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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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nadia Nerina exhibit at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet | Nadia Nerina retrospective exhibition

Acclaimed ballerina and pioneer of ballet on television celebrated in a retrospective exhibition: Nadia Nerina, Principal Ballet dancer with The Royal Ballet from 1947-1966

Royal Opera House, 22 March – 17 August 2013
Generously supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation 
Nadia Nerina was a pioneer in the world of ballet bringing the art form to the television in its early days.  She was also the first ballerina in The Royal Ballet after Margot Fonteyn to dance the complete range of the company’s ballerina roles in the full length ballets including Cinderella, Coppélia, Giselle, Le Lac des cynges, Ondine, The Sleeping Beauty and Sylvia and one of the first dancers to tour away from the Company, bringing ballet to the masses.

Now sixty years since Nerina was made a Principal of Sadler’s Wells Ballet, later The Royal Ballet, the South African born dancer’s illustrious career and her unique contribution to the history of The Royal Ballet is celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at the Royal Opera House. The majority of the material on display is drawn from the Nadia Nerina Collection with a few additional items from Royal Opera House Collections to reflect her career with The Royal Ballet.
Born Nadine Judd on 21 October 1927 in Cape Town, South Africa, Nerina had her first dancing classes at the age of nine. She wrote fan letters to Beryl Grey of Sadler’s Wells Ballet.  She treasured a reply from Grey in her scrapbook which can be seen on display in the exhibition.  Nerina’s dancing and acting abilities continued to impress and eventually she decided she wanted to pursue a career in ballet. She came to London and took classes with Marie Rambert before joining Sadler’s Wells Ballet School in February 1946. In the April she was invited to join Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, the new company of young dancers and choreographers being established by Ninette de Valois at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Nerina’s contemporaries at Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet included Anne Heaton, Sheilah O’Reilly, Donald Britton, Leo Kersley, Kenneth MacMillan, Peter Darrell, Michael Boulton and John Cranko.

Ninette de Valois commented on Nerina’s lovely, natural flow of movement and in later years said that Nerina was the dancer who most reminded her of herself. When Frederick Ashton created a new version of La Fille mal gardée in 1960 with what he called his “dream cast”, he cast Nerina as Lise and David Blair as Colas.  The technical accomplishments of Nerina and Blair meant Ashton was free to create some of his most demanding pas de deux and variations.  Nerina became the first Royal Ballet ballet dancer to attempt the one-handed Bolshoi lift where the ballerina sits high above her partner’s head sitting on the palm of his hand, a feat which drew gasps of amazement from the audience.
Nerina was a pioneer of ballet on television agreeing to collaborate with Margaret Dale, a former dancer with Sadler’s Wells Ballet who was working as a BBC producer in the 1950s.  Between 1957 and 1965, Nerina starred in Dale’s studio productions of Coppélia, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Petrushka, La Fille mal gardée and The Firebird.  These were ground-breaking productions filmed especially for television viewers winning a whole new audience for ballet. Casts included her Sadler’s Wells Ballet/Royal Ballet colleagues Robert Helpmann, Donald Britton, Julia Farron, Alfred Rodrigues and Peter Wright, and Njels Bjorn Larsen from the Royal Danish Ballet and Lydia Sokolova, the British dancer who had danced with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.  Dale also managed to secure the Bolshoi Principal Nicolai Fadeyechev to appear as Albrecht with Nerina in the title role in Giselle.  From her BBC TV appearances, Nerina kept her costume as Swanilda in Coppélia which is also on display in the exhibition.

Nerina was one of the first Royal Ballet ballerinas to organise their own tours away from the Company.  In 1952, she returned to her native South Africa with her regular partner Alexis Rassine for a concert tour. In 1955 she and Rassine covered some 35,000 miles in a concert tour they called Ballet Highlights visiting South Africa, Rhodesia, East and West Africa. In 1956/57 they toured a Ballet Highlights concert tour around the UK with concert pianists Colin Preedy and Colin Kingsley.  The two hour programme consisted of five pas de deux interspersed with musical interludes.  The tours began in Oxford and included Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh.  Kenneth MacMillan created a pas de deuxentitled Fireworks for Nerina and Rassine which was performed for the first time in Oxford.  The work has not been seen since but Nerina kept her costume designed by Nicholas Georgiadis who collaborated with MacMillan on many of his ballets.  This costume was discovered buried in a box thought to contain Nerina’s head dresses and will be displayed for the first time in this exhibition. Other costumes from her tours include the tutu for Boleras de la Cachucha, a pas de deux choreographed for her and Alexis Rassine by Nerina’s former teacher Elsa Brunelleschi, and the costumes for the two Anna Pavlova solos The Dying Swan, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Pavlova, and The Dragonfly, choreographed by Pavlova herself.
Nerina collected material associated with her career including costumes, press cuttings, photographs, posters as well as the cans of film of the BBC broadcasts.  Thanks to the generosity of the Philip Loubser Foundation, Nerina’s Collection has been donated to  Royal Opera House Collections. In addition, their generosity has allowed the costumes and accessories to be cleaned and conserved, the films transferred to appropriate film and the press cutting books and other material re-housed in acid free boxes.
Costumes on display include a Moth which is thought to date from her performances in the early 1940s as a young dancer in Durban, South Africa. Some early press cuttings and programmes can also be seen.   From her Sadler’s Wells Ballet/The Royal Ballet days there are costumes and head dresses for Odile in Le Lac des cygnes, designed by Leslie Hurry, the British surrealist artist, and the tutu for the Don Quixote pas de deux, which she danced with the great Danish dancer Erik Bruhn in 1962.  Nerina danced many Frederick Ashton roles and her costumes for Ondine, designed by Lila de Nobili, and for the Debutante in Façade, designed by John Armstrong, as well as a large photograph of herself with Alexis Rassine as the Dago can also be seen. In 1963, Nerina created the role of Elektra in the Robert Helpmann ballet Elektra and her costume, designed by the Australian artist Arthur Boyd, is displayed alongside a pair of signed pink ballet slippers she wore for her last performance as Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet in Ashton’s Sylvia (One Act) at the Royal Opera House on 20 January 1968.
This material is complemented by three costumes and photographs from Royal Opera House Collections conveying the full range of her work.  Nerina’s costumes as The Faded Beauty, the role created for her by Kenneth MacMillan’s Noctambules in 1956, as Lise, the role Ashton created for her in La Fille mal gardée in 1960 and the role for which perhaps she is best remembered, as Ashton’s Sylvia, the last role she danced at the Royal Opera House, are also on display.
Royal Opera House Collections have commissioned independent filmmaker Lynne Wake to create a short film to convey some of the qualities of Nadia Nerina as a dancer.  This includes extracts from her two favourite roles – Lise in LaFille mal gardée and the title role in Giselle.  The film can be viewed in the Amphitheatre Gallery during daytime opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 17 August 2013 and can be viewed free by daytime visitors.  The Royal Opera House is a working theatre so please ring the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000 to check the exhibition areas are open.  A free exhibition leaflet is available to guide visitors around the exhibition spaces and can be downloaded from the Royal Collections website.



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Thursday, February 21, 2013

See NYCB in Saratoga Springs! Trip now booking - signup deadline March 8



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

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Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays



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New York City Ballet

in

Saratoga Springs, NY

12-14 July 2013

3 days, 2 nights

2 ballet performances + 1 optional



Works by Balanchine, Wheeldon, and Robbins




Friday 12 July
Arrive Saratoga Springs, New York; check in to the 3-star Hilton Garden Inn, conveniently located a 5-minute drive from the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga State Park. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner at the majestic Hall of Springs restaurant and pre-performance interview with an NYCB dancer. Performance of Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Hallelujah Junction (Martins), and the mesmerizing After the Rain (Wheeldon)

Dances at a Gathering:


After the Rain


 Click here for more on Hallelujah Junction

Saturday 13 July
Morning at leisure. Suggested activities: explore the charming spa town of Saratoga Springs, have an effervescent mineral bath at the Roosevelt Baths about two minutes walk from the entrance to the theatre, enjoy a round of golf or a walk in the lovely park, or visit the National Museum of Dance and Dance Hall of Fame, a short walk from the hotel on the way to the theatre. Optional (subject to availability, class size limited to 15, cost $25): take a “Dance with the Dancers” one-hour ballet class (10–11 a.m.) taught by a New York City Ballet dancer, in which you will learn a combination from the NYCB rep. No previous ballet experience required.
Afternoon: Optional performance of Year of the Rabbit (Peck), Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Garland Dance from Sleeping Beauty (both Balanchine), and Barber Violin Concerto (Martins).

For Year of the Rabbit, click here.  

Stravinsky Violin Concerto:



 Barber Violin Concerto

  
Evening: three-course dinner then performance of Bal de Couture (Martins), Rubies (Balanchine), West Side Story Suite (Robbins), This Bitter Earth (Wheeldon). Gala festivities to follow.

Rubies



West Side Story Suite

 
 
Sunday 14 July
Check out of hotel. Depart Saratoga. 
 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE DATE: 8 MARCH 2013

Total package CA$750 per person,

based on double occupancy (one king or two double beds)

Single supplement: CA$230

All prices valid till 8 March 2013



You have the flexibility of arranging travel at your own convenience.

Return group transport by luxury washroom-equipped coach from Toronto available ($250). Includes transfers between hotel and theatre in Saratoga.

Minimum 15 passengers required.



Package price includes:
Premium orchestra seats for 2 ballet performances
Gala activities after Saturday night performance
1 pre-performance talk
2 nights double-share accommodation in the Hilton Garden Inn with daily hot and cold breakfast buffet
2 three-course dinners with coffee, tea, and soft drinks
Free parking at hotel and theatre
Ballet enrichment notes and informal post-performance reviews with tour leader
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges


Not included:
Transportation to and from Saratoga Springs
Transfers between hotel and theatre unless travelling with the group coach
Items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Alcoholic beverages with meals
Dance with the Dancers” ballet class
Admission to National Museum of Dance
Suggested activities for the morning of Saturday 13 July
Optional afternoon performance on Saturday 13 July
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable payment in full of CA$750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 8 March 2013.** Single supplement, payment for optional “Dance with the Dancers” class, coach fare, and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance 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).

RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through CWT Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany payment for the package and is non-refundable.

For more information and a registration form: toursenlair@gmail.com or 416.693.4496




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**The payment is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent.

Saratoga Springs is on the Amtrak train line between New York and Montreal.
Nearest airport is Albany, 30 minutes drive from Saratoga, with regular scheduled direct service from the following cities: Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, Charlotte, Cleveland, Boston, Baltimore, Newark, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago Midway, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta
  
To read more about how 38 people enjoyed our Saratoga Springs ballet trip in 2011, click here.
For other fabulous ballet holidays, please click here.



National Ballet of Canada Romeo & Juliet casting Toronto



Romeo
Juliet
Mercutio
Benvolio
Tybalt
Paris
Tues. 12 March @ 730 pm Guillaume Côté Elena Lobsanova Piotr Stanczyk Robert Stephen Jiří Jelinek Patrick Lavoie
Wed. 13 March @ 730 pm McGee Maddox Heather Ogden Jonathan Renna Christopher Stalzer Jiří Jelinek Patrick Lavoie
Thurs. 14 March @ 2 pm Brendan Saye Chelsy Meiss Keiichi Hirano Dylan Tedaldi Jiří Jelinek Patrick Lavoie
Thurs. 14 March @ 730 pm Aleksandar Antonijevic Greta Hodgkinson Piotr Stanczyk Robert Stephen Etienne Lavigne Brett van Sickle
Fri. 15 March @ 730 pm Naoya Ebe Sonia Rodriguez Keiichi Hirano Dylan Tedaldi Etienne Lavigne Brett van Sickle
Sat. 16 March @ 2 pm McGee Maddox Heather Ogden Jonathan Renna Christopher Stalzer Jiří Jelinek Patrick Lavoie
Sat. 16 March @ 730 pm Guillaume Côté Elena Lobsanova Piotr Stanczyk Robert Stephen Jiří Jelinek Patrick Lavoie
Sun. 17 March @ 2 pm Naoya Ebe Sonia Rodriguez Keiichi Hirano Dylan Tedaldi Etienne Lavigne Brett van Sickle

For casting for the London tour at Sadler's Wells in April 2013, please click here.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Half price Grand Ring seats for National Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Travelzoo has a special 55% discount offer for Grand Ring seats for Romeo and Juliet, March 12-14. $100 instead of $239. To buy, click here.


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interviews with Sara Mearns and Alys Shee

An interview with Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet:
http://dancetabs.com/2013/02/sara-mearns-new-york-city-ballet-principal/

and Alys Shee of Birmingham Royal Ballet:
http://www.dancespirit.com/2013/02/the-brave-ballerina/

plus photo gallery
http://www.dancespirit.com/2013/02/photo-gallery-alys-shee/


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nijinsky casting National Ballet of Canada March 2-8



Sat. March 2 @ 2 pm Sat. March 2 @ 730 pm Sun March 3 @ 2pm Wed. March 6 @ 730 pm Thurs. March 7 @ 2 pm Thurs. March 7 @ 730 pm Fri. March 8 @ 730 pm
Vaslav Nijinsky Skylar Campbell Guillaume Côté Alexandre Riabko* Guillaume Côté Skylar Campbell Alexandre Riabko* Guillaume Côté
Romola Nijinsky, his wife Sonia Rodriguez Heather Ogden Sonia Rodriguez Heather Ogden Sonia Rodriguez Sonia Rodriguez Heather Ogden
Bronislava Nijinska, his sister Chelsy Meiss Jenna Savella Jordana Daumec Jenna Savella Chelsy Meiss Jordana Daumec Jenna Savella
Stanislav Nijinsky, his Brother Francesco Gabriele Frola Dylan Tedaldi Dylan Tedaldi Dylan Tedaldi Francesco Gabriele Frola Dylan Tedaldi Dylan Tedaldi
Serge Diaghilev, Impresario and Mentor Piotr Stanczyk Jiří Jelinek Jiří Jelinek Jiří Jelinek Piotr Stanczyk Jiří Jelinek Jiří Jelinek
Eleonora Bereda, Nijinsky’s mother Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu Xiao Nan Yu
Thomas Nijinsky, his father Jonathan Renna Brett van Sickle Brett van Sickle Brett van Sickle Jonathan Renna Brett van Sickle Brett van Sickle
The Ballerina, Tamara Karsavina Elena Lobsanova Sonia Rodriguez Elena Lobsanova Sonia Rodriguez Elena Lobsanova Elena Lobsanova Sonia Rodriguez
The new Dancer, Leonid Massine Asiel Rivero Francesco Gabriele Frola Francesco Gabriele Frola Francesco Gabriele Frola Asiel Rivero Francesco Gabriele Frola Francesco Gabriele Frola

  • Guest artist from Hamburg Ballet
All performances at the Four Seasons Centre, Toronto.

Here's a video featuring Skylar Campbell:

  

For reviews, click here.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Beautiful video: Pacific Northwest B's Carla Körbes

PASSAGE: Carla Körbes, Portrait of a Ballerina from Patrick Fraser on Vimeo.


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hamburg Ballet Nijinsky casting San Francisco


All performances at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. To buy tickets, click here.
For National Ballet of Canada Nijinsky  casting in Toronto, click here. 



13. February | 19:30 14. February | 20:00 15. February | 20:00 16. February | 14:00 16. February | 20:00 17. February | 14:00 19. February | 20:00
Vaslav Nijinsky Riabko Coté Riabko Coté Riabko Coté Riabko
Romola Nijinsky Bouchet Ogden Bouchet Ogden Bouchet Ogden Bouchet
Serge Diaghilev Jung Revazov Jung Revazov Jung Revazov Jung
Bronislava Nijinska Tichy Heylmann Tichy Tichy Tichy Tichy Heylmann
Stanislav Nijinsky Martínez Tselikov Martínez Tselikov Martínez Tselikov Martínez
Eleonora Bereda Laudere Laudere Laudere Laudere Laudere Laudere Laudere
Thomas Nijinsky Revazov Franconi Revazov Franconi Revazov Franconi Revazov
Tamara Karsavina Azzoni Agüero Azzoni Agüero Azzoni Agüero Azzoni
Leonid Massine Amuchastegui Trusch Amuchastegui Amuchástegui Trusch Amuchástegui Trusch
Nijinsky the Dancer Amuchastegui, Bordin, Riggins, Trusch Bordin, Jung, Riggins, Trusch Amuchastegui, Bordin, Riggins, Trusch Amuchástegui, Bordin, Jung, Riggins Bordin, Bubenícek, Riggins, Trusch Amuchástegui, Bordin, Jung, Riggins Bordin, Riggins, Trusch, West

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Alexandre Riabko of Hamburg Ballet to guest in Nijinsky in Toronto

National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, Corps de Ballet member Skylar Campbell and Guest Artist Alexandre Riabko (Principal Dancer with The Hamburg Ballet) will dance the title role in Nijinsky. John Neumeier’s acclaimed production receives its Canadian premiere on March 2. For full casting and performance date, click here
To buy tickets, click here.  
I saw Riabko in Neumeier's Sleeping Beauty and was very impressed! Can't wait to see him in Nijinsky, as he has been getting rave reviews:
 "Throughout, Alexandre Riabko made for a fine Nijinsky Friday, tormented, driven and yet graceful in detail, including the snake-like, evocative undulation of his arm, a small gesture of a salute to a major genius." -Chicago Tribune

"an inspired performance from Alexandre Riabko" - Time Out Chicago

"The more you know about Nijinsky (a marathon performance by the mesmerizing Alexandre Riabko, full of heat, beauty, anguish and dazzling technique), the more you can appreciate this ballet" Chicago Sun-Times




Born
20.2.78 in Kiev. Ukraine
Education
Kiev Ballet School.
The School of The Hamburg Ballet
Main Teachers
Vladimir Denisenko, Anatoli Nisnevich, Kevin Haigen
Engagement
The Hamburg Ballet since 1996. Soloist in 1999,
Principal in 2001
 


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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Discount! $25 for best orchestra seats for Ballet BC in Markham Feb 15

$25 - Next Week: Orchestra Seats to Ballet BC, Reg. $49

C$25

Ballet BC

Enjoy a triple bill of works by international choreographers: The virtuosic Herman Schmerman by iconoclastic choreographer William Forsythe, A New Work by Nicolo Fonte or a new work by Artistic Director, Emily Molnar & Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie, a theatrical closer created on Ballet BC from one of Netherlands Dance Theatre's rising stars.
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario L3R 8G5
905-305-7469

Highlights

  • Ballet BC is in Markham for 1 night only: Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.
  • All Orchestra tickets, including the best in the house, are $25, regularly $45-$49
  • The company recently was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch"
  • A promo code is required; please see complete booking instructions

The Fine Print

See Booking Instructions for step-by-step details. Additional fees of $2 per ticket will apply. HST and handling fee are included in the $25 ticket price. Fees are determined by the venue and ticketing agent and not by Travelzoo. Restrictions may apply.

The Deal

Orchestra tickets are available for $25, regularly $45-$49, for the sole performance on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.

Ballet BC showcases the talent of a select group of 18 dancers with classical and contemporary dance training. The program will feature "Aniel," inspired by American composer/saxophonist John Zorn's "Book of Angels."

Booking InstructionsClick here. Enter promo code TRAVELZOO and click "Select Seats," then click "Close" on the pop-up message. Click on green circles to select seats, then "Add to Cart." Pricing will appear without fees or HST. Verify selection and click "Click Here to go to the Shopping Cart." Verify selection again, select delivery method from the drop-down menu and click "Check Out." Sign in or create a new account. Select "Travelzoo" from the drop-down menu and click "Pay Now." Enter billing information and click "Submit Payment."

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