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.
Director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World) teams with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to travel the world for a meditation volcanoes and their meaning. They make stops in Indonesia, Iceland and even North Korea capturing landscapes that are as stunning as they are forbidding. NR, 104 min.
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. NR, 90 min.
A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. We see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy. R, 100 min.
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. PG-13, 128 min.
In this latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community and hope. R, 137 min.
California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. NR, 103 min.
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 ARTS FILM SERIES. 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.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. NR, 113 min.
Tangoheart, the premier tango ensemble in the Northwest, returns to the Rose for a rare and special performance. Tangoheart is a classic, authentic orquesta typica which contains a piano, contrabajo, violins, and the bandoneon, the Argentine instrument with its emblematic tango sound. The group is led by Bertram Levy, who has spent the last quarter century immersed in the Argentine tango. Their last appearance at the Rose sold out, be sure to get your tickets soon!
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.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're very pleased to presents this special film for the community. All tickets are $5. This incendiary new documentary charts the legendary book James Baldwin never finished, based on the assassinations of King, Malcom X and Medger Evers. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. PG-13, 95 min.
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 ARTS 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.
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.
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 ARTS 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.
It's 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President's outlawing of Communism, poet Pablo Neruda is forced into hiding. Beloved by the populace, he slips underground, pursued by an incompetent vainglorious police inspector (the superb Gael Garcia Bernal). Hilariously confounding expectations at every turn, the film offers a startling rumination on the split between the man and the artist. R, 107
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 ARTS 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 ARTS 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.
4/29 & 5/14
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. National Theatre of London.
“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.