World Ballet Day is BACK, dance friends! Tomorrow, October 5, five top-notch ballet companies—The Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet—will host a 22-hour (!) live stream, bringing viewers inside their classes, rehearsals, and backstage preparations. Ten additional ballet companies will join the hosting orgs for guest appearances. It's the fourth year we've been gifted this ballet present, and 2017's version looks to be bigger and more beautiful than ever before.
Olé! The Royal's Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Acosta's "Don Quixote" (photo Emma Kauldhar/ROH)
Can we talk about how amazing this ballet (and, as of late, Broadway) broadcast trend is? You may not be able to travel to Moscow, or New York, or London, but hey, no worries: Now you can see great performances by companies from around the world in the comfort of your local movie theater—and all for the price of a movie ticket. It's kind of mind-boggling.
The Royal Ballet's broadcast series, which has been popular with British audiences for a while now, has finally made its way across the pond. Presented by Fathom Events, U.S. Royal Ballet broadcasts will include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (November 19) and The Nutcracker (December 17). But the fun kicks off tonight with the company's spicy new production of Don Quixote, staged by Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta.
The broadcast airs at 7 pm local time in theaters across America. Wondering which cinemas near you are participating? Click here for details and tickets.