Australian Ballet goes global on World Ballet Day

The Australian Ballet will lead off the newly announced World Ballet Day on 1 October 2014 with five of the world’s leading ballet companies collaborating in a 20-hour live streaming event.

Australian Ballet goes global on World Ballet Day

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Each of the companies—The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet—will stream for a four-hour period live behind-the-scenes action from their headquarters starting with The Australian Ballet in Melbourne.

The live link kicks off at 12pm in Melbourne, then passes across time zones and cultures to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco. You can watch the teaserhere.

It will throw a spotlight on the differences in style between these five companies as they follow a very similar routine but approach choreography and performance in the ways that have made them unique on the world stage.

Through World Ballet Day, The Australian Ballet expects to inspire new audiences, as well as meeting audience demand for more behind the scenes and educational content.

It also believes by being such an integral part of World Ballet Day will strengthen its reputation as one of the world’s top ballet companies and Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated, creative and culturally ambitious nation.

The live stream of World Ballet Day will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website, as well as being repeated on YouTube to allow viewers from around the globe to catch up on anything they missed.

Edited highlights will be made available on The Australian Ballet’s YouTube channel and website after the event.

Artistic Director David McAllister will take viewers on a tour of The Australian Ballet, interviewing dancers and staff along the way, providing commentary on ballet class and rehearsals and answering viewer questions posted on social media.

The Australian Ballet hands over to the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow at 4PM AEST.

World Ballet Day follows Royal Ballet Live, a nine-hour live stream which took place in March 2012. Royal Ballet Live attracted 200,000 views of the live stream and repeat broadcast, and highlights on YouTube have had over 3.5 million views to date.

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On October 1 from 12PM visit www.australianballet.com.au/worldballetday or The Australian Ballet’s YouTube channel.

SCHEDULE

Times are in AEST

The Australian Ballet—Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 12PM

Bolshoi Ballet—Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 4PM

The Royal Ballet—Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 8PM

National Ballet of Canada—Thursday 2 October 2014 at 12AM

San Francisco Ballet—Thursday 2 October 2014 at 4AM

The Australian Ballet will also hold special public events in Melbourne in celebration of World Ballet Day. All updates related to these activities will be announced onFacebook.

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