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Monday, May 25, 2015

National Ballet of Canada gala repertoire

June 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Summer pas de deux from James Kudelka's The Four Seasons featuring First Soloists Tanya Howard and Patrick Lavoie
Act II pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan's Manon performed by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson and Corps de Ballet member Harrison James.
Corps de Ballet members Hannah Fischer and Ethan Watts inThe Wild Space Between Two Hearts created by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet.
Sir Frederick Ashton’s Méditation from Thaïs, performed by Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk 
Dying Swan after Michel Fokine, performed by Principal Dancer Svetlana Lunkina.
Carousel (A Dance) by Christopher Wheeldon. with Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone and Corps de Ballet member Harrison James in the lead roles.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

May Tours en l'air Newsletter

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20 May 2015

Dear Balletomane,



Lecture Series: Jewish Contributions to Ballet


Mondays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm


Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave


June 1, 8 & 15

In the high-art world of ballet, Jewish dancers, choreographers, composers and designers have all left a significant mark. Discover how ballet as we know it would not have been the same without them.

Series: $40+HST, Drop in: $16+HST To register please call: 416-924-6211 x0 For more info:




Aurelie Dupont farewell screenings in Waterloo and Quebec


One of the greatest dancers of our generation retired this week with a performance of Manon, partnered by Roberto Bolle. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near any of these cinemas on various dates in June:





National Ballet Sleeping Beauty casting


Click here for casting for June performances in Toronto:





Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur July 29-August 8


Two of the most charming men in dance, Daniel Ulbricht (whom the Tours en l'air New York group met and fell in love with) and Eric Gauthier are among highlights of the St-Sauveur festival. For more info click here:






Upcoming trips in 2016
Some new trips added to the potential list. For the full list of upcoming trips, please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/p/upcoming-ballet-trips.html

As always, PLEASE let me know if you are even potentially interested in/available for any of these trips. This is not a commitment. I do not mind if you say you're interested and then can't make the trip. At this point, it is a question of eliminating those trips that no-one expresses an interest in.



February 2 - 4

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet

7 for Eight (Tomasson),  Magrittomania (Possokhov), Pas/Parts (Forsythe)

Continuum (Wheeldon), Liam Scarlett World Premiere, Rubies (Balanchine)



February 27 - March 4

Washington DC

Mariinsky Ballet:

Raymonda

Washington Ballet:  

PRISM (Lopez Ochoa), State of Wonder (Webre), In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

New York City Ballet:  

Ash (Martins), After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon), New Peck, The Infernal Machine (Martins), Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (Balanchine) 

La Sylphide (Bournonville), Bournonville Divertissements



April 29 - May 10

Prague and Vienna

(day trip to Bratislava)

Czech National Ballet

La Bayadère

Valmont

Vienna State Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

Marie Antoinette (de Bana)

Hamburg Ballet

Shakespeare Dances (Neumeier)

Slovak National Theatre Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty



May 21 - 23 (Victoria Day Weekend)

Boston

Boston Ballet

Swan Lake

New Armitage, New Yanowsky, Belong pas de deux (Vesak), Resonance (Martinez



Videos and pics



Cool Giselle photos:




Ballet meets breakdancing in Dresden:




Paris Opera Ballet's Ludmila Pagliero and Mathieu Ganio in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering


https://youtu.be/H-Q8P2WW5i4




Katherine Barber

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

National Ballet Sleeping Beauty casting

All performances at Four Seasons Centre, Toronto.
To buy tickets:
http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2014-2015-Season/The-Sleeping-Beauty

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Aurora
Florimund
Lilac Fairy
Carabosse
Princess Florine
Bluebird
Diamond Lady
Diamond Man
June 10 @ 730
Greta Hodgkinson
Harrison James*
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Rebekah Rimsay
Elena Lobsanova
Keiichi Hirano
Alexandra MacDonald*
Jack Bertinshaw*
June 11 @ 2
Jillian Vanstone
Naoya Ebe*
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Emma Hawes*
Kota Sato*
Stephanie Hutchison
Nan Wang
June 11 @ 730
Sonia Rodriguez
Piotr Stanczyk
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Elena Lobsanova
Skylar Campbell
Alexandra MacDonald*
Jack Bertinshaw*
June 12 @ 730
Xiao Nan Yu
McGee Maddox*
Stephanie Hutchison
Rebekah Rimsay
Elena Lobsanova
Keiichi Hirano
Chelsy Meiss
Nan Wang
June 13 @ 2
Jillian Vanstone
Naoya Ebe*
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Rebekah Rimsay
Emma Hawes*
Kota Sato*
Stephanie Hutchison
Nan Wang
June 13 @ 730
Sonia Rodriguez
Piotr Stanczyk
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Elena Lobsanova
Keiichi Hirano
Alexandra MacDonald*
Jack Bertinshaw*
June 14 @ 2
Xiao Nan Yu
McGee Maddox*
Stephanie Hutchison
Rebekah Rimsay
Elena Lobsanova
Skylar Campbell
Jordana Daumec
Giorgio Galli
June 19 @ 730
Sonia Rodriguez
Piotr Stanczyk
Lise-Marie Jourdain
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jenna Savella
Kota Sato*
Jordana Daumec
Giorgio Galli
June 20 @ 2
Elena Lobsanova*
Francesco Gabriele Frola*
Stephanie Hutchison
Rebekah Rimsay
Jenna Savella
Kota Sato*
Chelsy Meiss
Nan Wang
June 20 @ 730
Greta Hodgkinson
Harrison James*
Stephanie Hutchison
Rebekah Rimsay
Jillian Vanstone
Keiichi Hirano
Alexandra MacDonald*
Jack Bertinshaw*

National Ballet of Canada June Mixed Program casting

Principal Casting
Being and Nothingness
Jack Bertinshaw, Greta Hodgkinson, Kathryn Hosier, Svetlana Lunkina, Chelsy Meiss, Félix Paquet, Brent Parolin, Ben Rudisin, Dylan Tedaldi (May 30, June 3, 5, 6)
Skylar Campbell, Hannah Fischer, Emma Hawes, Tanya Howard, Harrison James, Patrick Lavoie, Brent Parolin, Meghan Pugh, Dylan Tedaldi (May 31, June 4)
Symphony #9
Elena Lobsanova and Félix Paquet, Jordana Daumec and Keiichi Hirano, Skylar Campbell (May 30 at 2:00 pm, May 31, June 5)
Xiao Nan Yu and McGee Maddox, Chelsy Meiss and Piotr Stanczyk, Naoya Ebe (May 30 at 7:30 pm, June 3, 4, 6)  
Piano Concerto #1
Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James, Jillian Vanstone and Dylan Tedaldi (May 30, 31, June 3, 5)
Elena Lobsanova and Naoya Ebe, Jenna Savella and Francesco Gabriele Frola (June 4, 6)

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New Lecture Series: Jewish Contributions to Ballet

Jewish Contributions to the World of Ballet

Mondays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave

June 1, 8 & 15
With Katherine Barber, Canada’s Word Lady
In the high-art world of ballet, Jewish dancers, choreographers, composers and designers have all left a significant mark. Discover how ballet as we know it would not have been the same without them.

Series: $40+HST, Drop in: $16+HST To register please call: 416-924-6211 x0


In the high-art world of ballet, Jewish dancers, choreographers, composers, designers, and company founders have all left a significant mark. Find out how ballet as we know it would not have been the same without them. These lectures, illustrated by entertaining video clips focusing on the huge variety of what constitutes “ballet”, will introduce you to some of the well-known and less-well-known Jewish contributors to this art form. 

Classical ballet as we know it was ushered in to the music of one Jewish composer, Giacomo Meyerbeer, in the 1830s, and then sustained to the music of another, Ludwig Minkus, through its classical flowering in Russia in the late 19th century. 

The early 20th century brought the radical reforms of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, with the sumptuous designs of Leon Bakst and the sultry dancing of Ida Rubinstein. 
Bakst design for Scheherazade

As the century unwound, many strong Jewish ballerinas – Marie Rambert, Alicia Markova, Celia Franca, and Sonia Gaskell, founded ballet companies in countries having no tradition of the art form. In the second half of the century, Jerome Robbins brought Broadway pizzazz and American flair to the art form.

The Miles Nadal JCC is at 750 Spadina Ave, at the corner of Bloor and Spadina

To get to us via the TTC:

Take either the Bloor/Danforth or the Yonge/University/Spadina line to Spadina Station.

To get to us from the West End:

Take Bloor Street east to Spadina Ave, or take the Gardiner to Spadina Ave and then North to Bloor Street.

To get to us from the East End:

Take Danforth Ave west until it turns into Bloor street and continue west to Spadina Ave, or take the Gardiner to Spadina Ave and then North to Bloor Street.

To get to us from the North:

Take the Allen Expressway to Eglinton and go east to Spadina Road and then south to Bloor Street, or take Bathurst Street South to Bloor Street and then East to Spadina Ave.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

English National Ballet livestream 20 June

Choreographics 2014
Erina Takahashi and James Forbat performing in Choreographics 2014. Photo: © Photography by ASH

English National Ballet’s platform for emerging dance makers, Choreographics, at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio on 19th and 20th June, will this year be live streamed for the first time, in partnership with ArtStreamingTV, on Saturday 20th June at 2.15pm.
Together with being able to watch the full programme of performances, audiences will also get an insight into Choreographics, with live interviews from some of the artists and collaborators involved.
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “Choreographics is a wonderful platform for up and coming dance makers, offering them an incredible opportunity to develop as creators, and work with leading figures in the dance world. I am thrilled that this year we are able to live stream the programme, allowing audiences around the world the opportunity to see what these talented choreographers produce.
This year sees six works, inspired by the theme of post war America, from English National Ballet company members Fabian Reimair, who created We Are Free for last year’s programme; James Streeter, whose work In Living Memory was performed at Latitude Festival in 2014; Stina Quagebeur, whose Vera was selected by The Breaking Glass Project and performed in New York and who recently worked on English National Ballet’s second Dance Journeys project at Sadler’s Wells; and Max Westwell, making his debut as a choreographer in a professional setting.
For the first time, this year’s Choreographics is open to artists outside of English National Ballet, and sees work presented by Morgann Runacre-Temple, choreographer in residence at Ballet Ireland since 2009, who has created four full length ballets for the company; and Renato Paroni de Castro, who has previously choreographed works for Sarasota Ballet and London Studio Centre’s classical ballet performance group, Images of Dance.
Each choreographer will receive mentoring from award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant and dancer, choreographer and teacher Kerry Nicholls, and musical guidance from English National Ballet’s Music Director Gavin Sutherland. Each piece created will be performed by English National Ballet company members (see below for casting).
The winning piece from English National Ballet School’s Choreographic Competition, which will also be live streamed on ArtStreamingTV on Tuesday 19 May at 7pm, will open Choreographics.
Choreographics offers emerging artists the opportunity to discover a choreographic language and progress their skills as creators. It is vital to English National Ballet’s commitment to the development of talent both within and outside of the Company.
CASTING:
Choreographer: Fabian Reimair
Casting: Anjuli Hudson, Ken Saruhashi, Barry Drummond, Shevelle Dynott

Choreographer: James Streeter
Casting: Adela Ramirez and Juan Rodriguez

Choreographer: Stina Quagebeur
Casting: Crystal Costa and James Forbat

Choreographer: Max Westwell
Casting: Laurretta Summerscales, Isabelle Brouwers, Katja Khaniukova, Jinhao Zhang, Daniele Silingardi, Junor Souza

Choreographer: Renato Paroni de Castro
Casting: Désirée Ballantyne, Adriana Lizardi, Vitor Menezes, Guilherme Menezes

Choreographer: Morgann Runacre-Temple
Casting: Ksenia Ovsyanick and Daniel Kraus

To see the livestream, go to this link:
http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/choreographics-2015/

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Aurelie Dupont farewell to be screened in Waterloo, ON



Aurélie Dupont's last performance with Paris Opera Ballet, in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon with Roberto Bolle, will have its only Canadian screening outside Quebec at the Princess Cinemas in Waterloo at noon on Saturday June 20th.
http://www.princesscinemas.com/movie/lhistoire-de-manon

http://dai.ly/xpf9ea

L'HISTOIRE DE MANON by operadeparis 


 For screening dates and locations in Quebec, please see this post:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2015/04/aurelie-duponts-farewell-in-manon.html

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dances at a Gathering -Ganio and Pagliero

The Paris Opera Ballet's Mathieu Ganio and Ludmila Pagliero perform this beautiful pas de deux to music by Chopin from Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering.
 
https://youtu.be/H-Q8P2WW5i4



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Monday, May 4, 2015

Daniel Ulbricht, Eric Gauthier among highlights of St-Sauveur festival

The Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur in the charming resort town of Saint-Sauveur about an hour north of Montreal in the lovely Laurentians has announced an exciting 24th season. It kicks off with The Best of Rufus Wainwright on Wednesday, July 29, and has its official opening on Thursday, July 30. All performances noted below take place at Le Grand Chapiteau – the festival’s Big Top venue.

Wednesday, July 29 • The Best of Rufus Wainwright
Hailed by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright is among the most talented musicians of his generation. He performs a pre-opening concert in the Big Top.


Thursday, Friday, July 30 & 31 • Official Opening:
Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart
The toast of Europe, Gauthier Dance returns to Saint-Sauveur with a program that juxtaposes dance by European master choreographers alongside exciting new work. Founded in 2007 by Quebec native Eric Gauthier, and based in Germany, the company has won worldwide acclaim.
“Utterly original, spectacular and full of feeling,” says the Stuttgarter Nachrichten.


https://youtu.be/crCyLeENCFw


Saturday, August 1 • Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal & Tentacle Tribe
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, renowned for its sizzling performances, shares the stage with Tentacle Tribe, a company that pulsates with contemporary Hip-hop influences.


Sunday, August 2 • Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, one of the brightest stars of the classical music firmament, with his internationally celebrated orchestra.


Wednesday, August 5 • Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
The acclaimed troupe performs two hits: Looking for Elvis, choreographed by Laurence Lemieux to recordings of Presley songs and interviews; and The Man in Black, created by master choreographer James Kudelka, featuring the songs of Johnny Cash.


Thursday, August 6 • Stars of American Ballet
Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet with other star dancers from the New York City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet perform a thrilling program of dance by Balanchine and other American masters.

https://youtu.be/0FIjXfht9ZE
 

Friday, Saturday, August 7 & 8 • Les Étoiles Internationales de Ballet
For the fourth edition of the FASS gala, a dazzling line up of international artists in two evenings of spectacular solos and pas de deux. Featured performers include stars from the New York City Ballet and National Ballet of Canada; Bryan Arias from the Kidd Pivot Company; acclaimed independent artists Ana-Maria Lucaciu and Andrea Schermoly, and other surprise guests.

A program of free shows will be presented on the Desjardins Stage, featuring everything from flamenco and klezmer to dance-improv! Sunday, August 2, is Tohu-Bohu Family Day, featuring a program of activities for young festival-goers: dance, music, circus, free workshops and more.


Tickets can be bought online at www.fass.ca – or by phone at 1-866-908-9090
For more information: www.fass.ca


For more about Saint-Sauveur, see this post:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/08/festival-des-arts-de-saint-sauveur.html

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

April Tours en l'air Newsletter

Katherine Barber

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15 April 2015

Dear Balletomane,




I have negotiated an extension on the ticket deadline with Paris Opera Ballet, so this trip will now be booking in September. Over 30 people have already asked to be on the priority mailing list when the trip is launched, and I only have room for 19 on the trip! So if you want to be among those who have first dibs, let me know now. For preliminary info on the trip, please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2015/03/paris-amsterdam-ballet-trip-april-2016.html



Potential New Trips

Please let me know if you might be interested in any of the following. At this point I am just establishing where people's interests and availabilities lie, not asking for a commitment



Berlin and Dresden

The group who recently went to Vienna and Prague were most impressed by Dresden's company (which is currently viewed as a hot ticket amongst ballet cognoscenti), delighted to meet its charming and eloquent Canadian artistic director, and also were wowed by the city's spectacular opera house and other fine architecture.

April 13 – 20, 2016 (you can add this on to the Paris-Amsterdam trip if you like)
Staatsballett Berlin
Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Giselle
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Sleeping Beauty




London

Early December 2015
Royal Ballet
Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan)
Monotones I and II, Two Pigeons (both Ashton)

Nutcracker (Wright after Ivanov)
If you've never seen Two Pigeons, well, you just should:




Florida: West Palm Beach and Sarasota

29 January – 2 February 2016

Miami City Ballet

La Source (Balanchine), Barber Violin Concerto (Martins), In the Upper Room (Tharp)
Sarasota Ballet

Emeralds (Balanchine), new Graziano, TBA




Fodor's travel guides have compiled this list. You can check several of them off your travel bucket list with a Tours en l'air ballet holiday.
http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/worlds-20-most-amazing-opera-houses#!1-intro
(But they should have included Dresden).



Starring Canadian Matthew Golding and international superstar Natalia Osipova on Tuesday 21 April at 630 pm.  This performance was recorded live at the Royal Opera House on March 17, 2015.
For other broadcast locations in Canada and the US, see this post:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2015/03/golding-osipova-swan-lake-broadcasts.html
A DVD will also be available in due course.

When dancing is illegal...

Set in Iran, where dance is illegal, Desert Dancer tells the story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) who risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. Now playing in theatres across North America (in Toronto exclusively at the Cineplex Yonge and Dundas.
http://youtu.be/MZC3er0RuVw


American Ballet Theatre 75th Anniversary Celebrations


ABT will be streamed live on April 19 and 20 in a three-part retrospective that looks back over the company’s 75-year history. Each broadcast includes live performance and discussion.
Part 1: 1940-1965 - Sun, Apr 19, 3 pm EDT
Part 2: 1965-1990 - Sun, Apr 19, 7:30 pm EDT
Part 3: 1990-2015 - Mon, Apr, 20, 7:30 pm EDT




American Masters: American Ballet Theatre will have its national broadcast premiere on Friday, May 15 at 9:00 P.M. on PBS (check local listings).

Videos!




In this moving piece, retiring Paris Opera Ballet dancer Véronique Doisneau looks back on the joys and sorrows of her career. It's definitely worth watching the whole thing: if you click on the first video it will lead automatically to the subsequent ones, but if you're short on time, make sure you watch the third one, which will give you new insights into what it means to be "human decoration" in the corps.
https://youtu.be/OIuWY5PInFs




Some nice clips from Houston Ballet's recent performances:
https://youtu.be/6wAlOSfQUHk





From English National Ballet:

trailer for their “Emerging Dancer” Competition




Oo!!! I was very excited to meet Alban Lendorf of the Royal Danish Ballet at the Erik Bruhn Competition. Here's why it's exciting to meet Alban Lendorf: https://youtu.be/lKViCPWrE6w





Katherine Barber

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