One day. Five ballet companies. Live and Online.
World Ballet Day LIVE, the marathon live-stream featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the top ballet companies on the planet, returns on Tuesday 4th October 2016.
In my world, every day is ballet day! I fill as many of my waking hours as possible with dance writing, reviewing, studying and teaching — all while endeavouring to ensure I never miss any opportunity to participate in a ballet class myself. This means that I eat, breathe and sleep dance most days. Unsurprisingly, I have nothing but enthusiasm for World Ballet Day LIVE. The now-annual event brings balletomanes across the globe together, for one special day, to share in the sheer joy of watching professional ballet dancers do their thing.
The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet are the five leading companies opening up their studios to audiences during the 20 hours of non-stop broadcasting. Viewers will have the chance to observe each company’s morning ballet class; acquire insight into choreographic and rehearsal processes; hear from influential and inspiring industry insiders and discover more about ballet from incredibly talented individuals who have dedicated their lives to the art form.
All five companies have also invited an assortment of nearby regional dance organisations to be part of World Ballet Day LIVE through pre-recorded footage and by live-streaming on their own Facebook pages. These guest companies are: Hong Kong Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Nederlands Dans Theater, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, English NationalBallet, Estonian National Ballet, Finnish NationalBallet, La Scala Ballet Company, Northern Ballet, Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Polish NationalBallet, ScottishBallet, StuttgartBallet, The Royal DanishBallet, The Royal SwedishBallet, WienerStaatsballett, BostonBallet, MiamiBallet, Ballet Nacional Sodre and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
World Ballet Day LIVE 2016 marks the third collaboration between The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet, showcasing the everyday world of ballet on the global stage. World Ballet Day LIVE 2015 saw an unprecedented 349,000 views on the day itself and has subsequently reached an audience of over 2 million.
Working with Facebook Live, World Ballet Day LIVE 2016 hopes to reach an even wider audience than ever before. Viewers are also being urged to join the fun by getting involved on Instagram, Twitter and other social media channels. Celebrate the beauty, power and elegance of ballet by using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay. Add #mydanceshoes to submit pictures and videos of your own dancing shoes.
Visit the World Ballet Day website for details.
Georgina Butler is a journalist, a dance writer and a dance teacher who specialises in teaching classical ballet. She previews and reviews productions, writes features and interviews people from the world of dance.