The Royal Ballet has partnered with the Australian Ballet and Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet for what it says is the largest global dance challenge to date. Nearly 50 companies from around the world will take place in the Jump For Joy challenge on World Ballet Day on October 19. The American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and National Ballet of Japan are among those involved.
Those taking part will be asked to share a video of themselves performing their favorite celebratory dance move using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay. No experience is needed for those at home. The day itself will feature six hours of digital content from the Australian and Bolshoi ballets, and a Royal Ballet five-hour live stream.
50 companies from around the world has joined the World Ballet Day on October 19, nearly half of them from Europe
Nearly 50 companies from around the world will take place in the Jump For Joy challenge on World Ballet Day on October 19, half of them being from Europe. Among them, viewers will experience previews of rehearsals and behind the scenes content from some of the well known ballet companies from CEE, like Sofia Opera and Ballet, Polski Ballet Narodowy and Wiener Staaballet.
With COVID-19 guidelines changing daily across the globe, dance companies have struggled to return to stages and rehearsal studios. This year’s celebration will recognize the extraordinary resilience of this art form in the face of those challenges, showcasing the breadth of talent performing, choreographing, and working on productions today.
The 2021 edition of #WorldBalletDay is set to be the biggest ever. In collaboration with TikTok, and with streams across YouTube and Facebook, this year’s viewership is expected to exceed the previous record set in 2019, when #WorldBalletDay content was viewed over 300 million times.
Also find: Ural Opera, Stuttgart Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Academy of Dance,
The Royal Danish Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Opera de Paris,
Finnish National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Mikhailovsky Theater, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet,
Estonian National Opera, Imperial Society of Theachers of Dancing, Mariinsky Theater,
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Bayerisches Staatsballett, Ballet de Barcelona
World Ballet Day 2021 itself will feature six hours of digital content from the Australian and Bolshoi ballets, and a Royal Ballet five-hour live stream
The Australian Ballet’s offering from Melbourne will include a tour of the costume production department and an introduction to the company’s educational and outreach projects, while Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will be hosted by ballet soloists Artem Ovcharenko and Ana Turazashvili.
David Hallberg, artistic director of the Australian Ballet
I am honoured to be a part of my first World Ballet Day as Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet. “We cherish 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 our studio doors and giving everyone a glimpse into the life of our compelling artists. We can’t wait to connect with our loyal audiences and show them how we have persevered through these times, reenergised and reinspired.
Kevin O’Hare, director of the Royal Ballet
World Ballet Day is a time to celebrate dance, and now, more than ever, it’s important that we come together with our global family to provide dancers and audience members across the world with a sense of solidarity – bringing us together despite the challenges we have faced over the last year.
Makhar Vaziyev, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet
World Ballet Day gives audiences around the world a unique opportunity to view the lives of leading ballet companies in real time. The pandemic’s difficulties and restrictions have made us keenly aware of the importance of ballet and dance in communities across the globe. Thanks to World Ballet Day, the world’s leading dance companies can once again unite and share with our fans what we do best: dance. It’s not just our work, it’s the core of our everyday life and the source of our inspiration.