Live Streaming ‘World Ballet Day’

wrote for the New York Times, Arts Beat:ArtsBeat - New York Times Blog

In an unprecedented bout of internationalism, five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give ballet fans worldwide an intensive behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching.

The event, called “World Ballet Day,” will take place on Oct. 1, and features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website.

English: the Bolshoi Ballet troupe after the r...

The Bolshoi Ballet troupe after the reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube.

The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a nine-hour streaming event in 2012 that garnered the Royal Ballet about 200,000 viewers and 2.5 million subsequent views of edited material on YouTube. A Royal Ballet spokesman said that the company had initiated the event as part of its audience engagement activity; each company taking part is responsible for the funding for its own stream.

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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