Traditional ballets mirror Hollywood's modern-day predilection for storybook romance, scene-stopping spectacle, and CGI-enhanced pirouettes. Witness a fusion of artistic mediums with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to an encore screening of the French ballet Coppélia, performed at the Paris Opera Ballet and presented by Ballet in Cinema. The showing takes place at the Carmike Cinemas James Island 8 on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Coppélia, choreographed by Patrice Bart, is a comic tale that follows the en pointe follies of a lovesick villager whose fiancée must compete with a life-like dancing automaton to win his affections. Professionally filmed, the performance is captured by multiple cameras with a combination of sweeping angles and detailed close-ups, allowing patrons a rare view of production details blasted through Carmike Cinema's high-definition big screens and surround-sound systems. The rich cinematic experience gives audiences front-row access to each magical movement augmented by a flawless score and Morse code toe taps that convey plot points to dance-illiterate viewers.
- The wide screen and high definition lends itself to the pleasant excesses of opera, and the camera angles allow intimate views of things we'd never see -- such as the intricate workings of the musicians' fingers. – Anthony del Valle, Las Vegas Review-Journal