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World Ballet Day 2015 to take place on 1 October

Five of the world's leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet will unite for a day of live-streamed rehearsals, interviews and insights.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 September 2015 at 11.57am | 32 Comments

Update: The Royal Ballet's section of World Ballet Day is no longer available to watch in full, but we will be adding highlights to our YouTube channel over the coming weeks

Following the success of last year's unprecedented collaboration, five of the world's leading ballet companies will again come together for World Ballet Day, a day of live-streaming via YouTube on 1 October 2015.

The Australian BalletBolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will again partner to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies in the studio, on tour, and in performance.

The Royal Ballet's section of the day will feature exclusive backstage footage from across the Royal Opera House. As well as showing segments of morning class live, filming will follow the preparation and off-stage action from a matinee performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet featuring Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli. Rehearsals for the world premiere of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen which opens in October will be broadcast alongside exclusive footage of Royal Ballet Principals preparing for the 2015/16 Season. Further details of the five hours hosted by The Royal Ballet will be announced in due course.

In addition to behind-the-scenes streaming from Melbourne, Moscow, London, Montréal and San Francisco, the day will  feature pre-recorded footage from a range of regional dance organizations who are based close to the five companies. These companies include Bangarra Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Ballet.

Throughout the day, viewers will be invited to enter a 'Dance Anywhere' contest by submitting a video or photograph via social media of themselves dancing in front of regional landmarks. Entries may be posted using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and should be tagged with #WorldBalletDay. The best ones will be broadcast to a global audience during the day.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • 3-8am BST: The Australian Ballet live from Melbourne
  • 8-11am BST: The Bolshoi Ballet live from Moscow
  • 11am-4pm BST: The Royal Ballet live from London
  • 4-9pm BST: The National Ballet of Canada live from Montréal
  • 9pm-2am BST: San Francisco Ballet live from San Francisco.

Further information, including the content of all participating companies' segments is available from worldballetday.com. We will also publish further details on our World Ballet Day pages.

World Ballet Day will be available to watch via the official website and YouTube. Please note that all details are subject to change.

This article has 32 comments

  1. Yaffa Josephine Sassoon responded on 8 September 2015 at 12:25pm Reply

    Is it possible to know in advance which of the segments will be available for viewing after the live broadcast? Last year, there was some confusion about this, which made planning difficult for many people who unfortunately can't spend the entire day watching ballet. Many thanks.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 8 September 2015 at 1:47pm

      Further details will be confirmed in due course but we're not yet sure which extracts will be available afterwards on demand.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Why for this second year is neither American Ballet Theater or the New York City Ballet included in this project?

    • Peter Vintner responded on 1 October 2015 at 10:24pm

      ABT were included during the Canadian stint. I'm pretty sure that's who I was watching.

  3. Jstephens613 responded on 8 September 2015 at 7:09pm Reply

    I am familiar with various time zones (Greenwish, Zulu, etc.) but not sure what BST is. Explain please.

  4. GermanBalletFan responded on 10 September 2015 at 1:16pm Reply

    I'm thrilled that World Ballet Day is back this year! I still re-watch the videos from last year as well as the Royal Ballet Live event (especially company class). However, will viewers from Germany be able to watch the live-stream on youtube? I remember that this was not possible last year. If that is the case, it would be great to see highlights uploaded afterwards (even if it is only for a restricted period of time).

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 10 September 2015 at 3:52pm

      I'm afraid the live event won't be viewable in Germany. We will however have select highlights from the day, available to watch afterwards.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  5. rania dizikiriki responded on 20 September 2015 at 12:31pm Reply

    I I live in Greece.Can I see it?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 September 2015 at 10:48am

      Hi Rania,

      Yes, you'll be able to watch via worldballetday.com and YouTube.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  6. brenda parsons responded on 20 September 2015 at 10:22pm Reply

    I think BST is more likely to be
    British Standard Time - not summer which will be long gone .....and the clocks will have been put back one hour .....

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 September 2015 at 10:47am

      Hi Brenda,

      BST stands for British Summer Time, which runs until 25 October 2015.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  7. Hanni responded on 21 September 2015 at 11:42am Reply

    Will the full morning class be shown for the Royal Ballet?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 September 2015 at 11:51am

      We will have a segment from full morning class, but it's to be confirmed how long this will be.

      Hope you can join us!

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  8. Hanni responded on 21 September 2015 at 4:38pm Reply

    Cheers Chris,

    It certainly was a success the past two years if YouTube figures are anything to go by. Kristen is a fantastic co-presenter.

    • Rosina responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:52pm

      Yes but YouTube figures are sometimes more or less than what it actually is due to people viewing it multiple times and with and without accounts; and also because of people sharing computers.

  9. Patricia Baker responded on 23 September 2015 at 12:08am Reply

    The clocks will not have gone back on 1st October. Summer Time is with us until the end of the month.

  10. Hannah responded on 23 September 2015 at 6:19pm Reply

    Just wondering where these will be shown and how I will be able to watch them? Thanks

  11. STUART SMITH responded on 25 September 2015 at 10:50am Reply

    Is there a big screen eg cinema showing of this event in Leeds or West Yorkshire area? we don't all have computers and we don't all like small screen stuff.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 29 September 2015 at 4:31pm

      Hi Stuart,

      I'm afraid this will only be available online.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Digital Producer

  12. Yaffa Sassoon responded on 25 September 2015 at 7:22pm Reply

    Grateful if you are somehow able to get an update re which segments will be available after the live broadcast and for how long.

    I and many other people I know would love to make concrete plans to watch interesting live-broadcast-only segments, knowing we can catch up on the rest afterwards..

    Many thanks
    Yaffa

  13. Charlotte responded on 29 September 2015 at 10:09am Reply

    Hello,

    The time zones for the live streaming are they UK?

    Thanks
    Charlotte

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 29 September 2015 at 4:29pm

      Hi Charlotte,

      Yes, the timings here are UK timings.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Digital Producer

  14. Seok Cheong responded on 29 September 2015 at 4:01pm Reply

    As a Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor, I do hope that the Royal Ballet will showcase their therapy team in action. Love the glimpse I caught on YouTube of the facilities. Thank you.

  15. Coppelia responded on 30 September 2015 at 8:19pm Reply

    Alarm clock set for 3AM!

  16. Jean Marie Pike responded on 30 September 2015 at 10:25pm Reply

    BBC Arts Online says that all this year's content will be available for 30 days! Let us hope this will prove to be so!

  17. Dolly responded on 1 October 2015 at 1:08pm Reply

    i have sent my pic but i didnt saw it why?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 October 2015 at 1:18pm

      Hi Dolly,

      I'm afraid we're only able to show a small selection. Thanks for sharing your photo though!

      Chris
      ROH Digital Producer

  18. Pel Mountain responded on 1 October 2015 at 2:15pm Reply

    I am enjoying this day enormously, I have been glued to the screen and and my chair since breakfast time. What a treat to catch a glimpse of Sergei Polunin in Moscow.
    Why the gloom in the studio when usually it is in bright daylight ?

  19. Michelle McKernan responded on 2 October 2015 at 2:11am Reply

    Will there be a re-broadcast of the day? It is impossible to spend 23hrs in front of your computer!

  20. Jay Shigeta responded on 4 October 2015 at 11:46pm Reply

    FYI, The National Ballet of Canada is in Toronto, not in Montreal. The company's stars now include Svetlana Lunkina (former Bolshoi principal), Jurgita Dronina (former HET principal) and Evan McKie (former Stuttgart principal). I freauently travel (from Philadelphia) to see them perform just as I do visit NYC to see AMT and NYC Ballet.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 7 October 2015 at 2:57pm

      Hi Jay,

      You are correct. The Company was on tour in Montreal on October 1, hence the relay coming from there.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Digital Producer

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