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Haivision Powers Live Video Streaming for International Ballet Festival

Haivision is partnering with Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and the Global Campus Network at Ryerson University to provide live video streaming for the performances of the original work entitled “Stream” at the Assemblée Internationale 2013 (AI13), to be held in Toronto, Canada on May 3rd and 4th.

A week-long international festival hosted by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), AI13 is taking place from April 28 to May 4 in Toronto. It brings together students and artistic staff from eleven countries and eighteen international professional ballet schools (including The Juilliard School, Cuba’s National Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School) for intensive classes, performances, forums, and professional development.

The festival includes four public performances, culminating with two performances that incorporate live video streaming of dance students from the Dutch National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam and AI13 students in Toronto. The performance, created by NBS choreographer Shaun Amyot, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based choreographer, Michael Schumacher, is a new worktitled Stream. Performed by a blended cast of AI13 students present in Toronto and joined virtually through the live video streaming of dancers from the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, Amyot and Schumacher’s work explores the use of new technologies in dance.

The Global Campus Network is coordinating the event technology and is using Haivision’s Mako™, a high performance, low-latency video codec technology designed for interactive communications, to bi-directionally stream live video and audio of dancers on location at the Dutch National Ballet Academy onto onstage screens in Toronto. In addition, Haivision’sKulaByte™ Internet encoder/transcoder technology, is being used to stream these live events to Internet audiences on the AI 13 website on May 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm EST and May 4th from 12:00-2:00pm EST.

“Usually when ballet students are brought together, it is for competition, butthe Assemblée Internationale festival is very unique because it is focused oncollaboration. It provides our students with a real opportunity to network with their peers, meet with artistic directors from other ballet schools and become stronger dancers by working together. Haivision’s video streaming technology is helping us realize the goal of bringing our dancers closer together, both on the stage and online,” said Amyot, “Stream” choreographer, Canada’s National Ballet School.

“The Global Campus Network is an alliance focused on developing new methods of creatinglive interactive and culturally diverse media across the world’s universities and colleges,” saidRichard Grunberg, director of Ryerson Digital Cinema and the Advanced Visualization Lab & Global Campus Network.“We partnered with Haivision to leverageonline video solutions that were reliable, ultra lowlatency and high quality to make the AI 13 Stream performance a reality.”

“The synchronization and timing needed to have dancers perform together flawlessly from two different locations, on one stage requires the lowest latency video stream possible and Haivision’s codec technology is enabling the simultaneous performance and collaboration in real-time,” said JoAnne Gaudreau, vice president of marketing at Haivision. “When art and technology come together, you’re creating something truly innovative and demonstrating the power of video to drive collaboration, whether it be in a learning or enterprise environment.”