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, November 29, 2016

National Ballet of Canada Nutcracker casting


All shows at Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, December 2016. All casting subject to change. 
UPDATED DEC. 7.



The Sugar Plum Fairy Peter / The Nutcracker Snow Queen Baba Uncle Nikolai
December 10 at 2:00 pm Jurgita Dronina Piotr Stanczyk Xiao Nan Yu Lise-Marie Jourdain Jonathan Renna
December 10 at 7:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Alexandra MacDonald Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
December 11 at 1:00 pm Jurgita Dronina  Guillaume Côté Elena Lobsanova Tiffany Mosher Jack Bertinshaw
December 11 at 5:30 pm Greta Hodgkinson Harrison James Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
December 13 at 7:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Alexandra MacDonald Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
December 14 at 7:00 pm Jurgita Dronina Piotr Stanczyk Xiao Nan Yu Lise-Marie Jourdain Jonathan Renna
December 15 at 7:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox  Emma Hawes Stephanie Hutchison Jack Bertinshaw
December 16 at 7:00 pm Greta Hodgkinson Harrison James Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
December 17 at 2:00 pm Tina Pereira Naoya Ebe Jenna Savella Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
December 17 at 7:00 pm Jurgita Dronina Piotr Stanczyk Xiao Nan Yu Lise-Marie Jourdain Jonathan Renna
December 18 at 1:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox  Emma Hawes Stephanie Hutchison Spencer Hack*
December 18 at 5:30 pm Greta Hodgkinson Harrison James Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
December 20 at 7:00 pm Tina Pereira Naoya Ebe Jenna Savella Lise-Marie Jourdain Dylan Tedaldi
December 21 at 7:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox  Emma Hawes Stephanie Hutchison Jack Bertinshaw
December 22 at 7:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Alexandra MacDonald Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
December 23 at 7:00 pm Jurgita Dronina  Guillaume Côté Elena Lobsanova Tiffany Mosher Jonathan Renna
December 24 at 1:00 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Hannah Fischer Stephanie Hutchison Spencer Hack*
December 27 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Naoya Ebe Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
December 28 at 1:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Francesco Gabriele Frola* Jenna Savella Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
December 28 at 5:30 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Hannah Fischer Stephanie Hutchison Spencer Hack*
December 29 at 5:30 pm Jurgita Dronina  Guillaume Côté Elena Lobsanova Tiffany Mosher Jonathan Renna
December 30 at 1:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Francesco Gabriele Frola* Jenna Savella Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
December 30 at 5:30 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Hannah Fischer Stephanie Hutchison Spencer Hack*
December 31 at 1:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox  Emma Hawes Tiffany Mosher Jack Bertinshaw

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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Svetlana Lunkina & Bolshoi Ballet Bright Stream screening February 12

Tours en l'air is hoping to arrange a special screening of Alexei Ratmansky's hugely entertaining and very funny ballet The Bright Stream on Sunday 12 February 9:30 am. at the Yonge and Dundas Cineplex theatre in Toronto.

This ballet, starring National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Svetlana Lunkina and the Bolshoi, follows the shenanigans on a collective farm and is chock-full of great dancing. True love wins out in the end.

For a private screening to happen, there need to be at least 100 people in attendance. Ticket price will be $25 including HST. I can arrange this only if I am certain sufficient numbers will sign up.

Please email me at toursenlair@gmail.com if you are likely to attend this. And please spread the word among your friends.

https://youtu.be/gyen7YV2FT4


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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Win tix to Royal Ballet Nutcracker in Toronto



December 23 and 26, 1230 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst, Toronto   416.637.3123  

Courtesy of Hot Docs, Tours en l'air has 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the December 26 screening!

To enter the contest, email toursenlair@gmail.com with the subject line SUGARPLUM before December 12.

By entering the contest, you agree to subscribe to the Tours en l'air newsletter. 
The Sugar Plum Fairy
Lauren Cuthbertson
The Prince
Federico Bonelli
Clara
Francesca Hayward
Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker
Alexander Campbell
Herr Drosselmeyer
Gary Avis
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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Win tix to Benjamin Millepied documentary in Toronto

The HotDocs Ted Rogers Cinema (formerly the Bloor Cinema), 506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst, Toronto  416.637.3123,  will be showing the documentary about Benjamin Millepied's time as artistic director of Paris Opera Ballet. Called Relève in French, it has been titled Reset  in English. 

Courtesy of the cinema, Tours en l'air has tickets to give away to the December 23 at 600 pm screening ONLY. To enter the draw, email toursenlair@gmail.com with the subject line MILLEPIED.
Contest closes 11:59 pm December 9th.
 
Showings
Fri, Dec 23 6:00 PM Buy
Sun, Dec 25 6:30 PM Buy
Mon, Dec 26 9:00 PM Buy
Tue, Dec 27 1:00 PM Buy
Wed, Dec 28 4:00 PM Buy
Wed, Dec 28 8:45 PM Buy
Thu, Dec 29 6:30 PM Buy
Fri, Dec 30 6:30 PM Buy

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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Erik Bruhn Competition Winners



Choreography: Marc Jubete, Hamburg Ballet, Remember

Dancers: Natasha Sheehan (17), Angelo Greco (21), both San Francisco Ballet
Giselle pas de deux, Foragers (Myles Thatcher) 

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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647
 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ballet trip to Zurich and Munich April 2017

DRAFT ITINERARY
BOOKING OPENS EARLY DECEMBER, AT WHICH TIME PACKAGE PRICE WILL BE FINALIZED.

Although casting will not be announced for some time yet, the Bavarian State Ballet counts the following international ballet stars in its roster:

Maria Shirinkina


Natalia Osipova (Guest Principal)
Svetlana Zakharova (Guest Principal)




Ballet in
Zurich and Munich
3 – 13 April 2017

11 days, 10 nights

8 ballet performances



Optional 2-day extension

1-3 April

2 nights

1 ballet performance



escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



BALLET BUCKET LIST*
Alexei Ratmansky's recreation of the original Petipa/Ivanov Swan Lake

*Your checklist for ballets, companies, performers, experiences that every ballet lover should enjoy at least once in their life



Sightseeing in beautiful

Switzerland and Bavaria

and masterpieces by Cranko, Petipa/Ivanov, MacMillan, and Ashton in a ballet-filled week


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Monday 3 April: ZURICH (B)

Arrive Zurich. Check in to 4-star hotel, a short walk from Zurich Opera House 
 

Tuesday 4 April: ZURICH (B,D)

Morning: Private guided bus tour of Zurich. Afternoon: Private guided tour of Zurich Opera House. Evening: welcome dinner then performance of Zurich Ballet: Swan Lake (Reconstruction of original Petipa/Ivanov version by Alexei Ratmansky)




Wednesday 5 April: ZURICH (B,D)

Morning: Watch Zurich Ballet company class.  Afternoon at leisure. Suggested activities: 

  • take a boat cruise on the Limmat river, lined with guild houses, or the Zurichsee
  • visit the Kunsthaus, Switzerland's major art gallery
  • window shop or visit the clock museum along chic Bahnhofstrasse
  • admire Chagall's stained-glass windows in the Fraumunster
  • savour the world's best chocolate at Zurich's many chocolate shops, or book a chocolate-tasting tour

Evening: Traditional Swiss fondue dinner
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Thursday 6 April: ZURICH - MUNICH (B)

Morning at leisure. Check out of hotel. Transfer by train (4 hours) to Munich. Check in to 3-star Domus hotel,10 minutes walk from Nationaltheater 

 

Friday 7 April: MUNICH (B)

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: 2-hour private guided walking tour of the historic centre of Munich. Evening: performance of Stanislavsky Ballet, Mayerling (MacMillan).


Saturday 8 April: MUNICH (B)

Visit to Nymphenburg palace with private guided tour. Afternoon at leisure. Private guided tour of the Nationaltheater, Munich's opera house. Evening: performance of Bavarian State Ballet: Spartacus (Grigorovich).


Sunday 9 April: MUNICH (B)

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: Symphony in C (Balanchine), In the Night (Robbins), Adam Is (Barton).


Monday 10 April: MUNICH (B)

Optional: train trip to the beautiful Bavarian Alps to visit Herrenchiemsee, one of “Mad” King Ludwig II's numerous castle-building projects.

Other suggested activities:

visit one of Munich's many renowned museums

stroll in the lovely English Garden

have some classic coffee and cake at a cafe

car lovers can visit the BMW museum

if you love to shop, visit the luxury outlet shopping village in Ingolstadt, one hour by train from Munich

take a day trip to Nuremberg, one hour from Munich

Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (Cranko) 
 

Tuesday 11 April: MUNICH (B,D)

Day at leisure. Evening: Bavarian State Ballet: La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)


Wednesday 12 April: MUNICH (B)
Daytrip by train to Augsburg (50 minutes from Munich). Afternoon: guided walking tour of Historic Augsburg. Evening: farewell dinner before  Ballet Augsburg: Carmen (Valentina Turcu),  Bolero (Riccardo De Nigrisille). Return to Munich.

Thursday 13 April: MUNICH (B)

Check out of hotel and depart Munich.


Optional 2-day extension
Saturday 1 April: ZURICH (B)

Arrive Zurich. Check in to 4-star Opera Hotel, two minutes walk from Zurich Opera House



Sunday 2 April: ZURICH (B)

Afternoon: Zurich Ballet Junior company performance: Un Ballo (Kylián) and new works by Benoît Favre, Filipe Portugal and Cayetano Soto

If you are interested in this trip, please email Katherine Barber at toursenlair@gmail.com . This is not a commitment, just an expression of interest.

Please also check out our May ballet trip to London by clicking here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/11/ballet-trip-to-london-may-2017.html 

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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647