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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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sergei Polunin doc "Dancer" release dates


Dancer

From his earliest years, Ukrainian Sergei Polunin was destined to be one of the top ballet dancers of his generation. His family sacrificed much to further his career: his grandmother moved to Greece to be a caregiver, and his father went to Portugal for work. At 13, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London, necessitating a move from his home and family. At 19, he was named the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal; and at 25, he walked away from ballet, driven by pressure to the brink of self-destruction. 
Steven Cantor’s DANCER explores the reasons for this defection, and illustrates Polunin’s skills with clips from his groundbreaking performance set to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”, which had more than 14 million views on YouTube. The documentary features Polunin, his family and friends, and shows the effects that extraordinary fame can have on a person and the people who surround him.

https://youtu.be/u8ZNodT9kcM 

 

 [US RELEASE DATE]
SEPTEMBER 9 IN SELECT CINEMAS AND ON DEMAND SEPTEMBER 16
 
[CANADIAN DATES]

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Free ballet classes at National Ballet School October 2


Culture Days at Canada's National Ballet School
Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) and Culture Days offer a variety of FREE ballet classes for people of all ages taught by artistic faculty of the School. This year, Culture Days will be taking place at NBS on October 2, 2016. 

Canada's National Ballet School
400 Jarvis St
Toronto ON  M4Y 2G6
Canada

Tel: 416-964-3780
Toll-free: 1-800-387-0785
Fax: 416-964-5133

Google Map

The nearest TTC subway stations are Wellesley & College 


Free Ballet Classes Offered

 
Time Class Additional Information
11:00 to 12:00 Ballet (ages 6 to 8) no dance experience required
11:00 to 12:15 Ballet (ages 9 to 12) no dance experience required
11:00 to 12:15 Introduction to Adult Ballet (ages 18+)  no dance experience required
1:00 to 2:15  Master Class (ages 13+) ballet experience required
1:00 to 2:15 Introduction to Adult Ballet (ages 18+) no dance experience required

Register for a class today!
Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide, volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Learn more on Culture Days' website. 






If you love seeing beautiful places and things, and bingeing on ballet, please check out my other outstanding ballet trips by clicking here. Booking for the following trips is now open.

Bordeaux and Toulouse, July 2017 SIGNUP DEADLINE SEPT 20 (more info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html )

Paris and Amsterdam, May 2017 SIGNUP DEADLINE SEPT 10 (more info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/07/amsterdam-and-paris-ballet-trip-may-2017.html )

New York, October 2017  SIGNUP DEADLINE SEPT. 2 More info here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/new-york-ballet-trip-october-2016_25.html



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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER
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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tours en l'air August newsletter: 3 Trips now booking

Tours en l'air participants have had two great ballet experiences this summer: the all-you-can-eat ballet festival in Stuttgart (I admit I had a major fan-girly moment when I ran into Mathieu Ganio at the elevator in our hotel) and the ever-charming Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, where the group was thrilled to have Guillaume Coté drop in and chat at our pre-performance dinner and we all got to mingle with the dancers at a post-performance reception. Now it's time to look ahead!






In this newsletter:

Three Ballet trips NOW BOOKING:

October 2016 New York

May 2017 Paris-Amsterdam

July 2017 Toulouse-Bordeaux

Update on other 2017 trips

Canada's Isadora Duncan and Mata Hari

Vote for your favourites in Dance Magazine's People's Choice Awards

News for fans of Guillaume Coté and Heather Ogden

Videos


October 2016 New York Ballet Trip Booking Now. Signup deadline September 2

Please click here for info on this feast of Balanchine and Robbins masterpieces, plus exclusive backstage experiences and a wonderful Belle Epoque fashion exhibition: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/new-york-ballet-trip-october-2016_25.html


May 2017 Paris-Amsterdam Ballet Trip Booking Now. Signup Deadline September 10



July 2017 Toulouse-Bordeaux Ballet Trip Booking Now. Signup Deadline September 20

The “Wine, Food, History, Gardens, and Ballet” trip for the ballet-lover and non ballet-lover alike. http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/toulouse-bordeaux-ballet-trip-july-2017.html


Update on other 2017 trips

Be sure to let me know if you are interested in any of the following (no commitment required) as they are currently languishing for insufficient interest. I need 20 people expressing even a tentative interest, or I abandon the planning on a trip.


February 1 – 5 (4 days)

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet

Haffner Symphony (Tomasson), new Jiří Bubeníček, In the countenance of kings (Peck)

Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky), new Possokhov, Pas/parts 2016 (Forsythe)


February 24 – March 5 (10 days)

Berlin and Dresden (day trip to Leipzig)

Berlin State Ballet

Multiplicity (Duato)

Onegin (Cranko)

Castrati (Duato), Petite Mort (Kylian), Secus (Naharin)

Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Swan Lake

Leipzig Ballet

Van Gogh (Schroder)


May 20 - 30 (11 days)

Prague & Vienna (day trips to Dresden, Brno, and Bratislava)

Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Symphony in C (Balanchine), Forgotten Land (Kylian), Quintett (Forsythe)

Vienna State Ballet

Swan Lake (Nureyev) 

Firebird (Kaydanovskiy), Petrushka (Peci), Movements to Stravinsky (Lukacs)

Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno

Game Over (Svobodnik)

Ballet of the National Theatre of Slovakia

Giselle

BOOKING OCTOBER 2016


The following trip needs a few more expressions of interest:

March 8 - 12 (5 days)

Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale

Sarasota Ballet

Scènes de ballet, The Two Pigeons (both Ashton)

The Sarasota Ballet is internationally recognized as the top current ballet company for Ashton

Miami City Ballet

Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Balanchine), The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky), Polyphonia (Wheeldon)


The following trips have plenty of interest but I can't do anything about them until January, when the tickets are released for sale:


April 1 - 12 (12 days)

Zurich and Munich

Zurich Ballet Junior Company

Un Ballo (Kylian), new Favre, new TBA

Zurich Ballet

Swan Lake (reconstruction of the original Petipa version by Alexei Ratmansky)

Stanislavsky Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

Bavarian State Ballet

Spartacus (Grigorovich)

Symphony in C (Balanchine), Adam Is (Barton), In the Night (Robbins)

Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)

Bavarian State Ballet Junior Company: Mixed Program


May 11 - 19 (9 days)

London

An American in Paris (Wheeldon)

Royal Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Forsythe),Tarantella (Balanchine), Strapless (Wheeldon), New Scarlett

Northern Ballet

Casanova (Tindall)

plus possible other performances by Birmingham Royal Ballet and/or English National Ballet TBA


Canada's Isadora Duncan and Mata Hari

Canadian-born dancer Maud Allan’s story reads like a modern-day tabloid … filled with libel suits, murder and tempestuous love affairs. A provocative and charismatic dancer, Maud was renowned for her unique “dance interpretations” and her scandalous Salomé costume. Find out more about her at Dance Collection Danse in Toronto.



Vote for your favourites in Dance Magazine's People`s Choice Awards

The National Ballet of Canada`s Rob Binet has been nominated in the “Emerging Choreographer” category.



News for fans of Guillaume Coté and Heather Ogden

The National Ballet of Canada has announced that Guillaume and Heather are expecting their second child in January 2017. Another cutie, no doubt, to keep Emma Rose company!


Videos

The Royal Danish Ballet's Alban Lendorf in the Black Swan pas de deux:



The National Ballet of Canada's Jurgita Dronina in The Sleeping Beauty

One of the highlights of my summer was seeing Jurgita dance the grand pas de deux at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. Not to be missed! https://youtu.be/g4m9NHgmX4U


From Ballet Met (Columbus, Ohio)



Company B

I had fun this summer compiling a talk about ballets set to popular music (you can book me to give it, if you like). One of my faves is Paul Taylor's Company B. Here's American Ballet Theatre's Joseph Phillips (now dancing with the Vladivostok Mariinsky) as the Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B https://youtu.be/9xwyJSLh77A




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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647


Friday, August 26, 2016

Ballet Gala livestream from Barcelona

Two galas will be live streamed from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona this weekend over the following YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/AA2sA7kNIOg

Program August 27th, 2016, 8 pm European time (2 pm Eastern Time, 11 am Pacific Time)

Estimated Run Time with Intermission included: 2 hours and 30 minutes
FIRST PART
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour
Defilé
Choreography: Elias Garcia
Music: Anatole Liadov
Performed by: IPerformed by: IBStage Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Giselle (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli
Music: Adolphe Adam
Performed by: Ada Gonzalez and Xander Parish
Mashkovsky Waltz (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Vasilij Vainonen
Music: Maurice Moszkowski
Performed by: Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov
Dying Swan (Solo)
Choreography: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by: Iana Salenko
Something Different (Solo Tap)
Choreography: Steven McRae
Music: Tap Música
Performed by: Steven McRae
Black Cake (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Hans Van Manen
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Larisa Lezhnina and Juanjo Arques
Swan Lake "Black Swan" (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Iana Salenko and Steven McRae
Sleeping Beauty (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Lauren Cuthbertson and Xander Parish
Don Quixote (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Performed by: Tatiana Melnik and Daniil Simkin
Intermission 25 minutes
SECOND PART
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov
Le Corsaire (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus, Adolphe Adam
Performed by: Oksana Skorik and Andrey Ermakov
Paquita (Suite)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Adaptació i Posada en Escena: Elias Garcia, Xiomara Reyes, Rinat Imaev
Music: Edouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus
Performed by: Soloists and Corps du Ballet of IBStage

Program August 28, 2015, 530 pm European time, 1130 am Eastern Time, 830 am Pacific Time

Estimated Run Time with Intermission included: 2 hours and 30 minutes
FIRST PART
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour
Defilé
Choreography: Elias Garcia
Music: Anatoli Liadov
Performed by: IBStage Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Mashkovsky Waltz (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Vasilij Vainonen
Music: Maurice Moszkowski
Performed by: Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov
Dying Swan (Solo)
Choreography: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by: Iana Salenko
Something Different (Solo Tap)
Choreography: Steven McRae
Music: Tap Música
Performed by: Steven McRae
Black Cake (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Hans Van Manen
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Larisa Lezhnina and Juanjo Arques
Giselle (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Jules Perrot, Jean Coralli
Music: Adolphe Adam
Performed by: Ada Gonzalez and Xander Parish
Schéhérazade (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Rimsky - Korsakov
Performed by: Oksana Skorik and Andrey Ermakov
Swan Lake ”Black Swan” (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Iana Salenko and Steven McRae
Don Quixote (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Performed by: Tatiana Melnik and Daniil Simkin
SECOND PART
Estimated Run Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov
Le Corsaire (Pas de Deux)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus, Adolphe Adam
Performed by: Oksana Skorik and Andrey Ermakov
Paquita (Suite)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Adaptació i Posada en Escena: Elias Garcia, Xiomara Reyes, Rinat Imaev
Music: Edouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus
Performed by: Soloists and Corps du Ballet of IBStage

If you love seeing beautiful places and things, and bingeing on ballet, please check out my other outstanding ballet trips by clicking here.  Three trips are booking NOW: New York October 2016, Paris-Amsterdam May 2017, Toulouse-Bordeaux July 2017.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

New York Ballet Trip October 2016 SIGNUP BY SEPT 2

 For a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please click here

CWT 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



New York

13-16 October 2016

4 days, 3 nights

3 ballet performances



One of the world's greatest companies,

New York City Ballet,

performing their signature Balanchine and Robbins repertoire,

plus new creations

PLUS!

exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities



BALLET BUCKET LIST:

New York City Ballet performing Balanchine and Robbins

Dances at a Gathering and Glass Pieces

BOOKING OPENS 24 AUGUST



REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE:

2 SEPTEMBER 2016



TO BOOK:

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

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



Thursday 13 October

Arrive New York; check in to the 4-star Empire Hotel, immediately across the street from Lincoln Center. Evening: Suggested activity:

Fiddler on the Roof based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins



Friday 14 October


House of Worth, “Lily Dress” evening dress, black velvet with application of ivory silk in the form of lilies, embroidered with pearls and sequins, 1896



Morning: Private guided tour, led by a museum curator, of 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, Countess Greffuhle (1860-1952), one of Diaghilev's most influential patrons, at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum.

Afternoon at leisure. 630 pm: Meet a New York City Ballet dancer, who will give you a personal guided tour of the David H Koch theatre, NYCB's home. Pre-performance talk. 8pm: New York City Ballet: Jerome Robbins' masterpiece Dances at a Gathering, Firebird (Balanchine)


Saturday 15 October

Morning at leisure. 1230 pm: Meet a New York City Ballet Orchestra musician and learn more about the crucial role of the orchestra. Pre-performance talk. 2 pm: New York City Ballet: New Lovette, New Lopez Ochoa, New Walker, New Peck, Everywhere We Go (Peck). These new creations team leading young choreographers with internationally acclaimed fashion designers. Evening at leisure. Suggested activity: Cats starring New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin



Sunday 16 October

Morning at leisure. 1 pm: Tour of New York City Ballet's wardrobe department led by one of the wardrobe staff. Pre-performance talk. 3 pm: New York City Ballet: Glass Pieces (Robbins), Thou Swell (Martins) set to music by Gershwin, Balanchine's rousing and fun celebration of Americana, Stars and Stripes. Check out of hotel and depart New York.



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!



Total Package



double occupancy

CA$1999 per person



single occupancy

CA$2599



All prices valid till 2 September 2016



You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of any or all components of these travel arrangements



LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point,

on the dates and times you prefer,

Victor Travel's experienced agents

will be happy to assist you.



Basic package price includes:

3 nights twin share accommodation in the Empire Hotel

Free wifi in your room

Premium orchestra seats for 3 ballets

Visit to New York City Ballet wardrobe

Private guided tour of David H Koch Theater given by a New York City Ballet dancer

Meet a New York City Ballet Orchestra musician

Pre-performance talk before each show

Ballet Notes provided by tour leader

Private guided tour of the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum “Proust's Muse” exhibition



Not included:

Airfare

Activities listed as optional or suggested in this itinerary

Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Items of a personal nature,

e.g. phone calls

Cancellation insurance

Hospital/medical insurance



BOOKING OPENS 24 AUGUST




TO BOOK:

Call Lucy Nati at

CWT Victor Travel

(416) 736-6010 x. 234,

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



Terms and Conditions:

Payment in full of CA$1999 per person (double occupancy) or CA$2599 (single occupancy) is required at time of registration, no later than 2 September, to secure your space for this package**.

Optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca)

Manulife out-of-province health insurance (for Ontario residents holding an OHIP card) 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.

Added hotel nights are fully

non-refundable



Total package price is

fully non-refundable




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.







For more information:



phone: 416.693.4496



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