Today, the Royal Ballet, in collaboration with global partners Australian Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet, is launching the biggest ever global dance challenge Jump for Joy as plans for #WorldBalletDay 2021 are unveiled.
With nearly 50 global companies participating, this year’s celebration will be the largest yet, providing unique behind-the-scenes access to ballet’s biggest stars and emerging artists. The lineup includes nine companies joining for the first time, alongside returning favorites from the American Ballet Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Japan and Cape Town City Ballet.
During a first #WorldBalletDay, participating companies will encourage the public to participate in the Jump for Joy challenge. For the chance to be featured on that day, viewers will be invited to share a video of themselves performing their favorite celebratory dance move. No ballet experience is necessary and all content should be shared using #WorldBalletDay.
After six combined hours of digital content from the Australian Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet, the five-hour live broadcast of the Royal Ballet will begin at 11am BST. Opening with a class in the morning, the day will also feature rehearsal previews and exclusive behind-the-scenes content from some of this season’s highly anticipated productions, including Peter Wright’s Giselle and Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. New works will also be presented, celebrating the breadth of choreographic talent within the Company today.
Later today, the Royal Ballet will broadcast live a section of the stage and piano rehearsal of Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking new ballet, The Dante Project – a major artistic collaboration between the pioneering forces of the contemporary art scene, with a music by Thomas Adès and creations by Tacita doyen. Inspired by The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, the production will have its world premiere on October 14, marking the 700 years of the poet’s death.
From the Australian Ballet, audiences can expect a full course, with commentary from artistic director David Hallberg, followed by rehearsals for Harlequinade, I New Then and Romeo and Juliet. The three-hour segment, broadcast from Melbourne, will also include a tour of the costume production department and an introduction to the company’s educational and outreach projects.
The three-hour Bolshoi program will be hosted by ballet soloists Artyom Ovcharenko and Ana Turazashvili. The pre-recorded content will include a morning class followed by rehearsals for Orlando, La Bayadère, Don Quixote and La Fille du Pharaon, all interspersed with live interviews conducted in the historic foyer of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
In a first World Ballet Day, this year’s event will feature exclusive content on TikTok, in addition to full feeds on Facebook and YouTube.
Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet, said: “World Ballet Day is a time to celebrate dance, and now, more than ever, it is important that we come together with our global family to provide dancers and to spectators around the world with a sense of solidarity – bringing us together despite the challenges we have faced over the past year. ‘
David Hallberg, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, said: “I am honored to participate in my first World Ballet Day as Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet. We treasure this annual opportunity to join forces with the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet, companies that I have known well throughout my dancing career. I look forward to opening the doors to our studio and giving everyone a glimpse into the lives of our fascinating artists. We look forward to connecting with our loyal audience and showing them how we have persevered through these times, invigorated and inspired.
Makhar Vaziyev, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet, said: “World Ballet Day offers audiences around the world a unique opportunity to see the life of the greatest ballet companies in real time. The difficulties and restrictions of the pandemic have made us aware of the importance of ballet and dance in communities around the world. Thanks to World Ballet Day, the world’s greatest dance companies can once again come together and share with our fans what we do best: dance. It’s not just our job, it’s the heart of our daily life and the source of our inspiration. ‘
James Stafford, Head of Community and Partnerships at Tiktok UK, comments: “Thanks to TikTok, a global community of artists, institutions and audiences have been able to stay truly connected, sharing their creativity and passion for performance at through a digital lens. We are honored and excited to collaborate with The Royal Opera House on this #WorldBalletDay LIVE series, bringing the joy of LIVE performance to the TikTok ecosystem as the arts continue to thrive both on the platform and on the stage. .
The list of participating companies and their respective broadcast times are continuously updated. Visit www.worldballetday.com to learn more.