World Ballet Day live! The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world's leading ballet companies. This online event will take place tomorrow - 1 October - when each of the companies will stream live behind the scenes action from their rehearsal studios. Starting at the beginning of the dancers' day, each of the five ballet companies - Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet - will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters starting with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. The live link then passes across time zones and cultures from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco.
The Bolshoi Ballet (10.00 - 14.00 Moscow time) will be rehearsing a new ballet, The Taming of the Shrew, which the Company commissioned from Jean-Christophe Maillot, Director-Choreographer of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, a work which premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow this past July. The Company will also be seen preparing for Yuri Grigorovich's 1961 ballet, A Legend of Love which returns to the Bolshoi Theatre Main Stage this season in a major revival, and, on 26 October, will be shown live in over 800 cinemas the world over.