News: Royal Ballet Live

Tuesday 20 March 2012 by Sarah Golding

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo: Johan Persson. Courtesy of the Royal Opera House

On 23 March 2012, the Royal Opera House offered an unprecedented glimpse into life behind the scenes at The Royal Ballet.

Have you ever wondered what goes on before a performance at the ballet? Have you always assumed that ballerinas spend the day walking around on tip toes wearing tutus and eating that well-known brand of spherical malted milk chocolatey snacks? Well, here’s the chance to find out how far, or close, you are to the truth…

Here are some highlights from the Royal Ballet’s all-day webcast:
Royal Ballet Live highlights – part one
Royal Ballet Live highlights – part two

A full working day will be streamed live on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel and the Guardian website and will feature top dancers from Britain, Japan, Australia, South America and the United States. Live rehearsals and interviews will be interspersed with backstage films to offer an inside look at the ballet world. The aim of the day is for you to see all the hard work and dedication that go into The Royal Ballet’s performances.

The day will round off with a live Insights Evening in front of an invited audience with Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, and musician and producer Mark Ronson. Wayne will work with dancers on his new ballet Carbon Life, for which Mark has written the music.

Royal Ballet Live will be presented by television and radio presenter George Lamb and Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally. Between them, they will have exclusive access to the Company and will be encouraging you to tweet questions to be asked live on air. Twitter comments and questions with the hashtags #RBLive and #RBLquestions will be pulled into the Royal Opera House YouTube channel, and used on-screen during the event.

The day will feature rehearsals from works such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet, plus the opportunity to see ballets in the process of being created by both Wayne McGregor and Liam Scarlett, ahead of their world premieres on 5 April.

Streaming will start just before daily class at 10.30am and run right through the day until 7.45pm. Viewers on will also be able to watch a performance of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, recorded in 2010, after the Insights Evening at the end of the day, in order to see the Company in action.

Highlights from the day will be available on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel the day after the event, when the entire day will also be re-streamed on YouTube.

In the run up to Royal Ballet Live on 23 March the Guardian have followed soloist Yuhui Choe on a typical day in her life, from first rehearsal to curtain-up: A day in the life of Yuhui Choe

Your turn to dance:
In the run up to Royal Ballet Live, people are being encouraged to release their inner dancer by submitting videos of their attempts at a grand jeté, a large, split jump from one foot to the other as demonstrated by Kristen McNally in a short film on the ROH YouTube channel. A selection of those who leave their film as a video comment on Kristen’s YouMove video will have their step broadcast as part of Royal Ballet Live.

For more details about the Royal Ballet and productions now booking please visit,

Related link:
Wayne McGregor’s Carbon Life

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