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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella Reviews & Synopsis

This co-production between Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet has just premiered in Amsterdam and will be opening in San Francisco in May.

Laura Cappelle, Financial Times:
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/bb4fd494-4841-11e2-a1c0-00144feab49a.html#axzz2FUOG3ves
"this Cinderella is modern ballet theatre at its most winningly charming, and could open the way for international collaborations on new, less familiar story ballets.
"

Translations of reviews in the Dutch press:
http://www.het-ballet.nl/en/background/reviews-cinderella/

An interview with Christopher Wheeldon:
http://faz-community.faz.net/blogs/tanz/archive/2012/12/15/christopher-wheeldon-why-cinderella-an-interview-following-a-premiere.aspx

For rehearsal videos and a photo gallery, click here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2012/11/rehearsal-videos-christophers-wheeldons.html

Synopsis
Act One
1 Garden Estate

Young Cinderella is playing outside with
her mother and father when suddenly her
mother is taken ill. In terrifying rapidity
her mother is taken from her and Four
Fates are left to watch over Cinderella,
who weeps over her mother’s grave. A
tree sprouts from her tears.
2 Royal Palace
The young Prince Guillaume and his
friend Benjamin, the valet’s son, dash
through the hallways of the palace causing
havoc, pursued by Madame Mansard,
the prince’s dancing mistress. Suddenly
King Albert and Queen Charlotte
appear, stiff and formal. The king is appalled
at Guillaume’s lack of discipline
but the queen is more forgiving. The boys
dash off again into the garden.
3 The Grave
Cinderella, older, brings flowers to her
mother’s grave. Two girls, Clementine
and Edwina, appear, followed by their
mother Hortensia, on the arm of Cinderella’s
Father. Cinderella realises that this
is to be her new family. Hortensia hands
Clementine a bouquet to present to Cinderella
who, horrified on behalf of her
dead mother, discards it. Her father insists
that she take the flowers, but Cinderella
hurls them at Hortensia’s feet.
Cinderella’s father will not tolerate this
behaviour. Fuelled by pride alone, Cinderella
assumes a subservient attitude
towards the women, thus sealing her own fate.
4 Royal Palace Gallery
King Albert attempts to explain to his
grown son the political connections to be
gained by marrying a titled princess.
Queen Charlotte writes invitations to an
upcoming ball where the prince will meet
these prospective brides. Guillaume is
quickly distracted by Benjamin who imitates
the many foreign princesses in the
portraits hanging on the walls. King Albert
becomes enraged at his son’s lack of
responsibility to his future kingdom.
Guillaume can’t believe his parents
would force him into a loveless marriage.
Albert insists the invitations be delivered
in person by the prince himself. Guillaume
and Benjamin hatch a plan to
trade places, pretending to be one another.
5 Cinderella’s Kitchen
Cinderella stoically serves her family
breakfast. The briefest sign of tenderness
towards Cinderella from her father is
frowned upon by Hortensia. Edwina follows
closely in her mother’s footsteps,
gaining favour from her. Clementine, the
sweeter stepsister, is bullied into following
suit. A poor beggar arrives at the
door seeking food and warmth. Taking
pity, Cinderella brings him into the kitchen,
but Hortensia, horrified, casts him
out again. ‘The Prince’ (Benjamin) appears
at the door. He has discovered a
poor beggar outside and insists that
Hortensia offer him food and a bit of
warmth. Hortensia feigns concern and
orders Cinderella to help the beggar. ‘The
Prince’ has come to deliver invitations to
a ball where he shall choose his bride.
Left alone with Cinderella, the beggar
(Prince Guillaume in disguise) sees true
kindness in this girl. The two pretend to
be at the ball, laughing and dancing.

6 The Night of the Ball
Cinderella is cleaning the kitchen when
the rest of her family appears, dressed for
the ball. There was an invitation for Cinderella,
but Hortensia throws it into the
fire, and off her family goes to the palace
without Cinderella. The Fates, who have
continued to watch over Cinderella, present
her with her reconstituted invitation
and lead her to her mother’s grave.
7 The Grave
From the tree, spirits of Lightness, Fluidity,
Generosity and Mystery appear to
teach Cinderella the steps she will need
for the ball. Embraced by the branches,
Cinderella is transformed and the Fates
send her on her way, cryptically warning
her to keep an eye on the time.
Act Two
1 The Palace Ballroom

The Ball is underway when Cinderella’s
family arrives. The king and queen witness
the rather tipsy arrival of Prince
Guillaume and Benjamin, neither in correct
attire for such a formal occasion.
Cinderella’s stepsisters still believe Benjamin
to be the prince, giving the two
young men another chance for deception.
Guillaume finds he is uninterested in any
of the eligible ladies, stepsisters included.
A magical atmosphere fills the ballroom
as a mysterious masked girl arrives. Guillaume
is immediately drawn to her. Cinderella,
recognising Guillaume as the urchin,
turns to flee, but is gently guided
back to him by the Fates. The couple
waltz together. Seeing the interest the
prince shows in this mysterious beauty,
Hortensia takes to the bottle, humiliating
herself. Benjamin dances with Clementine,
whom he likes. Guillaume and Cinderella
dance, falling deeper in love.

When Hortensia rips off Cinderella’s
mask, it is time for her to flee. In the chaos
caused by her sudden departure, she
leaves behind one golden shoe. Guillaume
vows to marry her.

Act Three
1 In the Kingdom

Benjamin and Guillaume search for Cinderella,
trying the shoe on every female
foot they can find.
2 Cinderella’s Kitchen
Cinderella awakens, and with the help of
the Fates, remembers her astonishing
night at the palace. Hiding the other
golden shoe on the mantelpiece, she resigns
herself to her daily chores. Clementine
tells Cinderella of the boy she met,
and then Edwina turns suspicious when
she spies Cinderella dancing steps from
the ball. Hortensia viciously attacks Cinderella,
and father must step in. Unannounced,
Benjamin and Guillaume arrive,
exhausted from trying the shoe on
so many feet. When the shoe does not fit
either of the stepsisters, Hortensia
throws it into the fire. Cinderella comes
forward with the matching shoe. Prince
Guillaume has found his princess. Cinderella
and her prince leave the family
behind. All is not lost for Clementine,
however, as Benjamin returns to take her
with him. And a royal wedding is held.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Video: Guillaume Cote in Jerome Robbins' "Something's Coming" from West Side Story

Inspired by "West Side Story", Something's Coming! pairs Canada's charismatic Superstars the National Ballet's Guillaume Côté and Stratford Festival's Paul Nolan
Director: Veronica Tennant
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Ballet Master: Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Dancer: Guillaume Côté
Singer: Paul Nolan
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim




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Walking tour: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum has created a fascinating walking tour of the Covent Garden area highlighting spots that were significant to the Ballets Russes:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=217034795723938547597.00048d8b8c9bfe44f94fe&source=embed&t=m&ll=51.511894,-0.125785&spn=0.009348,0.027466&z=15

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Royal Ballet Nutcracker webstream

A performance recorded live in 2009 is being webstreamed free by The Guardian newspaper for the next 7 days.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/video/2012/dec/19/royal-ballet-live-nutcracker-one-video?intcmp=ILCMUSTXT9383

Miyako Yoshida (the Sugar Plum Fairy)
Steven McRae (the Prince)
Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer)
Iohna Loots (Clara)
Ricardo Cervera (Hans Peter / The Nutcracker)
Artists of the Royal Ballet
Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

Backstage at the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker

Backstage video of the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker, with Etienne Lavigne, Tina Pereira, Jonathan Renna, Noah Long, Gabriele Frola, Stephanie Hutchison (among others), many children, and an army of backstage crew:



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wendy Whelan & ABT Dancers at Guggenheim Works&Process

The spring lineup has been announced. Ballet events are:

Wendy Whelan
Restless Creature
Sun and Mon, Apr 14 and 15, 7:30 pm

Hailed by the New York Times as “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina,” Wendy Whelan performs a Shen Wei solo; a duet with New York City Ballet’s Robbie Fairchild choreographed by Joshua Beamish; and excerpts from Restless Creature, featuring four new duets by Beamish, Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo, prior to its premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff moderates a discussion with Whelan and the four choreographers.

American Ballet Theatre
The Versatile Dancer
Sun and Mon, Apr 21 and 22, 7:30 pm

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) was founded on the principle that its dancers must be as versatile as the repertory is diverse. Join ABT artistic staff and dancers for an evening moderated by John Meehan, Professor of Dance at Vassar College, answering the question: “What makes an ABT dancer?”

LOCATION
Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway – 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street
Bus – M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue
TICKETS
$35/$30 Members, unless otherwise noted
$10 Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows
(for students under 25 with valid ID)
Season tickets on sale January 7. Specific seats may be reserved when ordered online.
212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Royal Ballet Bayadere casting April May 2013




Nikiya
Solor
Gamzatti
April



Fri 5 @ 730
Alina Cojocaru
Federico Bonelli
Marianela Nuñez
Tues 9 @ 730
Lauren Cuthbertson
Nehemiah Kish
Yuhui Choe
Fri. 12 @ 730
Roberta Marquez
Steven McRae
Laura Morera
Sat 20 @ 1230
Alina Cojocaru
Federico Bonelli
Marianela Nuñez
Sat 27 @ 1230
Lauren Cuthbertson
Nehemiah Kish
Yuhui Choe
May



Wed. 1 @ 730
Zenaida Yanowsky
Matthew Golding
Itziar Mendizabal
Thurs 2 @ 730
Sarah Lamb
Thiago Soares
Claire Calvert
Mon 6 @ 130
Sarah Lamb
Thiago Soares
Claire Calvert
Mon 6 @ 730
Roberta Marquez
Steven McRae
Laura Morera
Mon 13 @ 730
Zenaida Yanowsky
Matthew Golding
Itziar Mendizabal
Tues 14 @ 730
Marianela Nuñez
Carlos Acosta
Hikaru Kobayashi
Wed 22 @ 730
Marianela Nuñez
Carlos Acosta
Hikaru Kobayashi

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Royal Ballet Mayerling casting April-June 2013





Mary Vetsera
Crown Prince Rudolf
Countess Larisch
Empress Elisabeth
Princess Stephanie
April





FRI. 19 @ 730
Mara Galeazzi
Edward Watson
Sarah Lamb
Zenaida Yanowsky
Iohna Loots
THURS 25 @ 730
Alina Cojocaru
Johan Kobborg
Hikaru Kobayashi
Kristen McNally
Emma Maguire
TUES 30 @ 730
Alina Cojocaru
Johan Kobborg
Hikaru Kobayashi
Kristen McNally
Emma Maguire
May





FRI 3 @ 730
Melissa Hamilton
Rupert Pennefather
Itziar Mendizabal
Tara-Brigite Bhavnani
Elizabeth Harrod
THURS 30 @ 730
Leanne Benjamin
Carlos Acosta
Laura Morera
Zenaida Yanowsky
Meaghan Grace Hinkis
June





Sat. 1 @ 130
Lauren Cuthbertson
Thiago Soares
Marianela Nuñez
Deirdre Chapman
Yuhui Choe
Sat. 1 @ 700
Mara Galeazzi
Edward Watson
Sarah Lamb
Christina Arestis
Iohna Loots
Wed 5 @ 730
Alina Cojocaru
Johan Kobborg
Hikaru Kobayashi
Kristen McNally
Emma Maguire
Thurs 6 @ 730
Leanne Benjamin
Carlos Acosta
Laura Morera
Zenaida Yanowsky
Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Mon 10 @ 730
Melissa Hamilton
Rupert Pennefather
Itziar Mendizabal
Tara-Brigite Bhavnani
Elizabeth Harrod
Wed 12 @ 730
Lauren Cuthbertson
Thiago Soares
Marianela Nuñez
Deirdre Chapman
Yuhui Choe
Thurs 13 @ 730
Mara Galeazzi
Edward Watson
Sarah Lamb
Christina Arestis
Iohna Loots
Sat 15 @ 700
Leanne Benjamin
Carlos Acosta
Laura Morera
Zenaida Yanowsky
Meaghan Grace Hinkis



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Video: Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain)

Jose Carlos Martinez, former Paris Opera Ballet etoile, presents a mixed program with a ballet choreographed by him and another by Ben Stevenson, both illustrating the more classical direction taken by the CND since Martinez took over from Nacho Duato. Mostly in Spanish, but with lots of visuals. Interviews with Rebecca Anne Connor and Anthony Pina from Boston.

Los nuevos clásicos de la CND from CND on Vimeo.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Video: 7 Days with the Bavarian State Ballet

A journalist goes behind the scenes for a week with the Munich company to find out what life is like for dancers. Mostly in German, but with lots of visuals, notably from La Fille mal Gardée, Swan Lake, and Jerome Robbins' Goldberg Variations. "Being a swan," she learns, "is damned hard!" Also interesting insights into partnering plus a discussion of dancebelts!

http://www.n-joy.de/leben/siebentage485.html


Also a slideshow here:
http://www.n-joy.de/leben/siebentage485.html

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ballet elitist? Nonsense!

A great article from Luke Jennings touching on why children should be exposed to ballet:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/dec/09/sleeping-beauty-english-national-ballet

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

National Ballet of Canada Nutcracker casting



Sugar Plum Fairy  Peter/ The Nutcracker   Snow Queen and her Icicles  Baba, Marie and Misha’s Nurse  Uncle Nikolai  
December









Wed. 19 @ 7 Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu, McGee Maddox, Brendan Saye Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jiří Jelinek
Thurs. 20 @ 7 Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Stacey Shiori Minagawa, Keiichi Hirano, Naoya Ebe Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Fri. 21 @ 7 Greta Hodgkinson Etienne Lavigne Elena Lobsanova, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Lise-Marie Jourdain Kevin D. Bowles
Sat. 22 @ 2 Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu, McGee Maddox, Brendan Saye Krista Dowson Jiří Jelinek
Sat. 22 @ 7 Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Stacey Shiori Minagawa, Keiichi Hirano, Naoya Ebe Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Sun. 23 @ 1 Greta Hodgkinson Etienne Lavigne Elena Lobsanova, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Lise-Marie Jourdain Kevin D. Bowles
Sun. 23 @ 530 Heather Ogden Heather Ogden Xiao Nan Yu, McGee Maddox, Brendan Saye Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Thurs. 27 @ 1 Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Stephanie Hutchison, Etienne Lavigne, Patrick Lavoie Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Thurs. 27 @ 530 Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Stephanie Hutchison, Etienne Lavigne, Patrick Lavoie Krista Dowson Jiří Jelinek
Fri. 28 @ 1 Jillian Vanstone Piotr Stanczyk Xiao Nan Yu, McGee Maddox, Brendan Saye Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Sat. 29 @ 1 Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Stephanie Hutchison, Etienne Lavigne, Patrick Lavoie Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Sat. 29 @ 530 Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Alexandra MacDonald, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Krista Dowson Jiří Jelinek
Sun. 30 @ 1 Stacey Shiori Minagawa Etienne Lavigne Jenna Savella, Giorgio Galli, Patrick Lavoie Lise-Marie Jourdain Kevin D. Bowles
Sun. 30 @ 530 Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Alexandra MacDonald, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Krista Dowson Jiří Jelinek
January









Wed. 2 @ 1 Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Alexandra MacDonald, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Wed. 2 @ 530 Jillian Vanstone Piotr Stanczyk Jenna Savella, Giorgio Galli, Patrick Lavoie Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Thurs. 3 @ 1 Stacey Shiori Minagawa Etienne Lavigne Jenna Savella, Giorgio Galli, Patrick Lavoie Lise-Marie Jourdain Kevin D. Bowles
Fri. 4 @ 1 Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Alexandra MacDonald, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Krista Dowson Jonathan Renna
Fri. 4 @ 530 Jillian Vanstone Piotr Stanczyk Jenna Savella, Giorgio Galli, Patrick Lavoie Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Sat. 5 @ 1 Stacey Shiori Minagawa Etienne Lavigne Alexandra MacDonald, Nan Wang, Brett van Sickle Lise-Marie Jourdain Kevin D. Bowles

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Stuttgart Munich 2013 ballet trip waitlist available

The 2013 ballet trip to Stuttgart and Munich has sold out to priority booking, within 24 hours of being announced. If you wish to be waitlisted to join this trip in case of cancellations, please contact me (toursenlair@gmail.com). To be given priority booking privileges for any Tours en l'air trip, all you need to do is let me know which trips you are potentially interested in.  For the full list of upcoming trips, please click here.




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Ballet Holidays

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Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber


Stuttgart and Munich
21 - 30 April 2013
10 days, 9 nights
6 ballet performances
(+1 optional)

Sightseeing in beautiful southern Germany
and ballet masterpieces performed by
Stuttgart Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, and international guest stars

Sun. 21 April: STUTTGART
Arrive Stuttgart; check in to 3-star City Hotel, 10 minutes walk from the opera house. **Upgrade to 5-star Schlossgarten Hotel, 4 minutes walk from opera house, available on request.

Mon. 22 April: STUTTGART
Morning: Watch Stuttgart Ballet company class. Rest of day at leisure. You can relax in one of Stuttgart's mineral baths, stroll in the lovely Schlossgarten, or have some classic coffee and cake at a cafe. Evening: Welcome 3-course dinner.

Tues. 23 April: STUTTGART
(day trip to AUGSBURG)
Day trip by private luxury coach to Augsburg (1 hr 50 minutes). Watch Ballet Augsburg rehearsals. Lunch with Ballet Augsburg Artistic Director Robert Conn.  Private guided 2-hour walking tour of historic Augsburg. Return to Stuttgart.

Wed. 24 April: STUTTGART
Day at leisure. Suggested activities: visit one of Stuttgart's renowned art galleries, or the Mercedes-Benz or Porsche museum, or the botanical garden and zoo. Or take a train ride to any of the following, all within an hour of Stuttgart:
Ludwigsburg, the Versailles of southern Germany
the beautiful medieval university towns of Tübingen or Heidelberg
4:30 p.m.: Private backstage tour of the Stuttgart Opera House. Evening: performance of Stuttgart Ballet, Rite of Spring (Tetley),
Dances at a Gathering (Robbins),
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine)

Thurs. 25 April:
STUTTGART – ULM – MUNICH
Morning: check out of hotel. Private transfer by luxury coach (1 hour) to the cathedral city of Ulm, with the tallest church spire in the world. 2-hour private guided walking tour of historic Ulm. Time for lunch, then continue on to Munich (1 1/2 hours). Check in to 3-star Domus hotel, 10 minutes walk from Nationaltheater. **Upgrade to 4-star Platzl Hotel, 4 minutes walk from theatre, available on request. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet
Illusions – Like Swan Lake, John Neumeier's brilliant version of Swan Lake, which interweaves the stories of Bavaria's “Mad King” Ludwig II and Tchaikovsky with the traditional story of the ballet.

Fri. 26 April: MUNICH
Day at leisure. Suggested activities: visit Munich's renowned art galleries and museums, or the Nymphenburg Palace. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet & guest stars: Terpsichore Gala

Sat. 27 April: MUNICH
Day at leisure. Evening: optional performance of Bavarian State Ballet: Heroes (Kohler)

Sun. 28 April: MUNICH
11 am - 1 pm: Performance of the Bavarian State Ballet School and Junior Company. 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: Scènes de Ballet,
5 Brahms Waltzes, Voices of Spring (all Ashton), Song of the Earth (MacMillan)

Mon. 29 April: MUNICH
Morning: Our private luxury coach transports you to the beautiful Bavarian Alps, where you will visit the exquisite Herrenchiemsee castle and grounds, one of Ludwig II's numerous building projects which features in Neumeier's Swan Lake. Private guided tour of the palace. Return to Munich for a farewell dinner, followed by the evening performance of Bavarian State Ballet: The Moor's Pavane (José Limón), Broken Fall (Russell Maliphant), Choreartium (Léonide Massine)

Tues. 30 April: MUNICH
Check out of hotel and depart Munich.

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!
Total Package CA$2999 per person
based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$425
** With hotel upgrade $3599 per person
double occupancy,
single supplement $975
All prices valid till 10 January 2013

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE:
10 JANUARY 2013

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 assist you with
flight arrangements.

Optional activities
(subject to minimum enrollment)

Private guided walking tour of historic Stuttgart.

Private guided walking tour of the historic centre of Munich

Private backstage tour of the Nationaltheater in Munich (subject to scheduling)

Private guided tour of Nymphenburg castle in Munich.

Package price includes:
4 nights twin share accommodation in the centrally located 3-star City Hotel in Stuttgart and 5 nights in the 3- star Domus Hotel in Munich
(travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)
Daily breakfast
Premium orchestra seats for 6 ballets
Stuttgart Ballet and Ballet Augsburg company class
Private guided tour of Stuttgart opera house
Private walking tours of Augsburg and Ulm
Day excursion by luxury coach to Augsburg
Private transfer by luxury coach from Stuttgart to Munich
Day excursion by luxury coach to the Bavarian Alps (Herrenchiemsee)
Admission to Herrenchiemsee Palace and private guided tour
One 3-course dinner, one two-course dinner, one 3-course lunch
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Please note that this program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on (subject to availability), but we cannot offer individual components separately or break the package into shorter installments.

Not included:
Airfare
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation insurance
and hospital/medical insurance
All items and activities listed as optional in this brochure
Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable deposit of CA$1750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 10 January 2013, to secure your space for this package**.
Single supplement and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.
Final payment due 5 March 2013, and total package price is fully non-refundable.
All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca).
RBC out-of-province health insurance 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.

For more information:
phone: 416.693.4496

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