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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sue Jin Kang's farewell at the Stuttgart Ballet



Last night, after 30 years with the Stuttgart Ballet, Sue Jin Kang had her farewell performance in Onegin. 

No one knows how to celebrate better than the Stuttgart Ballet. On every seat in the sold out house there was a sign with a big red heart and "Danke Sue Jin". After every member of the company had come on stage and presented her with a rose, and balloons had cascaded from the flies, we were given the signal to hold up our signs, and this was the result.



I would like to add my thanks to Sue Jin for many many incredibly moving performances over the years and wish her all the best in her new position as artistic director of the National Ballet of Korea.

If you want to enjoy inimitable ballet experiences like  this, why not join a Tours en l'air trip!

Do you love ballet but have a travelling companion who would like something less ballet-intensive? Check out our "Wine-Food-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of-ballet" trip to the south of France in July 2017. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Inside Bordeaux's Beautiful Grand Theatre


Come and see this magnificent opera house for yourself on my exciting Bordeaux-Toulouse trip in July 2017.  A seat is already on hold for you in the orchestra level for a performance of Romeo and Juliet!

For more info, please click here:  http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html
















Photos courtesy of Thomas Gallus


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter


Dear Balletomane,
In this newsletter:
  1. Why you really want to go to the South of France next July
  2. Paris-Amsterdam trip April 30 – May 10
  3. All 2016-17 trips
  4. National Ballet of Canada Winter's Tale in New York: casting
  5. Ballet in US Cinemas this summer
  6. Discount on events at T-buds Tea Lounge in Toronto
  7. Videos



PLEASE READ YOUR NEWSLETTER! I saw a lot of you at Frankenstein who could have entered my contest to win free tickets but apparently didn't know about it.

Why you really want to go to the South of France next July
Wine. Gourmet meals. Art. Beautiful medieval villages and impressive castles. Farmers' markets. Striking landscapes. Gardens. Prehistoric cave paintings. UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A magnificent opera house. And, for aviation buffs, the possibility to visit a brand new aviation museum and the Airbus assembly line to see a super jumbo A380 under construction. Did I mention wine?
Oh, and ballet TOO!! This is a fabulous trip if you love ballet, but it's also the ideal trip if you have a travelling companion who is less keen on ballet (I don't understand it myself, but I gather such people do exist).
It's less of an all-ballet-all-the-time trip, and more a “Food-Wine-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of Ballet” trip to the incomparably beautiful Southwest of France, centred on Bordeaux and Toulouse. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html
As usual, let me know if you want to be kept updated about this trip. It will likely be booking this summer, and the signup deadline may be very short indeed because of ticketing policies in Toulouse.
Paris-Amsterdam trip April 30 – May 10
This will be booking in August and there are already over 30 people on the priority mailing list. You need to be on this if you have any interest at all in this trip, as otherwise it may be completely booked up before you even get the newsletter. NO COMMITMENT REQUIRED AT THIS POINT. Draft itinerary is here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/07/amsterdam-and-paris-ballet-trip-may-2017.html
All 2016-17 trips
If you haven't done so yet, please look at all my proposed 2016-17 trips and let me know which ones you would like to be on the priority mailing list for. Click here for the details: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/p/upcoming-ballet-trips.html
National Ballet of Canada Winter's Tale in New York: casting

Ballet in US Cinemas this summer
In case you missed them the first time around, three performances from the Lincoln Center at the Movies series are returning to U.S. cinemas this summer:
  1.  the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Tuesday, July 26
  2.  Ballet Hispanico on Tuesday, August 2
  3. San Francisco Ballet's Romeo & Juliet starring Maria Kochetkova on Tuesday, August 9 all starting at 7:00 pm local time. A list of cinemas for each showing can be found by clicking on the grey "more info" button and then on the "Theater Locations" tab once you click on the link above for each performance.
Discount on Events at T-Buds Tea Lounge
Looking for somewhere nice to host a family birthday party, wedding or baby shower or other event? Or do you need catering? T-Buds in North Toronto is happy to offer Tours en l'air subscribers up to 20% off catering or special events. I can recommend the food highly and their prices are already very reasonable even without the discount. Please contact me for details.
Videos
The exquisite pas de deux from Jerome Robbins' In G (which you can see on our Amsterdam-Paris trip!)

Vienna State Ballet's Davide Dato in Don Quixote

Running late for work ... at Paris Opera Ballet (yes, it's your obligatory Mathieu Ganio video)

Two pas de deux to Duke Ellington by Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dutch National Ballet in their latest program:

Jurgita Dronina, now of National Ballet of Canada, and Mathias Heymann of Paris Opera Ballet in Grand Pas Classique (those relevés on one foot in her solo make my ankles hurt just watching them!)

The Royal Danish Ballet's Alban Lendorf doing that Bournonville thing:


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Amsterdam and Paris Ballet Trip May 2017

This is the preliminary itinerary. Some elements still to be confirmed. Price yet to be determined.

There are already over 30 people who will receive priority notification when booking opens in August, so if you want to be one of them, send an email to toursenlair@gmail.com. This does not commit you to joining the trip.

Amsterdam and Paris
in Tulip Time
30 April – 10 May 2017
11 days, 10 nights
3 ballet performances + 1 optional
The world's first ballet company,
Paris Opera Ballet, plus Dutch National Ballet in an all-Balanchine program, and its Junior Company performing works by 
the three major Dutch choreographers,
Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and Toer van Schayk

Amsterdam
Sunday April 30 AMSTERDAM
Arrive Amsterdam. Check in to hotel, a few minutes walk from Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. 
 
Monday May 1 AMSTERDAM
1030 am: Private guided tour of the highlights of the Rijksmuseum (1 hour). Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner followed by performance of Dutch National Ballet Junior Company: works by the three major Dutch choreographers, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and Toer van Schayk, plus 3 other works.

Tuesday May 2 AMSTERDAM
Day at leisure

Wednesday May 3 AMSTERDAM
Noon: Depart by private coach for the spectacular Keukenhof Garden


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1240 pm: Arrive Keukenhof. Visit Keukenhof (about 90 minutes). Evening performance of Dutch National Ballet: Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations (all Balanchine)


Thursday May 4 AMSTERDAM
Day at leisure.

Ghent
 
Friday May 5
AMSTERDAM – GHENT - PARIS
830am: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury washroom-equipped private coach to Paris. Noon: Arrive Ghent, Belgium. 12-minute cruise by private boat along the river from coach park to central Ghent. Lunch, followed by private guided 90-minute walking tour of historic Ghent, with a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral and van Eyck's masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Free time to stock up on Belgian chocolate, have a waffle or a cherry beer at an outdoor cafe, or stroll along the canals.
4 pm: Depart Ghent for Paris
830 pm: Arrive at 4-star Les Jardins du Marais hotel in the lovely Marais district.
 
Saturday May 6 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: 2-course dinner before Paris Opera Ballet performance: In G (Robbins), La Valse (Balanchine), Bolero (Cherkaoui) at the historic Palais Garnier opera house.
 Robbins In G:

Sunday May 7 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: Optional Paris Opera Ballet performance: Walkaround Time (Cunningham), Trio, Workwithinwork (both Forsythe). 

 
Monday May 8 PARIS
Day trip by private coach to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny. Private guided tour of the Musée des Impressionismes. Lunch. Return to Paris. Evening at leisure.
Le Moulin de Fourges restaurant
 
Gardens at Giverny

Claude Monet's house


Tuesday May 9 PARIS
Day at leisure. Guided tour of Paris Opera Garnier before farewell dinner.

Wednesday May 10 PARIS
Check out of hotel and depart Paris.

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 25!

Do you love ballet but have a travelling companion who would like something less ballet-intensive? Check out our "Wine-Food-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of-ballet" trip to the south of France in July 2017. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Winter's Tale New York Casting: National Ballet of Canada

 

Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale

All performances at the David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center
*Debut
All casting subject to change

For more information and to buy tickets, visit LincolnCenterFestival.org or go to the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall box offices or call Center Charge at 212 721 6500.

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Leontes
Hermione
Perdita
Florizel
Polixenes
Paulina
July 28 @ 8 pm
Piotr Stanczyk
Hannah Fischer
Jillian Vanstone
Naoya Ebe
Harrison James
Xiao Nan Yu
July 29 @ 8 pm
Evan McKie
Jurgita Dronina
Elena Lobsanova
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Brendan Saye
Svetlana Lunkina
July 30 @ 2 pm
Guillaume Côté*
Sonia Rodriguez*
Rui Huang
Skylar Campbell
Félix Paquet
Svetlana Lunkina
July 30 @ 8 pm
Piotr Stanczyk
Hannah Fischer
Jillian Vanstone
Naoya Ebe
Harrison James
Xiao Nan Yu
July 31 @ 2 pm
McGee Maddox
Heather Ogden
Elena Lobsanova
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Brendan Saye
Tanya Howard

Monday, June 27, 2016

Food, Wine, Sightseeing...and Ballet Trip: South of France (Toulouse and Bordeaux)



The "Miroir d'eau", the amazing reflecting pool at the Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux
At last, the Tours en l'air trip for those of you whose partner "isn't into ballet that much".

While most Tours en l'air trips squeeze as much ballet into as little time as possible, this wonderful trip to beautiful southwest France offers ballet (of course) but with more time spent enjoying all the other things the region has to offer.

Rendez-vous à Bordeaux from Bordeaux Tourisme on Vimeo.
Le Grand Theatre, Bordeaux



Wine. Gourmet meals. Beautiful medieval villages and impressive castles. Farmers' markets. Striking landscapes. Gardens. Prehistoric cave paintings. And, for aviation buffs, the possibility to visit a brand new aviation museum and the Airbus assembly line to see a super jumbo A380 under construction.



The gardens at Eyrignac

Bordeaux. Listed by the New York Times as its #2 of 56 places to visit in 2016, whose entire elegant 18th-century centre is the world's largest urban Unesco world heritage site, and boasts one of Europe's oldest opera houses, the Grand Theatre dating from 1780.


We aren't forgetting the ballet, though. Here's the program (as usual I would see if I could arrange for us to watch class or rehearsals and have a backstage tour). PLUS!!! Exclusively for Tours en l'air, lunch and Q&A with recently retired international ballet star ROBERT TEWSLEY at Chateau Mathias.

Chateau Mathias

Chateau Mathias

Seize the opportunity in 2017, because it's not every year that these two companies' schedules align so that you can see a performance in each in one week. No guarantees that this trip will be available in 2018!

June 29 - July 10, 2017
 South of France:
Toulouse and Bordeaux (day trips to Saint-Emilion, Sarlat, and Carcassonne)

Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse


Les Sylphides, MC14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) (Preljocaj)
Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux

Romeo and Juliet (Jude)
BOOKING SEPTEMBER 2016

  

Are you tempted? Email me at toursenlair@gmail.com and I will add your name to the priority notification list and will update you as the itinerary and pricing firm up. No commitment is required yet, just an expression of interest.

DRAFT ITINERARY


Thursday 29 June
Arrive Toulouse. Check in to 4-star Hotel Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson (or similar), 9 minutes walk from the Halle aux Grains theatre.
Friday 30 June
Morning: 2-hour walking tour of the historic centre of Toulouse including the Theatre du Capitole 6pm: 1-hour Lecture demonstration (in French) about the ballet program at the Halle aux Grains
Sarlat

Saturday 1 July
Day trip to the Dordogne.
8 am: Depart Toulouse for Sarlat. Our private coach takes you to the picturesque medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, wending its way along the stunning Dordogne valley past chateaux and villages
1030: arrive Sarlat-la-Canéda. Walking tour of the old town (1 hr). The weekly farmers' market will be in full swing in Sarlat and you can sample the local foie gras, truffles, duck confit, and other produce. We carry on through more of some of France`s most beautiful countryside to the gardens at Eyrignac. Lunch and visit the gardens. Return to Toulouse.
Jardins d'Eyrignac
Sunday 2 July
Day at leisure. If you are an aerospace buff, why not visit Toulouse's Cité de l'espace or its brand new Aeroscopia museum, where over two dozen vintage and modern aircraft, including 2 Concordes, are on display.
Take advantage of some of the tango festival events around the city. Dinner.
Monday 3 July
Day trip to the Causses du Quercy regional park. 8 am: Our private coach takes you to “France's favourite village”, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (1 hr 45). 10-11 am. Guided walking tour.
St Cirq, enclosed by fortified gates, includes many beautiful old houses whose facades of stone or wood were built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. They are characterised by their steep-sloped, flat tile roofs. In the streets, open arcades of shops preserve the memory of craft activities that created the wealth of St. Cirq. Skinners in the rue de la Pelissaria, coppersmiths in rue Peyrolerie and especially wood turners or roubinetaïres, with workshops producing button moulds, bowls, cups and cooper's taps.
At the foot of Lapopie, mills, dams, ports, locks and a towpath evoke the glorious age of river commerce. Gourmet Lunch. Continue on (20 minutes) to
Pech-Merle.
200pm – 300 pm Visit the caves with their limestone formations and 25,000-year-old prehistoric wall paintings (1 hour). 
Return to Toulouse (6 pm)  
Carcassonne

Tuesday 4 July
Day trip to Carcassonne.
8h15: depart Toulouse (1 hr 15 mins)
10-1230: Guided tour of the medieval citadel, including the castle of the counts, the Saint-Nazaire basilica with its remarkable 13th-century statues and stained glass, and the ramparts.
1230-2: “Medieval menu” 3-course lunch
230: return to Toulouse.
8 pm Ballet performance: Les Sylphides, MC14/22 Ceci est mon corps (Preljocaj)

Wednesday 5 July
9 am Depart Toulouse for Bordeaux
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1130 Arrive Chateau Mathias, Virazeil
12- 1 pm Buffet lunch
1-2 pm Q&A with recently retired international ballet star ROBERT TEWSLEY
3 pm Depart Chateau Mathias for Bordeaux
430 pm arrive Bordeaux
Bordeaux Grand Theatre
8 pm Romeo and Juliet in one of Europe's oldest opera houses, the magnificent Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, built in 1780.


Thursday 6 July
10 am: Cité du Vin
12: lunch at Cité du Vin
3 pm-5 pm: Walking tour of Bordeaux
Church of Notre-Dame, Bordeaux
730 pm: Dinner

Friday 7 July
Day trip to St-Emilion: visit winery, have lunch, guided tour of medieval town, visit another winery.
Vineyards in Saint-Emilion
Saturday 8 July
Afternoon: Guided tour of Grand Theatre
Sunday 9 July
Day at leisure. Farewell dinner
Monday 10 July
Depart Bordeaux

The Dordogne river
 Saint-Cirq-Lapopie






Interior of Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse



https://youtu.be/xxzeSpTWY9U






Typical early July weather: daytime highs 24-29 degrees Celsius (75-84 degrees Fahrenheit), mostly sunny.

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