Lincoln Center, Fathom Launch New Cinema Series With Spotlight on Dance Troupes

Lincoln Center Fathom at the movies
Liad Baniel

Lincoln Center and alternative bigscreen content distributor Fathom Events have partnered on a new series of performing arts programming, “Lincoln Center at the Movies,” an initiative that will launch this fall with a slate presenting the work of four U.S. dance companies in hundreds of cinemas around the country.

The move marks the latest expansion into digital cinema by a performing arts institution. One of the institutions located on the Lincoln Center campus, the Metropolitan Opera, helped blaze a trail into movie theaters with its popular “Live in HD” series, and the U.K.’s National Theater also has had notable success with both live and prerecorded cinemacasts of the company’s productions.

Performing arts programming tends to fare best in movie theaters when it hails from organizations with national or international name recognition, such as the Met and the National. Lincoln Center has the same kind of reach, thanks in part to “Live from Lincoln Center,” the 40-year-old television series that in recent seasons had broadcast live performances such as Tony-nominated play “The Nance” and the School of American Ballet’s “Curtain Up.”

“Lincoln Center at the Movies,” a bigscreen companion of sorts to “Live from Lincoln Center,” will eventually showcase all the art forms presented on the Lincoln Center campus. The exact companies and works to screen as part of the initial, dance-centric lineup, subtitled “Great American Dance,” have yet to be set.

“Lincoln Center at the Movies” kicks off this fall, with dates still to be nailed down.

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  1. Tricia Thomson says:

    Someone needs to stop these people. Their filming of The San Francisco Ballet was atrocious. It was a grave disservice to this transcendent company. The ridiculous and embarrassing “hosts” of the program were painful enough. But the editing ,the filming and the presentation were appalling. You DON’T cut when a dancer jumps. You don’t dolly around following dancers at a theatrical performance. You let me see the stage. You show respect and understanding of the great tradition of both ballet and of theater and KEEP OFF THE STAGE!!! I don’t come to a ballet to see a dancer’s eyelashes. I come to see them dance for God’s sake – dance in a theatrical space – move through that space – see the corp de ballet IN ITS ENTIRETY. They shot most of it from the waist up – I never saw any of the staging – they followed the dancers around. This isn’t TV guys. TV has no quality, no serious and profound history – in short it’s garbage. Why on earth would you do this. I have made a great effort to get many, many students to the live dance performances streamed into the theaters. I took seventy! kids last week. I’ll NEVER take them to another one produced by “live from Lincoln Center”. It’s an embarrassment. What on earth are you thinking? The London Ballet, The Bolshoi and the Marinsky showed us ballet at its best and they showed it with understanding, taste, grace and quality. Go chew your gum elsewhere. Watching the San Francisco ballet at the movies was like eating a great French meal in a McDonald’s Restaurant. It matters guys. AND GET THAT BIMBO Kelly whatever the heck out of your productions. Jeeeeeeez. You don’t play to the gutter – you bring people up to your level. I despair and I really don’t understand why anyone would have done this. If you want to practice virtuoso film making then write your own script. Don’t wreck someone else’s.

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