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Monday, September 8, 2014

World Ballet Day 5 Companies Livestream

Global First: Five World-Class Ballet Companies,
One Day of Live Streaming on

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Australian Ballet I Bolshoi Ballet I The Royal Ballet I
The National Ballet of Canada I San Francisco Ballet

September 8, 2014… The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies. This online event will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 when each of the companies will stream live behind the scenes action from their rehearsal studios.

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day,
each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters starting with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. The live link then passes across time zones and cultures from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco.

The live streaming will take viewers on a journey into the rarely seen backstage lives of ballet dancers. This unusual access will throw a spotlight on the differences in style between the five companies as they follow a very similar routine but approach choreography and performance in the ways that have made them unique on the world stage. Starting with morning class to warm up the body with different exercises, moving on to rehearsals for their upcoming performances, the day will be a celebration of dance, the athleticism and unparalleled dedication of all those involved in creating a world-class ballet company.

Viewers will be able to engage and interact with dancers, choreographers and coaches who live and breathe ballet every day of their working lives, asking questions throughout the day as well as having the opportunity to contribute by submitting a film of themselves doing a pirouette wherever they are in the world. These will be edited into a film celebrating the worldwide appeal of dance.

The day’s streaming will be repeated on YouTube in full so that viewers around the world can catch up on any parts of the day they missed. Edited highlights will then be made available for further viewing.

  • The Australian Ballet will rehearse Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake, Stanton Welch's La Bayadère, Peter Wright's The Nutcracker and the company's world-premiere piece Ostinato by resident choreographer Tim Harbour. Artistic director David McAllister will be answering questions.
  • The Bolshoi Ballet will rehearse Jean-Christophe Maillot's The Taming of the Shrew, and Yuri Grigorovich's Legend of Love.
  • The Royal Ballet will show Carlos Acosta coaching Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote, Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Liam Scarlett rehearsing his new work The Age of Anxiety with Laura Morera and Steven McRae, rehearsals of Christopher Wheeldon's Aeternum and Frederick Ashton's Scènes de ballet, and Ludovic Ondiviela will rehearse his new ballet Cassandra. In addition, Wayne McGregor will discuss his forthcoming Woolf Works, and artistic director Kevin O'Hare will talk about the forthcoming season.
  • The National Ballet of Canada will rehearse Kenneth MacMillan's Manon with Anthony Dowell. The company will also rehearse John Neumeier's Nijinsky.
  • San Francisco Ballet will rehearse Yuri Possokhov's RAkU, William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, scenes from Helgi Tomassón and Possokhov's Don Quixote and Tomassón's Concerto Grosso.

Link to World Ballet Day trailer >

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