Updated: Apr 21
Ballet Papier fans are united in our love of all things dance. We are spread out across the globe but
ballet is the passion that brings us together as we share our ideas, memories, hopes and dreams
online through blog posts and social media channels. No matter how far away from each other we
are geographically, our dedication to the art form can be effortlessly communicated through words
and images transferred via the wonderful World Wide Web.
Today is World Ballet Day LIVE 2015. This exciting online event is a brilliant way of bringing us
balletomanes as close to a variety of professional dancers around the world as it is possible to get, during 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes, footage.
For one day only, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of
Canada and San Francisco Ballet are uniting to celebrate dance on a global-scale. They are throwing
open the doors to their studios, rehearsal rooms and auditoriums in order to give audiences a
chance to see just what it takes to be part of one of the world’s top companies.
The first ever World Ballet Day LIVE was held on 1st October 2014. The live broadcast attracted a
total of 502,823 views from dance lovers around the world who watched for an average of 27
minutes. Allowing unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access, the streaming project revealed each
company’s approach to class and rehearsals, illustrating the unique personalities that characterise
five world-class companies.
After the success of last year’s unprecedented collaboration, the companies are once again
streaming live footage of their dancers in class, on tour and in performance. This year’s online dance
extravaganza also includes pre-recorded footage from a variety of regional dance organisations
which are geographically close to the five participating companies.
These guest companies include: American Ballet Theatre; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Birmingham
Royal Ballet; Boston Ballet; English National Ballet; Hamburg Ballet; Houston Ballet; Les Ballets Jazz
de Montréal; National Ballet of China; Nederlands Dans Theater; Northern Ballet; Pacific Northwest
Ballet; Royal New Zealand Ballet; Scottish Ballet.
The curtain rises on World Ballet Day LIVE with The Australian Ballet, live from its headquarters in
Melbourne, Australia. After watching the dancers take their daily class, ballet fans will be able to
watch a rehearsal of the Company’s new production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The live feed then moves
to Moscow, Russia to visit the Bolshoi Ballet, which is just entering its 240th season. Next, viewers will
spend five hours with The Royal Ballet, at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
Following this stop off in the United Kingdom, audiences will join The National Ballet of Canada at
the Place des Arts in Montréal for a behind-the-scenes peek at their autumn tour. Finally, San
Francisco Ballet will conclude the broadcast with a preview of their upcoming season and interviews
with some of ballet’s most well-known choreographers.
With so much dance to devour, that is definitely my Thursday taken care of! Will you be watching?
World Ballet Day LIVE is being broadcast on www.worldballetday.com. Each of the five host
companies is also broadcasting the entire 23 hour event on their YouTube channel.
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