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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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Le Petit Prince casting

 

The National Ballet of Canada presents the world premiere of Le Petit Prince starting June 4 at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. Choreography by Guillaume Côté, original score by composer Kevin Lau, sets and costumes by designer Michael Levine, lighting by David Finn and video designs by Finn Ross.




Le Petit Prince/
The Little Prince
L’Aviateur/The Aviator
La Rose/
The Rose
Le Serpent/
The Snake
Le Renard/
The Fox
Saturday June 4 @ 730 pm
Dylan Tedaldi
Harrison James
Tanya Howard
Xiao Nan Yu
Sonia Rodriguez
Sunday June 5 @ 2 pm
Félix Paquet
McGee Maddox
Heather Ogden
Svetlana Lunkina
Rui Huang
Wednesday June 8 @ 730 pm
Dylan Tedaldi
Harrison James
Tanya Howard
Xiao Nan Yu
Sonia Rodriguez
Thursday June 9 @ 2 pm
Skylar Campbell
Piotr Stanczyk
Kathryn Hosier
Tina Pereira
Jurgita Dronina
Thursday June 9 @ 730 pm
Dylan Tedaldi
Harrison James
Tanya Howard
Xiao Nan Yu
Sonia Rodriguez
Friday June 10 @ 730 pm
Félix Paquet
McGee Maddox
Heather Ogden
Svetlana Lunkina
Rui Huang
Saturday June 11 @ 2 pm
Skylar Campbell
Piotr Stanczyk
Kathryn Hosier
Tina Pereira
Jurgita Dronina
Saturday June 11 @ 730 pm
Dylan Tedaldi
Harrison James
Tanya Howard
Xiao Nan Yu
Sonia Rodriguez
Sunday June 12 @ 2 pm
Félix Paquet
McGee Maddox
Heather Ogden
Svetlana Lunkina
Rui Huang

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paris and The Netherlands in Tulip Time 2017 – RESPONSE REQUESTED


Last year this trip sold out to 25 people on the priority mailing list on the day the brochure was released in August. If you are at all interested in the 2017 trip, even tentatively, you need to be on the priority list. Send me an email at toursenlair@gmail.com.

This is not a commitment. A visit to the amazing spring garden at Keukenhof and to Monet's house at Giverny would be included. You can always add on extra time in either city yourself if you wish.

April 30 – May 8
Paris and Amsterdam (stop at Ghent on the way between the two cities)

Paris Opera Ballet: In G (Robbins), La Valse (Balanchine), Bolero (Cherkaoui)
Optional performance of Walkaround Time (Cunningham), Trio, Workwithinwork (both Forsythe)
Dutch National Ballet: All Balanchine: Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations
Dutch National Ballet Junior Company: Mixed Program

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Royal Ballet Giselle & Frankenstein at Bloor Cinema Toronto

 
The Royal Ballet: Giselle
Sun, May 29 3:00 PM Buy
Ballet on Screen: Exquisite productions of beloved ballets from The Royal Ballet.
The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.
Includes one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Run Time:135 min
Director(s):Peter Wright
Country:UK
Released:2016
Featuring:Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam revised by Joseph Horovitz

Scenario: Théophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Cast:Marianela Nuñez as Giselle

Vadim Muntagirov as Albrecht

Itziar Mendizabal as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis

The Royal Ballet: Frankenstein
Sat, Jun 25 12:30 PM Buy
 
The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has become known for ballets that marry highly expressive movement, sophisticated musical response and dark psychological depth. Now, he creates his first full-length work for the main stage with Frankenstein, a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic tale of morality and our craving for love, companionship and understanding.
Includes one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

The Bloor Cinema is located at 506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst, Toronto   416.637.3123.
  
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Friday, May 20, 2016

National Ballet Giselle casting announced June 2016

 subject to change. All performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, Toronto.

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Giselle
Albrecht
Hilarion
Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis
Wednesday June 15 @ 730 pm
Svetlana Lunkina
Harrison James
Piotr Stanczyk
Heather Ogden
Thursday June 16 @ 2 pm
Jillian Vanstone
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Skylar Campbell
Hannah Fischer
Thursday June 16 @ 730 pm
Xiao Nan Yu
McGee Maddox
Jonathan Renna
Alexandra MacDonald
Friday June 17 @ 730 pm
Sonia Rodriguez
Harrison James
Piotr Stanczyk
Heather Ogden
Saturday June 18 @ 2 pm
Elena Lobsanova
Naoya Ebe
Skylar Campbell
Hannah Fischer
Saturday June 18 @ 730 pm
Svetlana Lunkina
Evan McKie
Piotr Stanczyk
Heather Ogden
Sunday June 19 @ 2 pm
Jurgita Dronina
Harrison James
Jonathan Renna
Alexandra MacDonald

Royal Ballet in Cinema 2016-17

The Royal Ballet has announced its 2016-17 season.  Dates listed are for cinema broadcasts in the UK. Dates for Canada and the US have not yet been announced. For Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/04/bolshoi-ballet-cinema-broadcasts-2016-17.html
Tours en l'air is looking at a trip to London in October 2016 to see the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. If you're interested please email me at toursenlair@gmail.com


Anastasia

2 November 2016
Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution.

The Nutcracker

8 December 2016
The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Woolf Works

8 February 2017
The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.

The Sleeping Beauty

28 February 2017
Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells.

Jewels

11 April 2017
Now celebrating its 50th year, George Balanchine’s sparkling ballet still shines with all the brilliance of the gemstones that inspired it.

The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

7 June 2017
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My fave ballet videos from March and April

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Great time-lapse video on the making of a tutu, from Royal Swedish Ballet. 17 hours in 4 minutes!
https://youtu.be/fIlot_yc8xQ

If you like Russian ballerinas performing 19th-century classical ballet, this one's for you (38 minutes)

Birmingham Royal Ballet ballerinas trade their pointe shoes for wellies:

Cincinnati Ballet's latest recruit:

One of the highlights of our Paris trip (yes, it's Mathieu Ganio):

Lovely trailer from Spain's national ballet company for Jerome Robbins' In the Night:

A fab Paris Opera Ballet Myriam Ould-Braham & Mathias Heymann in Sleeping Beauty grand Pas de Deux

More POB: Emmanuel Thibault in the Giselle peasant pas de deux first variation:

Wig making at Dutch National Ballet: we were fortunate to be given a tour by the head of the department and learned some interesting trivia: the most expensive colour of hair is... grey!

The Mariinsky's Evgenia Obraztsova and Vladimir Shklyarov (who is moving to the Bayerische Staatsballett in Munich this fall) in Ondine

English National Ballet emerging dancer award:

The divine Ulyana Lopatkina of the Mariinsky in the Russian Dance from Swan Lake:

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ballet in Cinema - Royal Ballet Frankenstein

The Royal Ballet
Frankenstein (Scarlett)
Sunday, May 22, 2016 , 1255 pm
The Royal Opera House site is not always reliable so please check with the listed cinemas.
Ontario:
Cineplex Cinemas Yonge Dundas
SilverCity Yonge Eglinton
Cineplex Cinemas Queensway
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough Town Centre
Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
SilverCity Newmarket
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood
Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
Cinemas 12 IMAX Kitchener
Cineplex Odeon Westmount, London
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall, Windsor
Silvercity Thunder Bay

Galaxy Belleville

Cineplex Odeon Gardiner's Road, Kingston

Landmark 24 Kanata

Cineplex Odeon South Keys, Ottawa

SilverCity Gloucester

Landmark Cinemas 10 Orléans


Quebec:

Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin Montreal

Cineplex Odeon Brossard


Western Canada:
SilverCity Polo Park, Winnipeg
Cinemas 16 IMAX Country Hills Calgary

For more locations in Canada, click here: http://www.roh.org.uk/search/screenings?location=&showing=5120
enter Toronto as your location then zoom out. Click on the titles of the ballets to bring up the locations.  

The Loft Cinema, Cobourg, has two upcoming ballets:
Giselle Saturday 21 May 2016
Frankenstein Saturday 25 June 2016


Several cinemas in the US will be showing The Sleeping Beauty in June and a few will be showing Giselle in May. Please click here for locations, enter “New York” as your location, then zoom out. Click on the titles of the ballets to bring up the locations.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Possible Fall trips LONDON and NEW YORK – RESPONSE NEEDED

<p><em>The Moor's Pavane: </em>Brandon Lawrence as The Moor, Iain Mackay as His Friend, Yijing Zhang as The Moor's Wife and Yvette Knight as His Friend's Wife</p>. Credit: Andrew Ross.
Birmingham Royal Ballet in Moor's Pavane

Possible Fall trips LONDON and NEW YORK – RESPONSE NEEDED

I keep getting requests for ballet trips to London and New York, and the following are both possible this fall but I need to know now if there is interest, as I would have to shuffle my fall teaching schedule. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP (toursenlair@gmail.com) IF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED. This is not a commitment; it is just a way for me to gauge if there is enough interest for me to pursue these further.
 

Friday October 7 – Friday October 14 (8 days, 5 performances)

includes Canadian Thanksgiving

London

Royal Ballet

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)

Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Moor's Pavane (Limon), Shakespeare Suite (Bintley), Wink (Jessica Lang)

The Tempest (Bintley)

Northern Ballet

Romeo and Juliet (Maillot)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Exodus, Four Corners, Revelations (Ailey), After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon)
This would also include a visit to Jane Austen's house. My current rough estimate for this is about $3500 Cdn per person double occupancy,
not including airfare (currently about $1000 Cdn from Toronto)



Friday October 14 – Saturday October 16 (3 days, 3 performances)

New York

New York City Ballet

New Lovette, New Lopez Ochoa, New Walker, New Peck, Everywhere We Go (Peck)

Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Firebird (Balanchine)

Glass Pieces (Robbins), Thou Swell (Martins), Stars and Stripes (Balanchine)

My current rough estimate for this is $1700 Cdn per person double occupancy, not including airfare (currently starting at $326 from Toronto, but with significant variations depending on time of flights)

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Quebec) – RESPONSE NEEDED

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Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Quebec)
The program has been announced, and Tours en l'air is looking at a trip to support Guillaume Côté. Please let me know ASAP (toursenlair@gmail.com) if you would be interested in either of the hotel options below. This is not a commitment; it is just a way for me to gauge if there is enough interest for me to pursue this further. 
 
Wednesday August 10 - Saturday August 13, 2 performances (plus one optional)

Guillaume Côté and dancers of the National Ballet of Canada:

The Story of us (Marcelo Gomes, World Premiere, with Heather Ogden) 
Venom (Côté) 
The Sleeping Beauty prince's solo  
Dance me to the end of love (Côté)

Solos and pas de deux from the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoires:

    • Guillaume Côté – National Ballet of  Canada
    • Heather Ogden – National Ballet of  Canada
    • Misty Copeland – American Ballet Theatre
    • Blaine Hoven - American Ballet Theatre
    • Nehemiah Kish – The Royal Ballet
    • Yuhui Choe – The Royal Ballet
    • Anne Plamondon - Independent artist
    • more dancers TBA

Optional performance:

Louise Lecavalier and Frédéric Tavernini in So Blue.

I am looking at the following package:
Coach transport from Toronto to Saint-Sauveur including shuttle between hotel and performance venue

Lunch on the way to Saint-Sauveur and back

1 dinner in Saint-Sauveur

3 nights hotel

Ballet tickets

Day trip into Montreal from Saint-Sauveur

My current estimate for this trip is:
$1650 per person double occupancy, $225 in addition for guaranteed single occupancy – 4-star hotel, not including breakfast

The package price could be reduced by about $300 (and would include breakfast) if we stay at a 3-star hotel, but this hotel has

 no elevator
 a walk up a short but very steep hill to the entrance from the street (access is level from where the bus would drop us off)



For a description of the Saint-Sauveur experience, please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/08/festival-des-arts-de-saint-sauveur.html

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