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Get ready for World Ballet Day!

Posted on September 9, 2014

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nunez-kish-manon-johan-persson-rohOn October 1, the first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies: the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

On the day, each company will stream live, behind-the-scene action from their rehearsal studios. Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each company will take the lead for a four hour period, streaming live from their headquarters. The day starts with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, before the live link passes across time zones from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto and finally to San Francisco.

This backstage access will throw a spotlight on the differences in style between the five companies, as they follow a similar routine but approach choreography and performance in unique, individual ways. Starting with morning class and moving on to rehearsals, the day will be a celebration 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.

World Ballet Day is a development from Royal Ballet Live, which was a nine-hour live stream via YouTube and the Guardian website. The live stream was watched by 200,000 people, with a total of 2.5 million views of the material on YouTube to date. World Ballet Day will be the first time that the other four companies have taken the cameras backstage in this way, and the first time that YouTube has streamed more than nine hours of content.

Full details of the day will be confirmed. The Royal Ballet’s section will include Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, which opens at the Royal Opera House on September 26 and will be screened live to cinemas across the world on October 16, both times with Nuñez and Bonelli.

Picture: Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Manon. Photograph: Johan Persson, courtesy of the Royal Opera House

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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