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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Thursday, November 16, 2017

San Francisco Ballet New Works Festival Now Booking

 Photo by Umer Sayyam on Unsplash



Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
Presented in partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647



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Unbound” New Works Ballet Festival in

San Francisco





April 26 - 30, 2018

5 days, 4 nights, 5 performances



San Francisco Ballet

Festival of New Works

12 new works by: David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Justin Peck,

Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre,

Arthur Pita, Yuri Possokhov,

Dwight Rhoden, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon

Smuin Ballet

Falling Up (Seiwert), New Caniparoli,

Oasis (Pickett)



REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE NOVEMBER 28, 2017



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20


Thursday April 26

Arrive San Francisco. Check into the 4-star Parc 55 Hilton near Union Square. Three-course welcome dinner before pre-performance chat by Smuin Ballet Artistic Director Celia Fushille and a mixed program Falling Up (Seiwert), New Caniparoli, Oasis (Pickett)



Friday April 27

Day at leisure. Suggested activity: book an excursion to visit the magnificent redwoods of Muir Woods and the charming village of Sausalito.

Evening: 3-course dinner before performance of San Francisco Ballet in “Unbound” Program C.



Saturday April 28

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: performance of San Francisco Ballet in “Unbound” Program D. Evening: performance of San Francisco Ballet in “Unbound” Program A.



Sunday April 29

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: performance of San Francisco Ballet in “Unbound” Program B. Evening: Three-course farewell dinner.

Monday April 30

Morning: Check out of hotel and depart San Francisco.



Total package price

(land only, airfare in addition):

double occupancy:

CA$2700 per person

single supplement CA$850



REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE November 28, 2017



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20



TO BOOK

Call Lucy Nati at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010 x. 234

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



All prices valid till November 28, 2017

You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of these arrangements



Package includes:

Twin or double share accommodation in 4-star hotel

Premium tickets for 5 ballet performances

3 three-course dinners including one glass wine, mineral water, coffee or tea

Free wifi in hotel

Personally escorted by dance educator Katherine Barber

Ballet notes




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



For more information, contact Katherine Barber

email: toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496



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 help you with

flight arrangements.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This program is only 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 instalments, 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.



Non-refundable deposit of CA$1500 per person is required at time of booking, no later than 26 November 2017, to secure your space for this package





Single supplement & optional cancellation and medical insurance must also be paid at time of booking



Final payment due 12 March 2018



Total package price is fully non-refundable if you cancel. All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca)



If Your Booking is Changed by You: If you request a change to a booking more than 45 days prior to departure, it is subject to a $50 administration fee (including H.S.T.). A name correction, change of name or change of departure date requested within 45 days of departure makes the booking subject to full applicable cancellation charges as set out below. Once travel has commenced, no changes to the booking are permitted.



If You Cancel Your Booking: The following cancellation charges apply, as of the date on which we are informed of your cancellation (date of departure is excluded when calculating these cancellation charges):

More than 45 days: deposit of $1500 plus single supplement if applicable

0-44 days: 100% of total price

Cancellation charges include H.S.T. and are effective from the day we record your cancellation request. We reserve the right to re-sell any cancelled services, tickets, etc. without a refund to you.



If Your Booking is Changed by Us: This tour is prepared months in advance, and occasionally a part of it has to be modified or is not available. On occasion, even after your booking is confirmed, we may have to make changes to your requested arrangements. Most changes will be minor, however, we may need to make a major change prior to your departure. Major changes include:

  • change of departure or return by more than 24 hours;
  • change of accommodation and/or accommodation standard;
  • increase in your costs in excess of 7% (unless government imposed); and
  • change of route requiring additional traveller identification or documentation without sufficient time to obtain this documentation before departure

If we make a major change, we will advise you as soon as possible, and you may then:

a. accept the change as offered;
b.
select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
c.
cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit.

Sometimes the hotel reserved is not available due to unexpected maintenance or over-booking, and a substitute hotel of equal or greater quality will be provided. If the hotel standard is downgraded and you accept the change as offered, a refund for any difference in price will be issued. We reserve the right to change published prices without notice and/or to pass on government imposed taxes, transportation related fees or surcharges including those for fuel or currency fluctuations to you.



Force Majeure: We may not be able to refund you in full for some or all changes made because of war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, weather causing beach erosion, epidemics or health risks, technical or mechanical problems with transport, flight delays due to weather, government action, closed or congested airports or seaports, supplier insolvency and any events beyond our direct control.



Tour Escort: If the tour escort is unable to accompany the tour, she will be replaced and the tour will go ahead as scheduled.



It is Not the Same Away From Home: As Canadians, we enjoy a very high standard of living. In other parts of the world, uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, the local health conditions, levels of security and standards of food and drink differ from those we enjoy at home.



TRAVEL INSURANCE



IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that Manulife out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance be purchased. It is available through CWT Victor Travel. Payment of the premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.



You have the choice of purchasing Manulife Insurance from CWT Victor Travel. Alternatively, if you have your own coverage, we require proof of coverage from you stating the name of the insurer and the policy number as well as emergency contact number.



Non-medical Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Information regarding out-of-province medical & cancellation insurance is available through CWT Victor Travel.



Estimated cost on fully non-refundable land arrangements of CA$2700 based on a 50-year-old traveller is CA$339.12 including taxes. Price will vary based on age and state of health.



If you do not wish to purchase Travel Insurance, you must fill out and sign the Liability Release Form which we provide for you.










Thursday, November 2, 2017

Munich Ballet Week 2018 Draft Itinerary

DRAFT ITINERARY

In partnership with
CWT Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
416-736-6010
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
presents

Ballet Week” in Munich
15 - 23 April 2018
9 days, 8 nights
8 ballet performances

escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber

Sightseeing in beautiful Bavaria
and masterpieces by Cranko, Grigorovich, Wheeldon, and Neumeier in a ballet-filled week

Nationaltheater, Munich


Sunday 15 April
Arrive Munich. Check in to 3-star Domus Hotel,10 minutes walk from Nationaltheater. Evening:  OPTIONAL performance of Bavarian State Ballet: all Wayne McGregor evening

Monday 16 April
Morning: 2-hour private guided walking tour of the historic centre of Munich. Afternoon at leisure. Evening: dinner before: Bavarian State Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko)

Tuesday 17 April
Optional: train trip to the beautiful Bavarian Alps to visit Herrenchiemsee, one of “Mad” King Ludwig II's numerous castle-building projects.
Other suggested activities:
visit one of Munich's many renowned museums
stroll in the lovely English Garden
have some classic coffee and cake at a cafe
car lovers can visit the BMW museum
if you love to shop, visit the luxury outlet shopping village in Ingolstadt, 1 hour by train from Munich
Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)

Wednesday 18 April:
Visit to Nymphenburg palace with private guided tour. Afternoon at leisure. Private guided tour of the Nationaltheater, Munich's opera house. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Onegin (Cranko)

Thursday 19 April:
Day trip by train to Augsburg (50 minutes from Munich). 90-minute guided walking tour of Augsburg's Renaissance Old Town. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Neumeier)

Friday 20 April:
Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon)

Saturday 21 April:
Day trip by train to Nuremberg (1 hour from Munich). 2-hour guided walking tour of Nuremberg's Old Town. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Spartacus (Grigorovich)

Sunday 22 April:
Midday: Bavarian State Ballet School and Junior Company performance. Afternoon at leisure. Suggested activity: visit the adjacent palatial former residence of the Bavarian monarchy, with its jewel-like 18th-century theatre. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Anna Karenina (Spuck)

Monday 23 April
Check out of hotel and depart Munich.



BOOKING WILL OPEN EARLY DECEMBER
REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE
3 JANUARY 2018

For more information, or to be added to the priority notification list when this trip goes on sale, please email Katherine Barber at toursenlair@gmail.com



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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tracing The Steps: Celebrating the Ballets Russes & the Nijinskys

Tracing The Steps: Celebrating the Ballets Russes & The Nijinskys

Fundraiser for Toronto’s historic, not-for-profit Revue Cinema

Fri, 17 November 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

Tickets are $25 - $29;  click here  to order.  

A unique exploration of The Ballets Russes and two of its legendary dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky and his sister Bronislava, an enthralling visit to the world of the ‘dance greats’ who have imprinted their genius on our cultural history.

The Ballet Russes dance dompany revolutionized 20th-century performing arts, introduced modern dance to the world and continues to influence cultural activity today. The two Nijinsky siblings were brilliant artists central to the intriguing tale and incredible worldwide success of Ballets Russes. The evening will include:


  • Writer Eva Stachniak, author of this year's Best Seller The Chosen Maiden—inspired by Bronislava Nijinska’s unique voice--will talk about the Nijinskys and read from her novel.
  • Piotr Stanczyk, Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, will introduce the upcoming, breath-taking production of Nijinsky, choreographed by John Neumeier.
  • Feature Film - "Ballets Russes" an acclaimed documentary about the company, featuring interviews with many of the surviving dancers. The film will be shown on gorgeous 35mm!
  • Q&A and book signing after the film.
  • Raffle prizes including tickets to the dress rehearsal of Nijinsky from The National Ballet of Canada, tickets to The Nutcracker from The Pia Bouman School, books and more.
  • Licensed event. Doors Open at 6:30pm




The mastery of the Ballets Russes came from the partnership of dance, music and visual design. The company partnered with young dancers and choreographers such as the Nijinskys, and musicians and designers including Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Coco Chanel.

The Revue is proud to host this unique evening and artistic collaboration. It seemed fitting to trace the steps of the Ballets Russes and the Nijinskys' artistry as portrayed in the written word, dance and film.

The Book



The Chosen Maiden, which The Toronto Star calls “a tale of intrigue, love, betrayal and redemption set in the realm of art and artists, exploring the line between dedication and obsession, creation and madness” tells the story of Bronia Nijinska an extraordinary artist and a younger sister of the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky—one of the world’s greatest dancers of all times. Writer Eva Stachniak lives in Roncesvalles Village and is a master storyteller of historical fiction. Her first novel of Catherine the Great, The Winter Palace, was a #1 international bestseller.

The Dance



Piotr Stanczyk, Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada will introduce guests to Nijinsky, the ballet by John Neumeier performing at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, November 22—26, 2017.

“In addition to being one of contemporary choreography’s most important voices, John Neumeier is a world authority on the life and work of Vaslav Nijinsky. Who better, then, to create a work that delves into the mind and spirit of one of ballet’s—and, indeed, modern culture’s—most legendarily complex figures? Renowned for his unforgettable stage presence, his astonishing technique and his groundbreaking approach to choreographic expression, Nijinsky shattered for all time not just the prevailing notions and expectations of the male dancer, but the limitations that convention had imposed on the range of dramatic possibilities in dance itself.” National Ballet of Canada

The Film



Ballets Russes (2005) presented on 35mm.

The film is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet. 'Ballets Russes' begins with the company's Diaghilev eras -- when artists such as Nijinska, Balanchine, Picasso, Miro, Matisse and Stravinsky united in an unparalleled collaboration. The film then explores the company's halcyon days of the 1930s and '40s, when the Ballets Russes split into two rival groups and  toured America and the world, astonishing audiences schooled in vaudeville with artistry never before seen, The company's demise came in 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition and internal mismanagement ultimately brought the revered Ballets Russes to its knees.

“Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.” Andrew Sarris

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647




Monday, October 30, 2017

Reduced prices on National Ballet Winter's Tale

https://youtu.be/E165qA6JBRU


The National Ballet of Canada is offering front orchestra seats for its first performances of Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale at the bargain price of $65. These seats are in the side sections of the main floor and usually cost $160. There is good availability. Prices apply for the first three performances of the run,
Friday November 10 at 730 pm
Saturday November 11 at 730 pm
Sunday November 12 at 2 pm
$65 tickets at the back of the main floor are available for the remaining performances in the run.
To buy tickets, click here:
https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2017-18-Season/The-Winters-Tale
For casting, please click here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/10/national-ballet-of-canada-winters-tale.html

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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Canada All-Star Ballet Gala October 2017

For those of you who couldn't attend this gala (or would like to see it again!), I have decided to reconstitute as much of it as I can in videos (with different dancers from the ones we saw in Toronto). Enjoy!

Grand Pas Classique Choreography: Victor Gsovsky, Music Daniel Auber
https://youtu.be/M8XJJ6SStd0



Within the Golden Hour  Choreography Christopher Wheeldon, Music E. Bosso, Antonio Vivaldi
https://youtu.be/XavL43C3RH4


Replay Choreography Ted Brandsen, Music Philip Glass
https://youtu.be/tiorEkNtgjY


Mask Choreography Douglas Lee, Music Antonio Vivaldi
https://youtu.be/hKNs5B_VSKw


Carmen Choreography Roland Petit, Music Georges Bizet
https://youtu.be/7qczXNbZqZs


Thais Choreography Frederick Ashton, Music Jules Massenet
https://youtu.be/AIorPmgLnTc



Sagalobeli Choreography Yuri Possokhov, Music Georgian Folk Melodies
https://youtu.be/J1ekshQMR7A


Caravaggio (Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti, Music B. Moretti after Claudio Monteverdi)\

Caravaggio, de Mauro Bigonzetti, Ludmila Pagliero et Mathieu Ganio from Stage de Danse/Les Hivernales on Vimeo.


Penumbra  Choreography Remy Wortmeyer, Music Sergei Rachmaninov

https://youtu.be/d2dF_mDW1rg


Manon bedroom pas de deux Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Music Jules Massenet
https://youtu.be/KIlMullAk4U


Bells Choreography Yuri Possokhovm Music Sergei Rachmaninov
https://youtu.be/HtycOAOU1zU


Romeo and Juliet balcony scene Choreography Rudolf Nureyev, Music Sergei Prokofiev
https://youtu.be/0z8v6_ZE9cg


White Swan Choreography David Dawson, Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
https://youtu.be/2ZTevPpnnkI?t=14m14s



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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647