Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
World Ballet Day will be on October 1, 2014. This year, five ballet companies will be joining forces to live stream a behind-the- scenes look at their performances. These companies are from around the world- the San Francisco Ballet, Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Ballet. The New York Times referred to the streaming as an “unprecedented bout of internationalism” as it will be available around the world for the 20-hour streaming. The stream also allows for live chatting and Q&A with each company. Viewers are also encouraged to upload videos of themselves dancing, which will ultimately be compiled for a video.
This event is important for both artists and arts managers. Not only does this allow dancers, choreographers, and designers to be viewed on an international stage, but it allows these companies to also be viewed. The Bolshoi Ballet is one component of the Theatre of Russia. Without this stream, what would be the likelihood of being able to see any part of their performances? Probably not high for the average citizen of the world. With this stream, a dancer in Brazil can watch a live Russian ballet performance for the first (and perhaps only) time in their life.