Global live stream celebrates World Ballet Day

The Australian Ballet joins companies in Russia, Canada, the UK and the USA in an unprecedented celebration of their art form.
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Artists of The Australian Ballet in La Bayadere, The Australian Ballet 2014. Photography: Lynette Wills.

A behind-the-scenes look into the backstage lives of the world’s leading ballet dancers and companies is being presented from midday AEST today (3am BST) for World Ballet Day 2014.

Crossing time zones and borders, the live video stream – an unparalleled collaboration between The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take viewers into rehearsal rooms, feature interviews with key artistic staff, and explore the day-to-day lives of dancers.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts