Celebrate #WorldTheatreDay with Behind-the-Scenes Looks at 3 Iconic Dance Stages
The Mariinsky Ballet rehearsing at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (via National Geographic on YouTube)
Happy World Theatre (or Theater) Day, everybody! Did you know that this fantastic little holiday has been celebrated every March 27th for the past 56 (!) years?
In honor of WTD 2018, we thought we'd highlight eye-opening behind-the-scenes glimpses at three of the dance world's most beautiful theaters: NYC's Metropolitan Opera House, Paris' Palais Garnier, and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre.
First up: the Met. Back in July, the
New York Times took its cameras deep inside the 3,800-seat venue during American Ballet Theatre's season. Not only does their 360-degree camera give us a peek at all the dance goings-on, but we also get to see the Met Orchestra rehearsing a Mahler symphony and the opera costume shop prepping for Madama Butterfly.
Next, travel to the City of Lights for an insider's look at the Palais Garnier, the gorgeous home of the Paris Opéra Ballet. Thanks to the
Google Cultural Institute, not only can you watch a 360-degree video of a performance on the theater's stage, you can also get multi-angle looks at the building's exquisite design details—and even the eerie "lake" underneath the building, which totally inspired The Phantom of the Opera. (Performance video below; you can find the whole collection here.)
Finally, take a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, to explore the historic Mariinsky Theatre, home of the Mariinsky Ballet.
National Geographic's behind-the-scenes vid offers looks at the venue's onstage and backstage areas as the company prepares for a production of Paquita—and offers a bit of a crash course in Russian ballet history.
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.