Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses. Twitter: @thewordlady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.barber.37

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stuttgart 2016 Ballet Festival NOW BOOKING

For a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please email toursenlair@gmail.com


 
Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
presents

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays

escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber


Stuttgart
15-25 July 2016
11 days, 10 nights
8 ballet performances

BALLET BUCKET LIST*
Ballets by John Cranko performed by his own Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart
*Your checklist for ballets, companies, performers, experiences that every ballet lover should enjoy at least once in their life

Sightseeing in beautiful southern Germany
and a celebration of all that the world-renowned Stuttgart Ballet has contributed to the art form

LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging
travel from your most
convenient departure point,
on the dates and times you prefer,
and to extend your stay if you wish.
Victor Travel's experienced agents
will be happy to assist you with
flight arrangements.

You can use RBC Reward Points and/or RBC Certificates towards
the purchase of this package

Friday 15 July
Arrive Stuttgart; check in to 5-star Schlossgarten Hotel, 4 minutes walk from opera house. Early evening: Meet-and-greet in the hotel's John-Cranko lounge. You may arrive earlier in Stuttgart if you wish.
Sat. 16 July
Morning: 2-hour walking tour of central Stuttgart. Afternoon at leisure. Evening: Welcome 3-course dinner before performance of companies whose directors are Stuttgart Ballet alumni: Dancers of the Korean National Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Ballett Zürich, Ballet du Rhin, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett im Revier and Gauthier Dance: Mixed Program.
Sun. 17 July
Morning at leisure. You can relax in one of Stuttgart's mineral baths, stroll in the lovely Schlossgarten, or have some classic coffee and cake at a cafe. Visit one of Stuttgart's renowned art galleries, or the Mercedes-Benz or Porsche museum, or the botanical garden and zoo. Afternoon or evening (the group will be split because the theatre is very small) Stuttgart Ballet: Mixed Program (excerpts from Stuttgart Ballet world premieres of the last 20 years). Evening: “The Next Generation” Artistic Directors Sue Jin Kang, Filip Barankiewicz, Christian Spuck, Ivan Cavallari, Robert Conn, Bridget Breiner und Eric Gauthier discuss the future.
Mon. 18 July
Day trip by private luxury coach to Baden-Baden and the Black Forest (approx 1 ½ – 2 hours each way depending on traffic). Private guided 2-hour walking tour of the historic luxury spa town of Baden-Baden. Drive through the picturesque Black Forest and visit the picture-postcard town of Schiltach. Return to Stuttgart. Evening at leisure.
Tues. 19 July
Day trip by private luxury coach to Northern Bavaria (approx 2 hours each way). Our private luxury coach transports you to the idyllic medieval town of Dinkelsbuhl for the colourful Kinderzeche festival, commemorating how the town was spared destruction in the Thirty Years' War. Continue along the “Romantic Road” to the almost perfectly preserved 16th century town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Evening: performance of works by choreographers who came out of the Stuttgart Ballet: the second detail (Forsythe), Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Scholz), new Marco Goecke
Wed. 20 July
Day at leisure. Evening Stuttgart Ballet : Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Thurs. 21 July
Day trip by high-speed train to Strasbourg, France (approx. 1¼ hours each way). 2-hour private guided tour of historic Strasbourg. Lunch. Boat trip on the Ill River. Evening: Stuttgart Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko).
Fri. 22 July
Day trip by private luxury coach (1 hour each way) to Heidelberg, Germany's most famous university town, dating from the Middle Ages. Walking tour of the old town and visit to the castle. Return to Stuttgart. Evening: Stuttgart Ballet: Onegin (Cranko)
Sat. 23 July
Visit by train (1/2 hr) to Ludwigsburg, the Versailles of southern Germany, with private guided tour of the interior of one of Germany's biggest baroque palaces and its beautiful gardens. Evening performance: John Cranko School Gala.
Sun. 24 July
Day at leisure. Farewell dinner before Stuttgart Ballet Closing Gala.
Mon. 25 July: STUTTGART
Check out of hotel and depart STUTTGART. (You may extend your stay if you wish).

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE
9 MAY 2016

TO BOOK: Lucy Nati at Victor Travel,
416-736-6010 x 234
toll-free 1-866-699-0199
Total Package

double occupancy: $5899 per person
single occupancy $7699
All prices valid till 9 MAY 2016


Package price includes:
10 nights twin share accommodation in the 5-star Schlossgarten Hotel in Stuttgart (travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)
Daily breakfast
Best available seats for 8 ballets
Private guided walking tours of central Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Dinkelsbuhl, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
Admission to Heidelberg Castle
Admission to and private guided tour of Ludwigsburg palace and garden
Day trips by private coach to Baden-Baden and the Black Forest, Dinkelsbuhl and Rothenburg, and Heidelberg
Day trips by train to Strasbourg and Ludwigsburg
River boat trip in Strasbourg
Two 3-course dinners, four 2-course lunches
Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Not included:
Airfare
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation insurance
and hospital/medical insurance
All items and activities listed as optional or suggested in this brochure
Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable payment in full is required at time of registration, no later than 9 May 2016, to secure your space for this package**.
Single supplement and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.
All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca).
RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.

**The deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent

For more information:

phone: 416.693.4496



This program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter installments, or offer an
accommodation only” option.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.

Travellers wishing to share will be
put in touch with one another.




Disclaimer
Victor Travel acts only as agents for the traveller and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc. used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travellers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travellers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 
The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour.


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Not just ballet #3

Here are some pics from the "Green Vault", the treasurehouse of the Dukes of Saxony in Dresden. nThese objects have to be seen to be believed.























Thursday, April 28, 2016

Not just ballet #2

Monet's house, Giverny
Tours en l'air trips focus on ballet, but they also provide a generous helping of sightseeing, with informative local guides. Here are some pictures from our visit to the Museum of Impressionisms [sic] and Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny, after a lovely lunch (yep, that food theme again) at a picturesque old mill in Fourges. 

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 Moulin de Fourges








World's most beautiful parking lot, Giverny

Doors painted by Gustave Caillebotte,

Daisies, Gustave Caillebotte


Claude Monet's water garden

Monet's garden











ceramic cat in Monet's kitchen


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Travel Tips for Ballet Lovers: Bordeaux region



Doesn't everyone fantasize about living in a chateau in the south of France, looking out from a spacious, elegantly furnished room over a stunning view of the tranquil countryside? Enjoying a great breakfast including freshly-baked baguettes from the local bakery, warm croissants, homemade jams, and a foaming cup of cappuccino as you sit in a beautiful garden? 



You can have this experience, with a unique ballet bonus thrown in, at Château Mathias in Virazeil, one hour from Bordeaux in the Aquitaine region, where two recently retired ballet dancers, international star Robert Tewsley and Thomas Gallus, have lovingly transformed their 19th-century manor house, with meticulous attention to every detail, into a luxury B&B which has all the comforts of a five-star hotel combined with the warm and friendly welcome of a guest house.

It's a perfect base if you are going to see the Ballet de l'Opera de Bordeaux in its magnificent opera house, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. Bordeaux was Number 2 on the New York Times list of the top 52 places to visit in 2016, thanks in large part to its restored classical historic centre, which is the largest Unesco World Heritage site in the world. From Château Mathias, charming Dordogne villages like Eymet and Issegeac (where you can visit the market and learn the artisanal skill of weaving baskets), and the vast vineyards of the Bordeaux region, including the charming medieval town of St-Emilion, are just a short drive away. 

We've all heard of the attractions of "A Year in Provence", but I think "A Few Days in Aquitaine" is an even better, more authentic French experience!












You can find out more about  Château Mathias on its website, www.chateaumathias.com

and its blog.

There are more fabulous pictures on this website.

 

 

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Meeting the dancers

I always try to arrange some meetings with dancers on my Tours en l'air trips. On my just-finished Paris-Amsterdam trip we were very privileged to meet Canadian Dutch National Ballet dancers Erica Horwood and James Stout, and to have dinner with another Canadian in DNB, Martin ten Kortenaar. It was a thrill when Dutch prima ballerina Igone de Jongh popped in to say hello!
Martin ten Kortenaar and me:
he is very tall!


Igone de Jongh meets a Canadian fan

 
Erica Horwood and James Stout after class


In Dresden we watched class and spent a fascinating few hours watching as the Dresden Semperoper Ballett rehearsed Alexei Ratmansky's Tanzsuite  for their tour to the Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg a few days later, under the watchful eye of artistic director Aaron Watkin and ballet master Raphael Coumes-Marquet. Another rehearsal saw ballet master Gamal Gouda going over the Sleeping Beauty grand pas de deux that we had just seen Jon Vallejo and Anna Merkulova perform a couple of days earlier. Some of us got to chat with Aaron Watkin, Istvan Simon, Courtney Richardson, and others in the hallway! 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bolshoi Ballet Cinema Broadcasts 2016-17

Broadcast dates and times will differ by country

The Golden Age 

The Golden Age


Time:
17:00
Duration:
2h20

Live from Moscow


SYNOPSIS

In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster…

PRESENTATION

A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. This ballet that can only be seen at the Bolshoi has everything to it: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.
List of participating partners coming soon.

Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
 
The Bright Stream

The Bright Stream


Time:
16:00
Duration:
2h30


SYNOPSIS

During harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening…

PRESENTATION

Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with its bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a Sylph and its many colorful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky’s brilliantly choreographed smash hit.
Captured live on Apr 29, 2012
List of participating partners coming soon
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky
Distribution
Svetlana Lunkina (Zina)
Mikhail Lobukhin (Pyotr)
Maria Alexandrova (the Ballerina)
Ruslan Skvortsov (the Ballet Dancer)
Denis Savin (the Accordionist)
Alexei Loparevich (the Old Dacha Dweller)
 
 
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Time:
16:00
Duration:
2h15
1 intermissions

SYNOPSIS

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie…

PRESENTATION

Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Captured live on Dec 21, 2014
List of participating partners coming soon
Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto
Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)
Distribution
Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince)
Anna Nikulina (Marie)
Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer)
Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King)
The Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
 

The Sleeping Beauty


Time:
16:00
Duration:
2h50
1 intermissions

Live from Moscow

LIVE

SYNOPSIS

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

PRESENTATION

In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other. A must-see!
List of participating partners coming soon
Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto
Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault)
 
 
Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Time:
16:00
Duration:
3h00
1 intermissions

SYNOPSIS

At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan for him….

PRESENTATION

A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Captured live on Jan 25, 2015
List of participating partners coming soon
Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto
Yuri Grigorovich
Distribution
Svetlana Zakharova (Odette/Odile)
Denis Rodkin (Prince Siegfried)
Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius)
Igor Tsvirko (the Fool)
 
 A Contemporary Evening

A Contemporary Evening

New production

Time:
16:00
Duration:
2h40
2 intermissions

Live from Moscow

LIVE

SYNOPSIS

For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

PRESENTATION

This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.
List of participating partners coming soon
Music
Benjamin Britten (Frank Bridge Variations); Max Richter, Ludwig van Beethoven (Short Time Together), Leonid Desyatnikov (Russian Seasons)
Choreography
Hans Van Manen (Frank Bridge Variations); Sol León & Paul Lightfoot (Short Time Together); Alexei Ratmansky (Russian Seasons

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

New production

Time:
17:00
Duration:
2h45
2 intermissions

Live from Moscow

LIVE

SYNOPSIS

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…

PRESENTATION

“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.
List of participating partners coming soon.
Music
Ilya Demutsky
Choreography
Yuri Possokhov
Libretto
Kirill Serebrennikov

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