Ludwig Minkus’ ballet “Don Quixote” is the Experience Series performance this month at the Spring Grove Cinema.
Ludwig Minkus’ ballet “Don Quixote” is the Experience Series performance this month at the Spring Grove Cinema.
Attending a professional ballet performance, a world-class opera, an outstanding symphony concert, or an infamous rock concert would be a wonderful cultural experience. However, living in a rural area, performances such as these are from a different era or only offered many miles away in large metropolitan areas .....until now. The third Thursday of every month the Spring Grove Cinema hosts an Experience Series - a variety of performances taking attendees to bigger-than-life performances on the large screen in HD (high-definition)

"The venues are from all over the world," commented Cinema manager Sarah Schroeder. "We've had people tell us that watching these live performances on our large cinema screen is just like being there! It's a great opportunity for people without having to travel or spend a lot of money on venue tickets."

September's Experience Series is Ludwig Minkus' ballet "Don Quixote." It is a live recording of the Dutch National Ballet's performance in the Amsterdam Music Theater. It is described on the website SpectiCast (a world-wide digital distribution company of film and cultural arts events): "Leading Russian choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, created this production exclusively for the company. 'Don Quixote' is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The flamboyant leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointe work give the performers every opportunity to show off their technical prowess. But at the same time, the comic story based on Cervantes' masterpiece makes strong demands on the dancers' acting abilities. Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto by Marius Petipa, created in 1869. [He is] the former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and Artist in Residence of the American Ballet Theatre. [He has] added his own new elements and choreography to the ballet."

The Experience Series continues with a classic film in 3D "Plan 9 From Outer Space 3D" on Oct. 17. November's Experience will take viewers back to 1969 with "Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock" on Nov. 21. December's Experience is a symphony performance from the 2011/2012 season: "An Evening with Alison Balsom and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia" on Dec. 19.

More description about these upcoming performances can be found on the Cinema's website,

Tickets for any of the 7:30 p.m. performances can be purchased in advance for $6 from Spring Grove Communications or at the door for $8. Regular Cinema concessions are available during each Experience Series performance.

"We are excited about these live recorded performances," added Schroeder. "We want to give people the opportunity to experience the thrill of a live performance at a low price right here in Spring Grove."