Sure, a picture’s worth a thousand words, but there’s only so much a photo can show you. A photo of a ballet performance, for example, doesn’t hint at the sweat, cramping calves, last-minute onstage adjustments or even the sheer energy it takes to grand jeté off into the wings at a number’s end. But on Wednesday, October 1, anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch five of the world’s greatest ballet companies rehearse—balletomanes everywhere will get the inside access of their dreams!
It’s all part of the first-ever World Ballet Day: The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will participate in the day-long livestreaming of company class and rehearsal, in successive four-hour segments. Viewers get to be part of the action, too. There will be a live forum for audience members to submit questions, and San Francisco Ballet will open its Twitter up for questions.
Got something else going on October 1? Don’t fret, sweet balletomanes. The full day’s streaming will be up on YouTube afterward.
Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet