Preview: The Bolshoi, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Ballet Hispanico come to Atlanta on film

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be featured in the film series.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be featured in the film series.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be featured in the film series.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be featured in the film series.

Remember those one-night-only ballet films you enjoyed in movie theaters last year? And the year before? I thought not. There’s little advance publicity for these gorgeous Fathom Events films, and until recently they’ve played to small audiences in few local theaters, most of them miles from Atlanta proper. 

A new season is about to begin, and you can catch the series of ballet films at the Perimeter Pointe 10, the Hollywood 24 off I-85 in DeKalb County and the Avalon Stadium 12 in Alpharetta. A couple of them will also play at the Barrett Commons 14 in Kennesaw.

This season features four full-length works from the Bolshoi Ballet — a new production of Giselle (October 11), George Balanchine’s Jewels (November 15), John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (December 6), and a brand new ballet, The Taming of the Shrew (January 24, 2016), choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, whose Roméo et Juliette is a highlight of Atlanta Ballet’s repertory. All showings are at 12:55 p.m., captured live earlier the same day from performances in Moscow. 

Also on the schedule is a Lincoln Center at the Movies series, starting with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (October 22, 7 p.m.). The company will perform Wayne McGregor’s stark, fast-paced Chroma (never seen live in Atlanta), Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, Robert Battle’s Takademe and, of course, Ailey’s Revelations.  

Next up will be Ballet Hispanico (November 12, 7 p.m.) with Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s sensual and Picasso-inspired Carmen.maquia and Pedro Ruiz’s intoxicating Latin fiesta, Club Havana, followed by Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (December 5, 12:55 p.m. and December 10, 7 p.m.). All the films will include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the artists. 

Ticket prices vary by theater, but are in the $15 to $20 range. Fathom Events is also offering another season of operas with The Met: Live in HD.

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