Company class at the Royal Ballet during 2017's World Ballet Day livestream (via YouTube)
Bunheads everywhere, rejoice! It was just announced that the always-epicWorld Ballet Day will be back for round five (FIVE) this year. And the big moment's going to be here faster than you can say "gargouillade."
A screenshot from San Francisco Ballet's 2015 World Ballet Day live stream
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.
T-minus a week until one of the happiest days of the year: World Ballet Day will be back forroundthree on Tuesday, October 4!
When we say that World Ballet Day is straight-up Ballet Christmas, we aren't exaggerating. Since 2014, the annual event has brought together top-notch companies from all over the world—and we do mean ALL over, from Australia to Russia—for a celebration of the art form we love so much. What does that look like? It looks like a full day of live broadcasts, inviting fans inside technique classes, rehearsals and backstage preparations. Last year, the event pulled in more than 350,000 viewers from 150 countries.
The Royal Ballet in class during World Ballet Day 2015 (screenshot via YouTube)
This year's featured companies are The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet; they'll air a combined 20 hours of behind-the-scenes footage. (The event actually starts at 10 pm October 3 EST, with the Australian Ballet, and then moves across the globe, concluding with San Francisco Ballet on the afternoon of October 4.) There's a cool new twist, though: This time around, each of the five partner companies have invited a whole slew of nearby regional dance organizations to participate in their World Ballet Day broadcasts. It's a doozy of a list: Hong Kong Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballets du Monte Carlo and Dutch National Ballet.
I mean. You can't NOT watch this.
You can get involved, too. On the day of the broadcast, chat with other ballet fans as you watch the broadcast at worldballetday.com, and submit questions for the dancers using the hashtag #worldballetday on Twitter.
Today is the first-ever World Ballet Day, which means it's time to watch dancers from five of the world's greatest companies—the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet—taking class and rehearsing. The up-close-and-personal experience is provided by an ongoing live stream. Each company is taking over the stream in turn, with the feed beaming first from Australia and then traveling across the world until it reaches San Francisco.
Actually, my tenses are a little off here: As I write this, the Australian, Bolshoi and Royal Ballets have already had their moments of live stream glory. But never fear: The whole thing will be available to watch on YouTube for 48 hours once SFB's section concludes. And even after that grace period, various highlights from the extravaganza will remain up online.
Right now The National Ballet of Canada is up at bat—take a look! And please apologize in advance to your teachers, because I'm guessing it's going to be hard to get any work done today...
So, this is super-duper awesome: October 1st will be the first ever World Ballet Day! I know, I know—it's not like you need another reason to celebrate the most elegant of art forms. But this is going to be a pretty amazing celebration.
Five of the world's biggest ballet companies have teamed up to offer a crazy-good live streaming event on the 1st. Each of the troupes—the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet—will host a four-hour stream, with the link passing across time zones from Melbourne to San Fran. We'll get peeks at all kinds of classes and rehearsals—windows into what ballet company life is like around the world. We'll see, in other words, how all these companies speak the same ballet language with different accents.
Where did this idea come from? Well, remember last year, when the Royal Ballet hosted a nine-hour behind-the-scenes live streaming marathon? This is a replication of that idea on a larger scale. And don't worry about waking up in the middle of the night to watch what's happening in Melbourne: The whole day's stream will be repeated on YouTube, just as the Royal's broadcast was, for catch-up purposes. (And if you really miss the boat, select highlight clips will still be available after that.)
More information about World Ballet Day is apparently coming soon—stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the official trailer below, and read a little more about the project here, here, here and here.