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World Ballet Day 2018

Posted on October 1, 2018

Royal Ballet class during World Ballet Day 2017 c ROH 2017. Photograph by Charlotte MacMillan 2

Back for the fifth year, World Ballet Day returns on October 2, 2018, with a global day of live streaming from companies including the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet.  The day of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes footage will be screened on Facebook.

“We are very excited to be celebrating the fifth World Ballet Day,” said Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet. “In addition to sharing the day with The Australian Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet, we are joined by a number of guest companies from around the world, each showcasing the beauty of dance and offering an insight into the life of a dancer.”

The Australian Ballet start the day at 2am British Standard Time, followed by the Bolshoi Ballet at 7am and The Royal Ballet at 12pm. The Royal Ballet’s segment will include class, interviews and rehearsals of La Bayadère, Mayerling, Winter Dreams,Flight Pattern and new works by Aletta Collins, Charlotte Edmonds and Alastair Marriott.

Other featured companies include New Adventures, who will show a rehearsal of Swan Lake with The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball and his fellow Swans Will Bozier and Max Westwell. Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance, Scottish Ballet, Acosta Danza, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific North West – Seattle, Paris Opéra Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Queensland Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Vienna State Ballet and West Australian Ballet will also appear.


Picture: Royal Ballet class during World Ballet Day 2017 (c) ROH 2017. Photograph by Charlotte MacMillan

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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