During the live online collaboration, each participating company introduces viewers to a variety of experiences from technique classes and rehearsals to backstage preparations. This international event is an opportunity for audiences to see what it takes to be one of the world’s top companies and to get an inside look at the athleticism and dedication required for a life in ballet.
For World Ballet Day LIVE, The Australian Ballet will be giving online audiences an insight into rehearsals forCoppélia alongside other productions.Coppélia has an important place in Australia's ballet history as it was performed during the company’s inaugural season in 1962.
The West Australian Ballet will be giving audiences a sneak peek into the studio as they rehearse their brand new production ofThe Nutcracker. Online viewers will get to meet a few of the newest company members as they take morning class and also hear from the wardrobe department about how costume production is tracking to be ready for the opening in eight weeks. In addition to this, on the day WAB will be doing a live stream on Facebook from the studio and from their 2017 season launch in the evening.
Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella said, “We are very excited to be a part of World Ballet Day this year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for companies around the world to share their stories and build new audiences, and we can’t wait to show the world what we have been up to at West Australian Ballet”
The Queensland Ballet will be producing a ten-minute short film about some of their dancers and their journey to becoming professional dancers. They are interviewing six dancers who have each had a different path to dancing professionally. Some are from abroad, some have trained in Australia and sought out QB as their preferred company to dance for, while others have come up through the Academy to become company dancers. By sharing their stories there is the opportunity to inspire others who may have dreams of becoming professional dancers. These interviews will be done in front of rehearsals to give more of an insight into the day of a professional dancer.
Artistic Director Li Cunxin said, “We’re so pleased to be part of World Ballet Day 2016 and are looking forward to giving viewers an insight into the Queensland Ballet family, our creative process and our rehearsals. We hope viewers will get to know some of our dancers a little better and be inspired by this beautiful art form of ballet.”
Full World Ballet Day LIVE program details can be viewed here: http://worldballetday.com/