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10:24 Ballet dancers begin their day with a morning exercise six times a week. This exercise, taken by a rota of teachers, wakes up the body for the day’s work and helps keep up classical ballet technique. Accompanied by a pianist, the exercise begins with warmups on the bar and progresses to figures, pirouettes and leaps. After an hour’s exercise, the dancers go their separate ways to rehearsals of various works. Read more

10:24 Ballet room

17:15 There are 170 children and adolescents attending the Ballet School of the FNO, from the young dancers aged 7 to 8 in primary education to the vocational education students. The weekly programme for 3rd graders includes four hours of ballet basics, rhythm, acrobatics and body care. Pupils also have opportunities to become acquainted with the work of a dancer in appearing with professionals in productions of the Ballet. A great hobby, hard work and having fun together – that is what ballet is all about. Read more

17:15 Ballet School

12:40 A diverse, hungry crowd packs into the staff canteen in the lunch break. The staff canteen serves some 300 meals a day and caters to 500–700 customers – whatever they may look like. Most of the personnel work in two shifts, so the staff canteen is also open from early in the morning to late at night. Read more

12:40 Staff canteen

14:28 Set construction begins at the metal workshop, where three metalworkers create the framework for set elements. They cut, bend, weld, turn and smooth various kinds of metal. In the course of a year, they may use up to 3 km of steel and aluminium pipe, dozens of kilos of welding wire and thousands of nuts and bolts. The aim is to build sets that are lightweight, safe and durable. The work is governed by the set designer’s vision and the aim of creating illusions for the viewer. Read more

14:28 Metal workshop