I woke up today and not only realized that it's October 1st, but it's also #WorldBalletDay. What is this beautiful day of dance you may ask? If you're a ballet fan, watch five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give a glimpse behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching. For example, watch gorgeous Don Quixote rehearsal with Carlos Acosta here. How cool is that?
“World Ballet Day,” features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website.
Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube.
The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a nine-hour streaming event in 2012 that garnered the Royal Ballet about 200,000 viewers and 2.5 million subsequent views of edited material on YouTube.*
Will you be participating and watching? I may just have to dig through my closet and find my pointe shoes!
*Source: NY Times