to life with live orchestral accompaniment. Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIES. 1956: using a specially designed transparent "canvas" to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera rolls. He begins with simple works that take shape after only a single brush stroke. He then progresses to more complex paintings, transforming the entire scene at will, until at last the work is complete.
A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Met Opera Live in HD. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following, Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by romantic supernaturalism.
Met Opera Live in HD. Verdi’s opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Its intimate subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges.
3/12 & 3/18
Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Gemma Arterton is Joan, directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liasons Dangereuses).
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIES. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. His vivid imagination spawned precise, grotesque, salacious juxtapositions. Filmmakers track down his surviving paintings, recording the meticulous work of archivists to attribute the work to the artist, as well as the snarky jousting by curators over granting access to the masterpieces. 89 min.
Met Opera Live in HD. Like many stories from Greek myth, Mozart's Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters.
4/1 & 4/16
“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free....Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove helms this moving production starring the luminous Ruth Wilson.
The Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level. With music by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven and Max Richter.
Met Opera Live in HD. Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein. The Byronic romantic anti-hero is caught between convention and ennui. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.
Part of the COMMUNITY ART FILM SERIES. This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B (Exposed). Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals.
“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.
Met Opera Live in HD. Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy and genuine human drama. Starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles.