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Friday, August 29, 2014

London ballet trip February 2015

Onegin

I have added a new ballet trip to the 2014-15 schedule, draft itinerary below. Please get in touch if you might be interested.

Wednesday 18 February – Saturday 28 February
 
Wed. 18 February: LONDON
Arrive London; check in to the Strand Palace Hotel, 5 minutes walk from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Thurs. 19 February: LONDON
Morning at leisure. Classic English afternoon tea for lunch, followed by afternoon performance of Royal Ballet, Swan Lake. Evening at leisure.
Fri. 20 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Evening: optional trip by train to Milton Keynes for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Edward Scissorhands
Sat. 21 February: LONDON
(day trip to BIRMINGHAM)
Transfer by train to Birmingham (1 ½ hours). 3-course lunch. Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet Serenade (Balanchine), Lyric Pieces (Lang), In the Upper Room (Tharp). Return by train to London.
Sun. 22 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Optional day trip to Oxford with morning walking tour of the colleges.
Mon. 23 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Suggested activity: visit the special Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne exhibition at the Royal Academy or the exhibition of dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales from the 50s to the 80s at Kensington Palace.
Tues. 24 February: LONDON
Morning at leisure. Afternoon: Backstage tour of the Royal Opera House and visit to the Royal Ballet School (to be confirmed). Evening at leisure
Wed. 25 February: LONDON
Private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum dance collection, then visit the special exhibition “The Wedding Dress 1775-2014”. Evening: Meeting of the Ballet Association (guest speaker tba)
Thurs. 26 February LONDON
(day trip to BIRMINGHAM)
Transfer by train to Birmingham (1 ½ hours). Visit to Elmhurst School for Dance (to be confirmed). Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia. Return by train to London.
Fri. 27 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Evening: farewell 3-course dinner followed by Royal Ballet, Onegin.
Sat. 28 February: LONDON
Check out of hotel and depart London. (You may extend your stay if you wish).

BALLET BUCKET LIST*:

Birmingham Royal Ballet's eye-candy production of Coppélia
The Royal Ballet performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Onegin
Serenade

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Royal Ballet livestream 6 September 2014




Dance performances from Deloitte Ignite to be live-streamed on 6 September 2014
 
Programme includes extracts of The Firebird, The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, and a special commission from Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili.


Sampling the Myth, a programme of mixed works to be staged at Deloitte Ignite 2014, will be live-streamed via The Royal Opera House YouTube Channel at 6.50pm BST (1:50 pm Eastern Time) on Saturday 6 September 2014. The event will be available to watch online anywhere in the world (with a small number of exceptions).

The programme combines dance and visual art in a modern exploration of ancient myths through performance and film and will feature:
a special commission from Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili and choreographer Aakash Odedra based on the myth of Prometheus.

Extracts from:

Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird and The Dying Swan; 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; 

George Balanchine’s Apollo;

Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl

World premiere of a new piece by Rambert’s Miguel Altunaga.

Three short dance films created by:
 the National Ballet of Canada’s Robert Binet, Also directed by NBoC's Dylan Tedaldi and featuring Emma Hawes, Svetlana Lunkina, Jack Bertinshaw and Félix Paquet
 rising choreographic talent Charlotte Edmonds,
 internationally renowned choreographer Kim Brandstrup.

Casting has been confirmed for the live stream:
Roberta Marquez and Bennet Gartside will perform a pas de deux from Mikhail Fokine's The Firebird 
Edward Watson and Liam Mower will perform a pas de deux from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.
Rambert dancers Miguel Altunaga, Estela Merlos and Hannah Rudd will perform Dark Eye, a short work based on the idea of 'The Fates'.
Yuhui Choe and Valeri Hristov will perform the Act III pas de deux from Frederick Ashton's Ondine 
Marianela Nuñez will perform a solo from Mikhail Fokine's The Dying Swan
Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood will perform an extract from Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.
Federico Bonelli will perform a solo from George Balanchine's Apollo



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet livestream 4 October

The POB October 4 performance of Harald Lander's masterpiece Etudes, along with pieces performed by the POB school, will be livestreamed on www.culturebox.fr. Also included will be the company and school's annual défilé.
Livestream starts at 7:30 pm European time (1:30 pm Eastern Time); it will be available online for some time afterwards.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

How to buy a ticket online for a Cineplex ballet broadcast

Cineplex makes it almost impossible to negotiate the navigation required to buy a ticket for their ballet broadcasts on their website, but you can in fact do it. Herewith the Tours en l'air guide to Cineplex ticketing.

1) Go to this page:
http://cineplex.com/Events/DanceSeries

Scroll down a bit and all of the performances are listed.

2) Click on the date you want to attend under "Showtimes" for the ballet you want to see.

3) The next page may remember what city you are in from a previous visit, but if not, click on the city that does appear and type the name of your city in its place; hit enter.

4) Once you have the right city, scroll down to find the cinema where you want to attend, and click on "Show movies and showtimes"

5) If you want to take advantage of the discount for a 3-show package, click on "series ticketing".

5a) Log in, sign up, or proceed without logging in
5b) Select the dates and times you want for your package and then "proceed". From there it's pretty straightforward.

6) If you want to buy a ticket to just one show, click on the showtime (e.g. 7:00 in the little box)
 6a)  Log in, sign up, or proceed without logging in
6b) Select the date and time you want, and then "proceed". From there it's pretty straightforward.
Canadian ballet fans! please complain to Cineplex Front Row Centre Events about the cancellation of Royal Ballet broadcasts. Otherwise they'll think we don't care. http://www.cineplex.com/Global/FeedbackZone/Feedback

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New version of La Fille mal Gardée in Australia

West Australian Ballet  (located in Perth) and Queensland Ballet (located in Brisbane) are co-producing a new version of La Fille mal Gardée, set in the 1950s and with choreography by French choreographer Marc Ribaud, former artistic director of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
More details in this article, which mistakenly states that this is the most frequently staged version, when of course that honour goes to Frederick Ashton's.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/arts/a/24764156/50s-flavour-in-wayward-ballet/
The score is the same as that put together by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Herold's early 19th-century version, and the synopsis seems to be identical.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GTA Dance 2014-15

** For help with buying a ticket online for a Cineplex ballet broadcast, see this post: 
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/08/how-to-buy-ticket-online-for-cineplex.html

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
 Wednesday September 24, 7pm,
Sunday September 28, 1255 pm 

Cineplex Theatres


The Velveteen Rabbit 
Ballet Jorgen Canada
Oct 4 & 5
Betty Oliphant Theatre

Ballet in the Studio
October 14 @ 12 noon, 15 @ 1830
Canada's Ballet Jörgen Studios, 160 Kendal Ave., Bldg C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3



Manon
 CANCELLED
Thursday, October 16, 7pm
The Royal Ballet Live
Manon: Marianela Nunez
Des Grieux: Federico Bonelli
 Cineplex Theatres

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Ailey II  
Mixed Program, includes Revelations
Friday, October 24, 8pm
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Regular Price: $45
Series Price: $40
Youth Price: $25 (30 and Under)
Plus additional taxes and fees.



The Legend of Love
 Sunday, October 26, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Live
 Cineplex Theatres

Manon
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 November


The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Encore
Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova, Ruslan Skvortsov.
 Cineplex Theatres


Nijinsky  
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 November

 


Ballet 360: An Hour of Contemporary Dance
Free performance by Ballet Jorgen 

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Friday 2 December, noon

La Bayadère
Sunday, December 7, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Encore
Nikiya: Svetlana Zakharova
Gamzatti: Maria Alexandrova
Solor: Vladislav Lantratov
Cineplex Theatres

The Nutcracker
THEATRE: Hammerson Hall, Mississauga Living Arts Centre
DATE: Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

The Nutcracker

National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday 13 December - Saturday 3 January

The Nutcracker 
Ballet Jorgen Canada

Betty Oliphant Theatre
Dec 17 & 18


Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
 CANCELLED
Wednesday, December 17, 7pm
Saturday, December 20, 1255 pm
The Royal Ballet Live

Alice: Lauren Cuthbertson
Jack/Knave of Hearts: Federico Bonelli 
Cineplex Theatres


another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html


The Nutcracker  
National Ballet of Cuba 
Thurs. Dec 18 7:30 PM
Fri. Dec 19 7:30 PM
Sat. Dec 20 2:00 PM
Sat. Dec 20 7:30 PM

The Nutcracker
Toronto International Ballet Theatre
Dec 20, 2014, 7pm

Sony Centre


The Nutcracker
 Sunday, December 21, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Live
Cineplex Theatres


The Nutcracker   
Ballet Jorgen Canada 
Flato Theatre Markham
December 30, 2 and 7 pm 


Ballet 360 - 
Ballet Jorgen Canada
January 23 & 24
Betty Oliphant Theatre
Robert Desrosiers tour de force Bouffonia, which premiered to great acclaim last season, will return along with Allen Kaeja’s Yet and Malgorzata Nowacka’s Séance  

Swan Lake 
Sunday, January 25, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Live
Cineplex Theatres
 
Swan Lake 
THEATRE: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
DATE: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia 

Swan Lake 
THEATRE: Hammerson Hall,Mississauga Living Arts Centre
DATE: Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia 


Moulin Rouge® The Ballet
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Sunday, February 22, 1255 pm
Wednesday February 25, 7pm 
Cineplex Theatres


Chroma, ...black night's bright day...
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Wednesday 4 - Sunday 8 March


Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, March 8, 1255 pm

The Bolshoi Ballet Encore
Romeo: Alexander Volchkov 
Juliet: Anna Nikulina 
Cineplex Theatres


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday 14 - Sunday 29 March

Swan Lake  CANCELLED
Wednesday 18 March, 7 pm
The Royal Ballet Live
Odette/Odile: Natalia Osipova
Prince Siegfried: Matthew Golding 
Cineplex Theatres

another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html

Cinderella
Ballet Jorgen Canada
Mar 21 & 22
Betty Oliphant Theatre

Ballet in the Studio
March 24 @ 12 noon, 25 @ 1830
Canada's Ballet Jörgen Studios, 160 Kendal Ave., Bldg C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3

Erik Bruhn Competition
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Tuesday 24 March
 




Flato Theatre Markham
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8G5  

Flato Theatre Markham
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8G5  

Flato Theatre Markham
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 8G5  

Ivan The Terrible
Sunday April 19, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Live
Cineplex Theatres 

Anna Karenina
Eifman St. Petersburg Ballet
Apr 23-25, 2015

Sony Centre

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Rose Theatre IconRose Theatre Main Stage,
April 28, 2015, 8:00 PM 

Seating Plan    
works by Benjamin Millepied (director of the Opéra de Paris), Adonis Foniadakis and Barak Marshall. The pieces combine classical and contemporary dance,

La Fille mal gardée  CANCELLED
Wednesday May 6, 7 pm
The Royal Ballet Live
Cineplex Theatres 
another distributor has picked up the Royal Ballet broadcasts. Dates for screenings will differ. For information, see this post: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/09/landmark-cinemas-and-possibly-others.html



Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Mixed Program
Wed. May 20 8:00 PM 

Benjamin Millepied (Closer), Andonis Foniadakis (Kosmos) and Barak Marshall (Harry).
BJM – Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal
Sony Centre

May 23, 2015 


Shostakovich Trilogy Parts 1 & 3, Being & Nothingness
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday 30 May - Sunday 7 June

The Sleeping Beauty
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Wednesday 10 - Sunday 14 June

Gala
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Wednesday 17 June


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Free drop-in ballet classes at the Sony Centre

UPCOMING FALL 2014 DANCE PROGRAM
This fall the Sony Centre introduces free drop-in classes for everyone in our community. FREE drop-in classes for Fall 2014 Dance Series include the following:
SEPTEMBER – ADULT BEGINNER BALLET
Dates: Thursdays September 4, 11, 18, 25 & Tuesdays September 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

OCTOBER - BARRE FITNESS
Dates: Tuesdays October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 5:10 pm – 6:00 pm

NOVEMBER - MOMMY/DADDY & ME DANCE
Dates: Tuesdays November 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East (at Front & Yonge)
Enter: Through stage door off Scott Street (east side of building)
No registration required. No previous dance experience required.
Please wear comfortable clothing. Washrooms available for changing.



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