10 October 2014 at 5.50pm | 3 Comments
World Ballet Day saw The Royal Ballet partner with The Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet for 20 hours of live-streaming on YouTube from the companies' respective home theatres.
There were over 300,000 views of the live-stream and each company has uploaded highlights to their channels, offering another chance to catch rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes glimpses from the day.
Highlights from The Royal Ballet's four hours of streaming included:
Daily class in full
Each company offered glimpses into their morning class. In London, Ballet Master Brian Maloney took gave a glimpse into the barre and floor work that dancers begin each day with, accompanied by a live pianist.
Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli on Manon
Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli gave an insight into what it takes to dance Kenneth MacMillan's dramatic ballet Manon. As well as this, an extended pas de deux rehearsal is available to watch to those who access the free World Ballet Day guide (claim yours using the code 'worldballet14').
Don Quixote in rehearsal
Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet and choreographer, Carlos Acosta coached Principal Vadim Muntagirov through one of Basilio's solos from Carlos's production of Don Quixote. Vadim will make his Royal Ballet role debut as Basilio later this Season.
Pirouettes from around the world
We asked for your pirouette clips and you sent them in by the thousand, from as far afield as Russia, Japan, Australia and Brazil. We received over 14,000 pirouette clips via Instagram alone!
...And if you're still after more
Other highlights on our World Ballet Day YouTube playlist include a rehearsal of Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier Award-winning Aeternum, and Liam Scarlett interviewed alongside his cast about the process of creating a new work:
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