World ballet day

Note: the videos will be available tomorrow for re-watch (and probably for a few days more) in case you don’t have time to watch live today 🙂

Moving swiftly on with more beautiful and artsy things!

Was trying to embed the live video but it won’t work, so please if you want to watch live click on this LINK.

Do join in, even if just to watch 5 min of ballet class. Enchanting and so relaxing 🙂

From the Royal Opera House website:

World Ballet Day 2016: watch live on 4 October 2016

World Ballet Day returns on 4 October 2016 with a day-long live stream from five of the world’s leading ballet companies – and we’d love you to be involved:

  • WATCH: The live-stream, broadcast around the world on Facebook live and on this page
  • LIKE: Our Facebook page and sign up to receive exclusive World Ballet Day news and videos
  • SHARE: A short video of you in your dancing shoes as you dance along with our live class, using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay

During the marathon 20 hour live-stream, The Royal Ballet joins The Australian Ballet,Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet to give you exclusive rehearsal footage, a chance to see how the different companies warm up for the day and interviews with choreographers and leading figures in the dance world.

Do let us know what you think of the event on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay.

Find out more at

World Ballet Day 2016: Running order

Presented by Darcey Bussell and Gethin Jones, the day will feature exclusive interviews with members of The Royal Ballet including Steven McRae, Kristen McNally, Olivia Cowley, Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball, Sarah Lamb, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Eric Underwood, and Charlotte Edmondsas well as exclusive footage from Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

World Ballet Day is a working day at The Royal Ballet and as a result timings are approximate and subject to change:

  • 11:00am: Live class with The Royal Ballet
  • 12:20pm: Scottish Ballet rehearse Sibilio
  • 12:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia
  • 1:00pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses La Fille mal gardée
  • 1:15pm: Northern Ballet rehearse Romeo and Juliet
  • 1:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses The Sleeping Beauty
  • 1:50pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses the new Charlotte Edmonds ballet
  • 2:05pm English National Ballet rehearse Giselle
  • 2:15pm: Members of The Royal Ballet School rehearse Concerto
  • 2:30pm: Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearse The Tempest
  • 2:45pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia

Watch highlights from World Ballet Day 2015

15 thoughts on “World ballet day

  1. I would really love to see the Northern Ballet with their “dance actors.” This concept fascinates me. Sometimes I think that all actors are dancers, in a way, and vice versa. It’s a spectrum. Decided to look up ballet companies in Ireland and did not find many big ones. There is more focus on Irish dance, but I see that Cork City has a Classical ballet company.

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    • Yes, it is a bit strange that with all their love of music and dance classical stuff is not really all that popular. But i guess it may be because of it, there is so much great traditional and modern music that there is less room for other styles. And yes Birmingham is know for more modern stuff as i Sadler’s in London. I love modern ballet more than the very classical stuff as it seems sometimes too ‘fluffy’. Though there is nothing wrong with a bit of fluff these days.

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            • All male Swan Lake! Wow! Thanks for the links 🙂
              BTW I watched the first act of Carmen last night. Good heavens. Jonas sings like an angel from heaven. And he’s a good actor, too. I enjoyed the bits of staging that you don’t get when listening to the “greatest hits”–especially the march of the children, imitating the soldiers. But: why do the girls from the cigarette factory all dress in their underwear? They all had on shifts and corsets and petticoats, but no gowns!

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            • LOL .. artistic licence? 😉 Well in actuality it is Seville during the summer and it was very hot in those Factories as they have to keep the tobacco dry while rolling the cigarettes so the less they could wear the better 🙂 And they were mostly poor, so no fancy gowns, just skirts and some blouses. Well, less for Carmen because she is supposed to be a free women. All a bit clichee as Bizet saw it in his times but gets the idea across. Yes, he’s an angel all right to the nice girl from the village and talking about his mom, but just you wait 😉 He was 10 years younger than he is now but i thought he did a good acting job with Jose even back then. It’s thankfully a more complex role than the normal cardboard romantic hero the tenors usually get to play. And although the production might not be accurate historically i do think it bring the feeling of sweltering heat, dust in Seville across and the bustling market town and such. Lovely to see kids on stage as well and they sing great too! 🙂 Glad you are enjoying it! Let me know what you think of the rest. I love the scene where Carmen ties him up on the chair LOL

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            • Yes, that chair scene was very sexy! I can see that this production is going to be sizzling hot in more ways than one 🙂 You must be right about the factory girls stripping down because of the heat. No wonder the men all turned out to watch them leaving…

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  2. I have got to the intermission of Carmen. I loved the toreador coming in on his horse! The Lillas Pastia tavern scene was great, with all the flamenco-like stamping and dancing. It’s amazing how much eros they manage to inject into it, especially when Carmen is trying to convince Don José to desert and she puts her legs around his neck. (And the company–even Game of Thrones does not have so many heaving bosoms!) But the highlight is that song he sings about the flower. It is extraordinary. And–I could tell a difference in the applause when he finished. They were ecstatic!

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    • 🙂 so chuffed you are enjoying it! 🙂 I love the whole Lillas scene, the dancing, everything. And yes that scene is a turning point for him. He’s supposed to have been a really good boy from the village, a bit repressed and certainly not experienced. And that scene essentially triggers it out of him. Jonas always described it like Jose can’t stop himself from saying the things he does, he is just overwhelmed in that moment. It’s one of the most famous arias in all opera repertoire, but i have rarely really heard the true emotion in those words or thought much about how that declaration comes about. He really made it mean something. And that last note, he is one of only 2 tenors i know of in all opera i’ve ever listened to, and that includes historial recordings, who can float that note at the end like he does. Yes, the public was close to delirium it’s fair to say 🙂
      And she is such a woman, i love her in the role. Often she is made into a you know, easy woman but with ACA i really feel she is what she is meant to be, free. That’s what she loves most, feedom. I really love the story as well, complicated human relationships. And we do love live animals on the ROH stage ‘ggg’.

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      • Ah, I must listen again for the “floating note.” I agree that ACA is very gripping (LOL) in the role. She’s sexy and a little bit scary. I get the sense that the role is usually all about Carmen but in this production there is a more of a balance between them, but it makes the show stronger to have that chemistry of two fully developed characters.

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  3. Agonizing over whether to try to get tickets to Jez Butterworth’s new play, which will only be around for a month. Just in case a certain Irish actor is in it, you know? But also for the playwright and the director! Rumor has it that it will transfer to the West End and then Broadway, like Jerusalem, but I hate to take chances.

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    • hm, you never know and it might take times. I was thinking of getting tickets as well, the place is v small so early booking is advised 🙂 You could get them and if you decide you won’t use them i’ll sort them out for you 🙂 I don’t mind going more than once and plenty friends like theatre and will want to see it so go for it! 🙂

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      • Thanks, I’ll try it, if I can get them later in May. I’ll still be teaching until then. What an exciting show. I’m determined not to miss this one like I missed Jerusalem. I did manage to see another production of it, but I will always regret not seeing Mark Rylance in that role.

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