Tuesday 4 October 2016 is the third annual World Ballet Day, during which the world’s leading ballet companies will be streaming a total of 20 hours of live webcast from behind the scenes. The webcast will begin with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne at 05.00, followed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow at 09.00, the Royal Ballet in London at 13.00, the Canadian National Ballet in Toronto at 17.00 and the San Francisco Ballet at 21.00. In the course of the day, the webcast will follow morning classes and rehearsals in ballet studios and on stage.
FNB’s Facebook Live starts at 13.15 EET
In a new feature for this year’s World Ballet Day, the participants have invited other ballet companies on their respective continents to join a parallel stream on Facebook. The Royal Ballet in London has invited ten other companies to join in, including the Finnish, Estonian, Dutch, Polish and Norwegian National Ballets, the Ballet of La Scala, the Royal Danish and Swedish Ballets, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Vienna State Opera Ballet.
The streamed webcast of the FNB will be seen at the beginning of the Royal Ballet segment, from 13.15 EET. Hosted by Artistic Director Kenneth Greve, the webcast will visit workshops, rehearsal rooms and the stage, with excerpts from rehearsals for The Snow Queen and Alice in Wonderland.
The main World Ballet Day webcast will be streamed live on the World Ballet Day website, worldballetday.com, and on the websites of all five participating companies. The Facebook Live webcasts of each of the invited contributors will be streamed on the Facebook pages of each company. The FNB segment can be seen on the Facebook page of the FNOB at www.facebook.com/oopperabaletti. You do not need to have a Facebook user ID to watch a Facebook Live webcast, and you can either watch it as a live stream or play it back later.