Ballet Backstage: Watch world’s TOP THEATERS uncover their SECRETS online
October 01, 2014
[Txt & Video Credits: RT, Bolshoi theater]
1 октября "Международный день балета!"
"FIVE WORLD CLASS BALLET COMPANIES, ONE DAY OF LIVE STREAMING ON WEDNESDAY 1 OCTOBER"
Bolshoi Ballet: http://www.youtube.com/user/bolshoi
The Royal Ballet: www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse
The National Ballet of Canada
San Francisco Ballet
Everyday theater life, with its intricate secrets, is to hit your screens Wednesday as five world-renowned ballet companies - the Bolshoi and the Australian Ballet among them - will lift the curtain backstage for online viewers.
Bolshoi Theatre Video live-stream: http://www.youtube.com/user/bolshoi
The Australian Ballet in Melbourne, Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, London's Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto and the San Francisco Ballet have all joined their dance forces in a move to show admirers around the world the everyday life of ballet dancers.
The first-ever event of the global project will feature backstage routine - primarily studio rehearsals - at five of the world's top theaters.
"Donkey work of the theater will be shown. Usually a viewer only sees the final result, the beauty on stage. But this event is to demonstrate how hard it is to achieve this beauty, how much blood, sweat and tears goes into it," Boris Akimov, a Bolshoi choreographer, says.
"We sleep here, eat here, go for a walk from here, everything's so close to the Bolshoi, and everything is the Bolshoi. It's our second home, it's our temple," Denis Medvedev, a dancer from the Bolshoi Ballet, told RT.
Using time difference for even wider access, the live streaming event will kick off in Australia, with the broadcast to be handed over to Moscow. The online ballet marathon will finish in the US.
"The Russian slot is from 10am [Moscow time, 06:00 GMT] till 2pm [10:00 GTM]. These four hours will start with our morning class, then we will include key points in the daily life of our ballet company, and two rehearsals. We will also try to show the international audience a glimpse of our historic stage and maybe our new stage," Katerina Novikova, head of Bolshoi's press service told RT.
World Ballet Day Live will include not only streaming of warm-up exercises and rehearsals at the companies, but also interviews with dancers and choreographers.
Viewers from anywhere in the world, with internet access, will be able to interact with the companies, asking questions and also posting videos of themselves practicing ballet.
"Our dancers are excited. They are all on Facebook, all over the internet, this young generation of dancers. The average age of a ballet dancer at the Bolshoi is 25 years old. These are all people who are familiar with the internet - it's such a big part of their daily life. They feel excited to have this chance to communicate with the audience and show something that's usually not seen," Novikova said.
Moscow's Bolshoi plans to showcase rehearsals of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘A Legend of Love’ choreographed by Yury Grigorovich. The latter first premiered in 1965 and will return on the Bolshoi's historic stage with a major revival on October 23.
The Bolshoi Theater, one of Russia's best-known trademarks, reopened its main stage after years of renovation in 2011. The project was directly supervised by the Kremlin and cost over $700 million, making it the most expensive theater renovation program ever. -RT.
"Watch World Ballet Day Live!":
LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE (Times in AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time)
THE BOLSHOI BALLET, MOSCOW
16:00 [London, UK Time: 7:00 AM]
[Moscow, Russia Time: 10:00 AM]
19:45 [London, UK Time: 10:45 AM (10:45)]
[Moscow Time: 1:45 PM (13:45)].
16:00 [London, UK Time: 7:00 AM (7:00)]
Interview with Alexander Vetrov and Ludmila Semenyaka, Senior Ballet Teachers
Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin in rehearsal, Principal Dancer and Leading Soloist
Interview with Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin
“Hero of our time” in Bauprobe
Interview with Yuri Grigorovich, Resident choreographer
“A Legend of Love” in rehearsal (corps de ballet)
“La Sylphide” in rehearsal
Interview with Artem Ovcharenko and Anna Tikhomirova, Principal Dancer and First Soloist
Interview with Anton Getman, Deputy General Director
“Taming of the Shrew” in rehearsal
Interview with Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer; Director - Choreographer of the Ballet de Monte-Carlo;
Interview with Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov, Principal Dancers
Interview with Sergey Filin, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet
Interview with Vladimir Urin, General Director, The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia