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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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Reid Anderson biography now available



A new biography by Angela Reinhardt and Gary Smith looks at the life of Stuttgart Ballet Artistic Director Reid Anderson, starting with his early life in Canada and then as a dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, and Artistic Director of Ballet BC, The National Ballet of Canada, and Stuttgart Ballet.

The book is available in a German version and an English version. This is the link for the English version on amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Reid-Anderson-Having-Dancer-Director/dp/3894877901/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492958967&sr=8-2&keywords=reid+anderson+having+it

Reid Anderson will be retiring in July 2018, and Tours en l'air will be offering a trip to Stuttgart for the celebrations. Details will be announced in June. Sign up for the Tours en l'air newsletter to be kept up to date on this and other fantastic ballet trips in 2017-18.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Evelyn Hart stars in new Kudelka ballet



Photo: Former RWB Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart and RWB Corps de Ballet Dancer Liam Caines; Photo Credit: David Cooper

Vespers


World Premiere

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian ballet icon Evelyn Hart joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers, a new ballet choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.
Vespers combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.
Claudio Montevardi’s stunning score is performed by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting. This emotionally powerful ballet features iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart in a role created especially for her.
Photo: Former RWB Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart and RWB Corps de Ballet Dancer Liam Caines; Photo Credit: David Cooper



Show Times

Winnipeg, MB
Wed May 10 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Thu May 11 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Fri May 12 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Sat May 13 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Sun May 14 2017 2:00 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Running Time: 1:38 (Act 1: 44 minutes / Intermission: 20 minutes / Act 2: 34 minutes)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

2018 Tours en l'air Ballet trips



Although some companies have not yet announced their 2017-18 seasons, Tours en l'air has identified some great ballet travel opportunities for 2018. Please see below, and do let me know if any of them tempt you.

2018

March 12 - 21, 2018
(10 days, 4 performances)
Vienna and Budapest (day trip to Bratislava)
Vienna State Ballet
Raymonda (Nureyev)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations (both Balanchine), Bach Suite III (Neumeier),The Concert (Robbins)
Hungarian National Ballet
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Rostislav)
Slovak National Theatre Ballet  
Esmeralda (Medvedev after Petipa)
 
April 14 - 23, 2018
(10 days, 9 performances)
Munich
Bavarian State Ballet
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Neumeier)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon)
Spartacus (Grigorovich)
Bavarian State Ballet Junior Company and School Performance
Anna Karenina (Spuck)
Borderlands, Kairos, New Creation (McGregor)
The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Onegin (Cranko)

April 26 – 30 (5 days, 4 performances)
San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet
Festival of New Works
12 new works by: David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Yuri Possokhov, Dwight Rhoden, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon.

May 26 – 27 (2 days, 2 performances)
Boston
Boston Ballet
Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Chaconne (all Balanchine)
La Sylphide, Excerpts from Napoli, Flower Festival in Genzano, Abdallah (all Bournonville)

June
Copenhagen
Royal Danish Ballet
Ballet Festival: program & dates TBA

late June
Chicago
Paris Opera Ballet
Repertoire and dates TBA, but drawn from:
La Sylphide (Lacotte),
Blake Works (Forsythe), Etudes (Lander),
Le Jeune homme et la mort (Petit) and
works by Crystal Pite and Ivan Perez

June 29 - July 8
Berlin and Hamburg (day trip to Dresden)
Berlin State Ballet
Don Quixote
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Heatscape (Peck), Political Mother (Schechter)
National Ballet of Canada
Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite),The Man in Black (Kudelka)
Hamburg Ballet
Illusions...like Swan Lake (Neumeier)
Beethoven Project (Neumeier)
The Concert, Dances at a Gathering  (Robbins)  
 
mid-July
Stuttgart
Stuttgart Ballet
Reid Anderson retirement celebration: program & dates TBA


Other 2017-18 trips will be added as the ballet companies announce their seasons

 
Please let us know which trips you are potentially interested in and available for. 

This is just an expression of interest,
NOT a commitment to join the trip. It puts you on the priority list when booking officially opens, and you also get to have some input during the planning process concerning your preferences. Some trips sell out, so you want your name to be in there!

phone: 416-693-4496 
 
website: www.toursenlair.blogspot.ca

 


Tours en l'air has been offering meticulously designed and planned ballet-themed vacations in partnership with CWT Victor Travel since 2010. We have now completed more than 25 of these vacations, in both
North America and Europe.
Typically our groups, which vary in size from 10 to

 30 participants, are constituted of about half 
 
returning clients (many of whom have gone on

 several Tours en l'air trips) and half new clients.

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip to Germany and ALL that that included, not just ballet. You sure know how to fill one’s eyes, ears and mind with sights, sounds, history and true beauty. It was and will remain a most memorable trip. I do sincerely hope there will be
another in our future.”

-- Bill and Mandy Macrae,
Collingwood, Ontario
(Berlin and Dresden, April 2016)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Royal Ballet Jewels in Cinema (Toronto): Ticket giveaway

https://youtu.be/q7ARFCFOyf0



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will be showing Balanchine's Jewels performed by the Royal Ballet, Saturday 13 May at 1130 am. Once again the cinema has generously provided 10 pairs of tickets for Tours en l'air to give away.

To enter your name in the contest, send an email with the subject heading JEWELS to toursenlair@gmail.com.

Contest closes midnight May 1.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Royal Ballet in Cinema 2017-18 season

Please click on the titles to find a venue and date near you. In Toronto these are likely to be shown at Hot Docs Cinema. Sign up for the Tours en l'air newsletter to be kept up to date on showings and also for ticket giveaways.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

23 October 2017
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

The Nutcracker

5 December 2017
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.


The Winter's Tale

28 February 2018
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.


New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

27 March 2018
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.


Manon

3 May 2018
Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

Swan Lake

12 June 2018
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

For Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2017-18 season, click here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/04/bolshoi-in-cinema-2017-18-season.html 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Win tix for "Margot" film at Hot Docs in Toronto





Margot
163 Minutes | 2005 | UK |
Sun, May 7 2:15 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Buy Tickets

Tours en l'air has a pair of tickets to give away to this screening, courtesy of Hot Docs. To enter the draw,
send an email with the subject line FONTEYN
to toursenlair@gmail.com
Contest closes midnight April 21.
 
One of Palmer’s great classical portraits, here is a doc brimming with the stuff of fiction— talent, courage, sex and scandal—in the true rise and fall of legendary English ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Naturally there’s superb archival film of Fonteyn, including performances in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Giselle. But Palmer demonstrates an ability to extract new meaning from these selections as he integrates new original scenes, including interviews with fellow dancers, partners and others who knew and loved her. Fonteyn’s scandalous off-stage life was under constant scrutiny. She was once held for questioning in a Panama City prison on suspicion of taking part in a coup attempt. Two years later, at the age of 42, Margot’s electrifying partnership with Russian defector Rudolf Nureyev (then 24) caused even more gossip. The film is ultimately a testament to a true artist, one who tragically descended into obscurity and poverty. Michael McNamara

Director(s):Tony Palmer
Producer(s):Melvyn Bragg
Editor(s):Tony Palmer
Writer(s):Tony Palmer
Cinematographer(s):Anne Dodsworth
Composer(s):Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sergei Prokofiev
Sound:Lance England

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bolshoi in Cinema 2017-18 season


Dates at your local venue may vary.
Please check 
or (in North America)
Sunday


Le Corsaire


Live from Moscow
Music
Adolphe Adam
Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto
Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier edited by Marius Petipa

Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.

Sunday


The Taming of the Shrew


Captured live on Jan 24, 2016
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography
Jean-Christophe Maillot
By
William Shakespeare
Distribution
Ekaterina Krysanova (Katharina)
Vladislav Lantratov (Petruchio)
Olga Smirnova (Bianca)
Semyon Chudin (Lucentio)
Igor Tsvirko (Hortensio)
Vyacheslav Lopatin (Gremio)
Artemy Belyakov (Baptista)
Anna Tikhomirova (the Housekeeper)

 

Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter.
Sunday


The Nutcracker


Captured live on Dec 21, 2014
Music
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Chorégraphie
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto
Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after the fairy-tale of the same name by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, ideas from the scenario by Marius Petipa used
Distribution
Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker-Prince)
Anna Nikulina (Marie)
Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer)
Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King)
The Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

 

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure.
 
  
Sunday


Romeo and Juliet New production


Live from Moscow
Music
Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky

 

In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy…
Sunday


The Lady of the Camellias


Captured live on Dec 06, 2015
Music
Frédéric Chopin
Choreography
John Neumeier
Libretto by
Alexandre Dumas
Distribution
Svetlana Zakharova (Marguerite Gautier)
Edvin Revazov (Armand Duval)
Anna Tikhomirova (Manon Lescaut)
Semyon Chudin (Des Grieux)
Kristina Kretova (Prudence Duvernoy)
Mikhail Lobukhin (Gaston Rieux)
Anna Antropova (Nanina)
Andrei Merkuriev (Monsieur Duval)
Daria Khokhlova (Olympia)

 

As he arrives in Paris for the first time, the young and naive Armand is utterly captivated after meeting the ravishing and most desirable courtesan Marguerite Gautier. Their encounter gives birth to a passionate yet doomed love…
Sunday


The Flames of Paris


Live from Moscow
Music
Boris Asafiev
Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto
Nikolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev

 

In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way…
Sunday


Giselle


Captured live on Oct 11, 2015
Music
Adolphe Adam
Choreography
Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto
Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges
Distribution
Svetlana Zakharova (Giselle)
Sergei Polunin (Albrecht)
Ekaterina Shipulina (Myrtha)
Denis Savin (Hans)
Daria Khokhlova/Igor Tsvirko
The Bolshoi's corps de ballet
When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death…
Sunday


Coppélia


Live from Moscow
Music
Leo Delibes
Choreography
Sergei Vikharev
Libretto
Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon

 

Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…
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