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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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A trip to Tuscany with Tours en l'air

National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté & Zdenek Konvalina are co-choreographing a new ballet, Impermanence, for the prestigious Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival in Florence. Both will be performing in the piece, which is set to music composed by Guillaume, and has designs by Zdenek. The world premiere is on May 18th, and you can be part of it and support two of our most popular dancers. Tours en l'air is teaming up with A Perfect Tour, which has over ten years of experience organizing tours in Tuscany, to offer a week (May 15 – 22) in a Tuscan villa, with escorted visits to Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, the Chianti countryside, and Cinque Terre on Italy's riviera on the Ligurian coast. Highlights include tours of Tuscan estates producing olive oil and wines, along with a traditional Tuscan cooking class. A performance of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio is also a possibility. Numbers are limited, so if this trip appeals to you, please let us know now and we will get back to you as soon as the package price and brochure are finalized.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ivan Vasiliev

Another Tours en l'air hot tip!
A group of us just went to Washington to see the Bolshoi and were privileged to see their amazing young talent (just turned 21), Ivan Vasiliev, in the title role of Spartacus. You have never seen anyone jump like this! There are several clips of him on YouTube. Just type "Ivan Vasiliev" into the search and they will come up, including some from Spartacus. But make sure you check out the Golden Idol from Bayadere as well (plus Don Quixote and all the others!).
Enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dress rehearsal at Pacific Northwest Ballet

An entertaining tale from a Facebook post by PNB corps de ballet dancer Jessika Anspach, about their recent dress rehearsal for Sleeping Beauty:

And the rehearsal was pretty rough. Not only did we struggle with orchestra tempos, but there were costume malfunctions, and special effect flubs. Well that's what dress rehearsals are for - ironing out the creases, which we most certainly did. And just as we were about to be dismissed can you guess what happened? The McCaw Hall fire alarm went off... and this was NOT a drill.

So we all, clad in our costumes of tutus, pantaloons and gold heels - the men's attire, wigs and stage makeup, marched outside to wait on the sidewalk of Mercer Street in the cold, wet weather. Olivier Wevers, dressed as Carabosse the evil fairy, began to wave at the cars that slowly drove past us. It was quite a sight to see! We looked like a freak show - or at least that was the message conveyed by the baffled and slightly horrified expressions of those people who witnessed this spectacle.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ballet in London in April

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays is organizing an April trip to London for ballet lovers. Includes great seats to see the Royal Ballet in Ashton's Cinderella and La Fille mal Gardee and an all-MacMillan
program, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty, and Mark Morris Dance Group, plus other ballet treats! Signup deadline is February 10th! For info, contact toursenlair@cwtvictortravel.ca