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, December 31, 2013

Mariinsky Swan Lake casting Kennedy Center

All casting subject to change.

DATE
ODETTE/ODILE
PRINCE SIEGFRIED
Tue., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov
Wed., Jan 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova
Maxim Zyuzin
Thu., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Olga Esina
Timur Askerov
Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov
Sat., Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova
Maxim Zyuzin
Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Olga Esina
Timur Askerov
Sun., Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov

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Video: Vadim Muntagirov leaps and spins

English National Ballet's sensational young principal dancer Vadim Muntagirov has put together this compilation of some of his spectacularly athletic dancing:



http://youtu.be/kJX3DhWhjHI

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Video: Vienna State Ballet, Forsythe and Etudes

Vienna State Ballet is presenting a mixed program of  Natalia Horecna's "Contra Clockwise Witness" (world premiere), Harald Lander's "Études" (1948), and William Forsythe's "The Second Detail" (1991).

Ballett - Hommage from DelbeauFilm on Vimeo.

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Troy Schumacher's BalletCollective

New York City Ballet dancer Troy Schumacher, whom one of our Tours  en l'air groups met on a New York trip a couple of years ago, has founded his own dance company, Ballet Collective. 

BalletCollective Choreographer: Troy Schumacher from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.


From the BalletCollective website: 

BalletCollective brings together artists, poets, composers, choreographers, and designers to collaborate as equals, exchanging ideas to absorb each others’ influence throughout the creation of distinctive works of art. Founded by Troy Schumacher in 2010, BalletCollective has produced the collaborative work of over 30 artists.
At the heart of BalletCollective lies process. Artists from different genres come together and gather ideas that are important to them as a group—a collective—encouraged to think outside of what it is they usually do. In multiple combinations a composer considers graphic art, a choreographer the structure of a poem, a photographer the rhythm of a piece of music.
Each collective work develops its own organic cross-pollination process as work goes forward on a piece, with each artist asked to contribute to the work of the others and physically and digitally share what they are doing as sketches, concepts, writings, ideas, movement or measures of music. The collective effort is combined and refined, and ultimately presented to audiences. Each work’s creative life does not end at performance, but continues to be re-conceived as long as the work remains  performed.

For more on Troy, see this link.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

San Francisco Ballet tours to Paris July 2014

The Les étés de la danse festival at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has announced that San Francisco Ballet will be its guest company in July 2014. Tickets are available through http://www.fnacspectacles.com

None of the websites (Etes de la danse, Theatre du Chatelet, Fnac) make it easy to find out what's being performed when, so I have compiled all the info in one place below.

**For updated program info, please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.com/2014/05/update-san-francisco-ballet-in-paris.html

Paris Opera Ballet is also in season for the first week of the SFB run.

If you would like to see San Francisco Ballet at home, please check out my May trip to San Francisco: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/01/4-ballets-in-san-francisco-in-may.html

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Lundi 14 juillet
à 20h

Maëlstrom
(Morris/Beethoven),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon/Bosso)

Mardi 15 juillet

à 20h

Trio*
(Tomasson/Tchaikovski),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Glass Pieces (Robbins/Glass)

Mercredi 16 juillet

à 20h

Trio*
(Tomasson/Tchaikovski),
Création Scarlett*,
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)

Jeudi 17 juillet 

à 20h

Maëlstrom
(Morris/Beethoven),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
Glass Pieces (Robbins/Glass)

Vendredi 18 juillet 

à 20h

Classical Symphony*
(Possokhov/Prokofiev),
Chaconne pour Piano et deux Danseurs (Tomasson/Haendel),
Ghosts* (Wheeldon/Winger),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)
Samedi 19 juillet
à 12h30
Cours en public

Samedi 19 juillet 

à 15h

Classical Symphony*
(Possokhov/Prokofiev),
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso)


Samedi 19 juillet à 20h
From Foreign Lands* (Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine/Hindemith)

Lundi 21 juillet
à 20h

The Fifth Season*
(Tomasson/Jenkins),
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin),
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine/Hindemith)

Mardi 22 juillet 

à 20h

Allegro Brillante
(Balanchine/Tchaikovski),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Maëlstrom (Morris/Beethoven),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Mercredi 23 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)

Jeudi 24 juillet

à 20h

Allegro Brillante
(Balanchine/Tchaikovski),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Création Scarlett*,
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Vendredi 25 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)
Samedi 26 juillet 
à 12h30
Cours en public

Samedi 26 juillet

à 15h

The Fifth Season*
(Tomasson/Jenkins),
Concerto (MacMillan/ Chostakovitch),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Samedi 26 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Création Scarlett*,
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hilarious: How to do contemporary dance

This very funny video shows you the 15 moves for contemporary dance:

http://youtu.be/qQyALIEydbc



For another funny video explaining how to watch contemporary dance, see this post.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reconstruction of 1892 Nutcracker

Want to see what the original Nutcracker looked like in 1892? Berlin State Ballet has just mounted a reconstruction based on the original costume designs.
Stage design based on historical designs: Andrei Voytenko
Costumes based on historical designs: Tatiana Noginova 




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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No grunting, screaming, or yelling: NYCB's Robbie Fairchild on the physical challenges of ballet

A great article and video featuring Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/the-workout-dancing-in-the-nutcracker/?_r=0

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Hemorrhoids and dancing on pointe: What's the connection?

A very interesting article about pointe shoes from The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/dec/16/royal-ballet-shoe-department

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Friday, December 13, 2013

If a pointe shoe had eyes...

Cool video from the Royal Ballet, follows the life of a shoe from factory to stage, filmed using tiny cameras attached to shoes.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

History of Ballet course: Origins to 1900

History of Ballet I: Origins to 1900

It's official! I will be offering this course in the new year, Mondays 1:30- 3:30 pm. I have pushed the start date back to February 17 so that there is less possibility of bad weather. Please see dates and course outline  below.

100 University Ave., North Tower,
Suite 201
on the west side of University a few steps south of King
St Andrew subway station
This venue is fully accessible.
Nathan Phillips Square parking garage is 9 minutes walk away.

Price: 8 2-hour classes for $160+HST= $180.80
(Early bird discount: Save the HST if you register before
January 15, 2014).
Please register in advance by sending a cheque made out to
Katherine Barber
201 Hanson Street
Toronto ON
M4C 1A7

February 17: The French Court and the Origins of Ballet
February 24: Women in White: Romanticism (Taglioni and
La Sylphide)
March 3: Women in White 2: Perrot and
Giselle
March 10: Jumping for Joy: Bournonville and Danish Ballet (
Napoli, La Sylphide)
March 17: NO CLASS
March 24: Decadence of 19th-century French ballet:
Coppelia
March 31: Impressing the Tsar: Petipa and the Grand Imperial Russian style (
Paquita, La Bayadere, Raymonda)
April 7: Visit to the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada (to be confirmed)
April 14: Swans and Sugarplums: Ivanov (
Nutcracker

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bolshoi Don Q tickets at Saratoga on sale now - 10% discount!

Tickets on sale NOW for performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (upstate New York).
 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Heather Ogden in "Lost in Motion II"

From the creative team that brought you Guillaume Côté in "Lost in Motion":



Director: Ben Shirinian
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté
Dancer: Heather Ogden
Original Story by: Ben Shirinian and Guillaume Côté
DOP: Jeremy Benning, csc
Editor: Jon Devries
VFX: Crush
Producers: Nick Sorbara, Leslie Aimée Gottlieb
Production Company: Krystal Levy Pictures
Funders: bravoFACT, KLP, AnyMotion

"Avalanche"
Performed by Leonard Cohen

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