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, July 23, 2016

Sue Jin Kang's farewell at the Stuttgart Ballet



Last night, after 30 years with the Stuttgart Ballet, Sue Jin Kang had her farewell performance in Onegin. 

No one knows how to celebrate better than the Stuttgart Ballet. On every seat in the sold out house there was a sign with a big red heart and "Danke Sue Jin". After every member of the company had come on stage and presented her with a rose, and balloons had cascaded from the flies, we were given the signal to hold up our signs, and this was the result.



I would like to add my thanks to Sue Jin for many many incredibly moving performances over the years and wish her all the best in her new position as artistic director of the National Ballet of Korea.

If you want to enjoy inimitable ballet experiences like  this, why not join a Tours en l'air trip!


Do you love ballet but have a travelling companion who would like something less ballet-intensive? Check out our "Wine-Food-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of-ballet" trip to the south of France in July 2017. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Inside Bordeaux's Beautiful Grand Theatre


Come and see this magnificent opera house for yourself on my exciting Bordeaux-Toulouse trip in July 2017.  A seat is already on hold for you in the orchestra level for a performance of Romeo and Juliet!

For more info, please click here:  http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html
















Photos courtesy of Thomas Gallus


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter


Dear Balletomane,
In this newsletter:
  1. Why you really want to go to the South of France next July
  2. Paris-Amsterdam trip April 30 – May 10
  3. All 2016-17 trips
  4. National Ballet of Canada Winter's Tale in New York: casting
  5. Ballet in US Cinemas this summer
  6. Discount on events at T-buds Tea Lounge in Toronto
  7. Videos



PLEASE READ YOUR NEWSLETTER! I saw a lot of you at Frankenstein who could have entered my contest to win free tickets but apparently didn't know about it.

Why you really want to go to the South of France next July
Wine. Gourmet meals. Art. Beautiful medieval villages and impressive castles. Farmers' markets. Striking landscapes. Gardens. Prehistoric cave paintings. UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A magnificent opera house. And, for aviation buffs, the possibility to visit a brand new aviation museum and the Airbus assembly line to see a super jumbo A380 under construction. Did I mention wine?
Oh, and ballet TOO!! This is a fabulous trip if you love ballet, but it's also the ideal trip if you have a travelling companion who is less keen on ballet (I don't understand it myself, but I gather such people do exist).
It's less of an all-ballet-all-the-time trip, and more a “Food-Wine-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of Ballet” trip to the incomparably beautiful Southwest of France, centred on Bordeaux and Toulouse. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html
As usual, let me know if you want to be kept updated about this trip. It will likely be booking this summer, and the signup deadline may be very short indeed because of ticketing policies in Toulouse.
Paris-Amsterdam trip April 30 – May 10
This will be booking in August and there are already over 30 people on the priority mailing list. You need to be on this if you have any interest at all in this trip, as otherwise it may be completely booked up before you even get the newsletter. NO COMMITMENT REQUIRED AT THIS POINT. Draft itinerary is here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/07/amsterdam-and-paris-ballet-trip-may-2017.html
All 2016-17 trips
If you haven't done so yet, please look at all my proposed 2016-17 trips and let me know which ones you would like to be on the priority mailing list for. Click here for the details: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/p/upcoming-ballet-trips.html
National Ballet of Canada Winter's Tale in New York: casting

Ballet in US Cinemas this summer
In case you missed them the first time around, three performances from the Lincoln Center at the Movies series are returning to U.S. cinemas this summer:
  1.  the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Tuesday, July 26
  2.  Ballet Hispanico on Tuesday, August 2
  3. San Francisco Ballet's Romeo & Juliet starring Maria Kochetkova on Tuesday, August 9 all starting at 7:00 pm local time. A list of cinemas for each showing can be found by clicking on the grey "more info" button and then on the "Theater Locations" tab once you click on the link above for each performance.
Discount on Events at T-Buds Tea Lounge
Looking for somewhere nice to host a family birthday party, wedding or baby shower or other event? Or do you need catering? T-Buds in North Toronto is happy to offer Tours en l'air subscribers up to 20% off catering or special events. I can recommend the food highly and their prices are already very reasonable even without the discount. Please contact me for details.
Videos
The exquisite pas de deux from Jerome Robbins' In G (which you can see on our Amsterdam-Paris trip!)

Vienna State Ballet's Davide Dato in Don Quixote

Running late for work ... at Paris Opera Ballet (yes, it's your obligatory Mathieu Ganio video)

Two pas de deux to Duke Ellington by Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dutch National Ballet in their latest program:

Jurgita Dronina, now of National Ballet of Canada, and Mathias Heymann of Paris Opera Ballet in Grand Pas Classique (those relevés on one foot in her solo make my ankles hurt just watching them!)

The Royal Danish Ballet's Alban Lendorf doing that Bournonville thing:


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Amsterdam and Paris Ballet Trip May 2017

This is the preliminary itinerary. For the brochure with full information, please click here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/amsterdam-paris-ballet-trip-may-2017.html 

Signup deadline is SEPTEMBER 10.

There are already over 30 people who will receive priority notification when booking opens in August, so if you want to be one of them, send an email to toursenlair@gmail.com. This does not commit you to joining the trip.

Amsterdam and Paris

in Tulip Time

30 April – 10 May 2017

11 days, 10 nights

3 ballet performances + 1 optional

The world's first ballet company,

Paris Opera Ballet, plus Dutch National Ballet in an all-Balanchine program, and its Junior Company performing works by 
the three major Dutch choreographers,

Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and Toer van Schayk



Amsterdam
Sunday April 30 AMSTERDAM

Arrive Amsterdam. Check in to hotel, a few minutes walk from Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. 
 

Monday May 1 AMSTERDAM

1030 am: Private guided tour of the highlights of the Rijksmuseum (1 hour). Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner followed by performance of Dutch National Ballet Junior Company: works by the three major Dutch choreographers, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, and Toer van Schayk, plus 3 other works.


Tuesday May 2 AMSTERDAM

Day at leisure


Wednesday May 3 AMSTERDAM
Noon: Depart by private coach for the spectacular Keukenhof Garden



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1240 pm: Arrive Keukenhof. Visit Keukenhof (about 90 minutes). Evening performance of Dutch National Ballet: Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations (all Balanchine)



Thursday May 4 AMSTERDAM

Day at leisure.

Ghent
 
Friday May 5
AMSTERDAM – GHENT - PARIS

830am: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury washroom-equipped private coach to Paris. Noon: Arrive Ghent, Belgium. 12-minute cruise by private boat along the river from coach park to central Ghent. Lunch, followed by private guided 90-minute walking tour of historic Ghent, with a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral and van Eyck's masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Free time to stock up on Belgian chocolate, have a waffle or a cherry beer at an outdoor cafe, or stroll along the canals.

4 pm: Depart Ghent for Paris

830 pm: Arrive at 4-star Les Jardins du Marais hotel in the lovely Marais district.
 

Saturday May 6 PARIS

Day at leisure. Evening: 2-course dinner before Paris Opera Ballet performance: In G (Robbins), La Valse (Balanchine), Bolero (Cherkaoui) at the historic Palais Garnier opera house.
 Robbins In G:


Sunday May 7 PARIS

Day at leisure. Evening: Optional Paris Opera Ballet performance: Walkaround Time (Cunningham), Trio, Workwithinwork (both Forsythe). 

 

Monday May 8 PARIS

Day trip by private coach to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny. Private guided tour of the Musée des Impressionismes. Lunch. Return to Paris. Evening at leisure.
Le Moulin de Fourges restaurant
 
Gardens at Giverny

Claude Monet's house



Tuesday May 9 PARIS

Day at leisure. Guided tour of Paris Opera Garnier before farewell dinner.


Wednesday May 10 PARIS

Check out of hotel and depart Paris.





GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 25!

Do you love ballet but have a travelling companion who would like something less ballet-intensive? Check out our "Wine-Food-Sightseeing-and-a-bit-of-ballet" trip to the south of France in July 2017. More info here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/08/food-wine-sightseeingand-ballet-trip.html

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Winter's Tale New York Casting: National Ballet of Canada

 

Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale

All performances at the David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center
*Debut
All casting subject to change

For more information and to buy tickets, visit LincolnCenterFestival.org or go to the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall box offices or call Center Charge at 212 721 6500.

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