Thursday, 22 March 2012

This Friday: Royal Ballet Live

Tomorrow the Royal Ballet opens the doors of the Royal Opera House to a worldwide audience for a day-long livestream offering unparalleled access to life as a member of the company.

Offering a glimpse into the unique environment of the ballet studio and a chance to witness the work and dedication that go into The Royal Ballet’s performances, the day will begin with a broadcast of morning class live from 10.30am (GMT). This will be followed by rehearsals from works such as "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "Romeo and Juliet", as well as the opportunity to see ballets in the process of being created by Wayne McGregor – The Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer - and Liam Scarlett, ahead of their world premieres on April 5.

The day will round off at 18.30 GMT as Wayne McGregor and musician/producer Mark Ronson rehearse and discuss their new ballet, "Carbon Life", in front of an invited audience.

And you can be part of the day too. As part of the online event you can submit your questions to put to the dancers and internationally renowned choreographers who work with The Royal Ballet. You’ll be able to post your comments and questions via Twitter with the hashtags #RBLive and #RBLquestions and The Royal Ballet team will choose a selection to ask live.

In the run up to Royal Ballet Live you can also unleash your inner dancer by submitting a video of yourself doing a grand jeté (a big jump!), a selection of which will be broadcast to the world. The more creative the location the better.

If you can’t tune in live, there’ll be a rebroadcast shortly afterwards and highlights from the day will be available on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.

Laura Quinn, Marketing Manager, YouTube, recently watched "2-year-old dancing the jive".