The first 3D ballet Both Giselle and The Nutcracker were released by NCM Fathom Events, More2Screen and EuroArts Music in 2010 and 2011. But the live 3D is never. Now The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg is to broadcast the world’s first live 3D ballet on June 6. James Cameron (director of Avatar and Titanic) and Vince Pace will provide leading 3D technology through their Cameron Pace Group. This will ensure the size of the equipment is reduced to a minimum and can be positioned as close as possible to the dancers to achieve the best possible effect. A total of eight cameras will capture the action from a number of different perspectives. The project’s production company is the UK’s Glass Slipper Live Events, while director of the broadcast is Ross MacGibbon, a former dancer at Covent Garden.
The performance of Swan Lake, starring Yekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov in the lead roles, will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, and streamed to over 1200 cinemas in 50 countries around the globe. There will also be parallel broadcasts in 2D.