World Ballet Day: October 1

Tomorrow five ballet companies around the world will be live streaming from their studios, first from Australia, then Russia, the UK, Canada and the US.

World Ballet Day will encompass 20 hours of behind the scenes of the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

Most of us won’t be able to sustain a marathon watch for 20 hours but the entire event will be repeated on YouTube so that everyone can see anything they missed.

Edited highlights will also be made available after the event.

Each company will show company class and rehearsals from their upcoming performances.

The Australian Ballet will rehearse Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère, Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker and the company’s world-premiere piece Ostinato by resident choreographer Tim Harbour.

The company’s artistic director, David McAllister, will be answering questions.

The Bolshoi Ballet will rehearse Jean-Christophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Yuri Grigorovich’s Legend of Love.

The Royal Ballet’s four hour section will include Carlos Acosta coaching Vadim Muntagirov in the role of Basilio in Don Quixote.

Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli will rehearse Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon in preparation for the ROH Live cinema screening being relayed around the world on 16 October.

Artist in Residence, Liam Scarlett, will rehearse his new work The Age of Anxiety with principals Laura Morera and Steven McRae prior to its premiere on on Friday 7 November.

The ballet is inspired by W.H. Auden’s poem about four disparate characters in a wartime New York bar trying to make sense of their shifting worlds.

The company will be seen in rehearsal for Christopher Wheeldon’s one act work for the Royal Ballet, Aeternum, that premiered in 2013; and Frederick Ashton’s Scènes de ballet.

Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor will be interviewed about creating Woolf Works, his first full-length work for the company based on the writings and life of Virginia Woolf.

The National Ballet of Canada will rehearse Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon with Anthony Dowell, the former director of the Royal Ballet who had the role of Des Grieux created on him 40 years ago. The company will also rehearse John Neumeier’s Nijinsky.

San Francisco Ballet will rehearse Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, scenes from Helgi TomassĂłn and Possokhov’s Don Quixote and TomassĂłn’s Concerto Grosso.

The schedule

The Australian Ballet October 1st at 12pm (AEST)

Bolshoi Ballet October 1st at 4pm (AEST)

Royal Ballet October 1st at 8pm (AEST)

National Ballet of Canada October 2nd at 12pm (AEST)

San Francisco Ballet October 2nd at 4am (AEST)

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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day

Corps members of the Australian Ballet rehearsing La Bayadere

Corps members of the Australian Ballet rehearsing La Bayadere