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
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, 101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5, 416-736-6010, TICO # 1892647

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Tea and Talk with Evan McKie

photo credit: Yumiko Inoue

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays

presents

 "Tea and McKie"
 
Q&A with National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer and international ballet star 

EVAN McKIE, 
 who will talk about his upcoming Toronto performances in 
John Neumeier's Nijinsky and 
Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale. 
A rare opportunity for a one-hour in-depth chat with Evan!
 
Tea and desserts will be served

Photo credit: Artwave

DATE: Sunday November 5
TIME: 4 to 6:30 pm
VENUE: St Thomas's Anglican Church Hall 

383 Huron Street, Toronto
one block west of St George, one block south of Bloor
5 minutes walk from Spadina Station or St George exit of St. George Station
3 minutes walk from Sussex stop on Spadina streetcar
6 steps up from sidewalk to hall

PRICE: $40 incl tax

 A portion of the proceeds supports St Thomas's
refugee sponsorship program


TO BOOK:

email me at toursenlair@gmail.com to reserve your spot(s) and

either

1) arrange an Interac e-transfer to toursenlair@gmail.com

or

2) send a cheque to
Katherine Barber
201 Hanson St Toronto ON M4C 1A7


You can also get much more out of Nijinsky by attending my 6-week ballet appreciation course "Fokine, Nijinsky, and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes" this fall. More info here:  
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/02/ballet-appreciation-course-fokine.html

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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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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

National Ballet of Canada Nijinsky casting (Paris)

 
      Guillaume Côté in Nijinsky. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Principal casting has been announced for The National Ballet of Canada's performances of John Neumeier's Njinsky on tour at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Updated September 30.




Vaslav Nijinsky 
Romola Nijinsky
Serge Diaghilev 
Tuesday October 3
@ 730 pm
Guillaume Côté
Heather Ogden
Evan McKie
Wednesday October 4
@ 730 pm
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Svetlana Lunkina
Piotr Stanczyk
Friday October 6
@ 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Sonia Rodriguez
Piotr Stanczyk
Saturday October 7
@ 730 pm
Guillaume Côté
Heather Ogden
Evan McKie
Sunday October 8
@ 4 pm
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Svetlana Lunkina
Piotr Stanczyk

If you live in Toronto and want to hear how it all went, and more about Nijinsky from Evan McKie himself, why not come to my "Tea and McKie" event on November 5? More info here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/08/tea-and-talk-with-evan-mckie.html

Casting subject to change. 
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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


Friday, August 18, 2017

Ballet in Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg Summer 2018


escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber

presents

Ballet in 
Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg
DRAFT ITINERARY

BOOKING WILL OPEN FALL 2017 AT WHICH TIME FINALIZED PRICING WILL BE AVAILABLE
 
29 June – 9 July 2018
11 days, 10 nights
6 ballet performances by four major ballet companies

BALLET-LOVERS' BUCKET LIST
The Hamburg Ballet performing works by John Neumeier
Neumeier's Illusions...like Swan Lake
Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering

Semperoper Dresden

Friday June 29 DRESDEN
Arrive Dresden. Check in to five-star Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss, 5-minute walk from opera house.

Saturday June 30 DRESDEN
Attend daily ballet class and working rehearsals of Dresden Semperoper Ballet (TO BE CONFIRMED). Rest of day at leisure. Three-course welcome dinner.

Sunday July 1 DRESDEN
Morning: Private guided walking tour of beautiful historic Dresden, with a visit to the mind-boggling “Green Vault” priceless treasure chamber of the Saxon dukes. Afternoon at leisure. Early evening performance of Dresden Semperoper Ballet: Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Heatscape (Peck), Political Mother (Schechter) at the palatial Semperoper Dresden. Three-course dinner.

https://youtu.be/SIs3uMG8DlY?t=46s 

Justin Peck's Heatscape

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Monday July 2 DRESDEN – BERLIN
Morning: check out of hotel. Transfer by private coach to Berlin (approx. 2½ hours).
2-hour private guided coach tour of Berlin. Mid-afternoon: check into the superior 4-star Arcotel John F hotel in the Unter den Linden district of central Berlin. 3-course dinner before Berlin State Ballet: Don Quixote.

Tuesday July 3 BERLIN
Backstage tour of the newly refurbished Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Rest of day at leisure. Suggested activities: Visit one or more of the museums on Berlin's famous Museumsinsel, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

Sanssouci Palace

Wednesday July 4 BERLIN – HAMBURG Morning: Check out of hotel. Private guided tour of the magnificent Unesco World Heritage Sanssouci Palace, home of Frederick the Great, and Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam conference to end the Second World War. Afternoon: continue by express train (1 ½ hours) to Hamburg. Check in to Scandic Hotel Emporio Hamburg. Evening: 3-course dinner before National Ballet of Canada performance: Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite), The Man in Black (Kudelka)



Colonnaden, Hamburg



Thursday July 5 HAMBURG
Morning: 2-hour walking tour of central Hamburg. Afternoon at leisure. Recommended activities: take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg and its port or discover Hamburg's many canals on a boat tour. Take a tour through the City Hall or visit the chocolate museum. Go shopping along the elegant Colonnaden. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance of John Neumeier's brilliant reinterpretation of Swan Lake.

Friday July 6 HAMBURG
day trip to LÜBECK
Morning: depart by train for the Unesco World Heritage medieval town of Lübeck (45 minutes from Hamburg). 2-hour walking tour, followed by free time to shop for or indulge in the famous local Niederegger marzipan. Late afternoon: return by train to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance: Beethoven Project (Neumeier)

Bremen Market Square
Saturday July 7 HAMBURG
Day trip to BREMEN
Morning: depart by train for Bremen (1 h 10 minutes from Hamburg), Germany's oldest maritime city, with one of its most beautiful market squares. 2-hour private guided walking tour of the old town followed by free time to explore. Mid-afternoon: return to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet all-Robbins performance: The Concert, Dances at a Gathering.

Fischauktionshalle, Hamburg

Sunday July 8 HAMBURG
Day at leisure. Suggested activities: enjoy Hamburg's lively fish market (not just fish: fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, souvenirs...), a Sunday morning tradition since 1703 . Visit the art galleries, go for a stroll in the botanical garden or take a guided tour through the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Evening: Farewell three-course dinner.

Monday July 9 HAMBURG
Check out of hotel and depart Hamburg.

Hamburg

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 25!


Dresden


LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point,
on the dates and times you prefer,
and to extend your stay if you wish.
Victor Travel's experienced agents
will be happy to assist you with
flight arrangements.

Package includes:
10 nights double-share accommodation (guaranteed single occupancy available on payment of single supplement)
Premium seats for 6 ballets
Transfer by private luxury coach from Dresden to Berlin
Private guided coach tour of Berlin
Excursion by private luxury coach to Potsdam
Admission to Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof Palace with private tour
Train transfer to Hamburg
Day excursions by train to Lübeck and Bremen
Private guided walking tours of Dresden (including “Green Vault”), Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen
Visit to Dresden Semperoper Ballet daily class and rehearsals (TO BE CONFIRMED)
Five 3-course dinners
Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)
Tips for group meals, bus excursions, and guides
Free wifi in hotels
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Not included:
Airfare
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation insurance
and hospital/medical insurance
All items and activities listed as optional in this brochure

To be added to the priority notification list for when this trip opens for booking, please send an email to toursenlair@gmail.com

This program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on (subject to availability), but we cannot offer individual components separately or break the package into shorter installments. As a significant benefit of the Tours en l'air package is sharing the complete experience with those with common interests, we do not offer an “accommodation only” option.

Travellers wishing to share will be
put in touch with one another.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering


What the critics say:
Semperoper Ballett, under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin, is a company
that can take anything on.”
Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe, July 2015

for more fabulous escorted vacations
for information on Katherine's highly popular
ballet appreciation courses

For more information about this trip:
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
phone: 416.693.4496

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ballet on TV Ontario

https://youtu.be/g9K8ofhmOqk
 

Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir love to dance, but have they got what it takes to be the best? This warm-hearted, inspiring film introduces us to three very different young friends who are all passionate about ballet. As the boys near the end of high school, they must decide whether they have the commitment and skill to make a career in dance. In a field dominated by girls, the boys have forged a strong friendship, brilliantly captured here, which will be challenged by the choices they make at this vital stage in their lives.

Available to watch online from TV Ontario (probably only in Canada) until September 10, 2017

http://tvo.org/video/documentaries/ballet-boys

The Agenda in the Summer invites Anton Tcherny and Ryan Tomash, two National Ballet School students, to discuss their pursuit of dance, what sacrifices they've made and what makes learning ballet different for boys.
http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/boys-on-point


Nam Kiwanuka talks with National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Harrison James about his early years at the New Zealand School of Dance, his ascendancy in the discipline and what it takes to make it as a professional male ballet performer.
http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/man-in-flight


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Katherine Barber
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

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jerome Robbins at Vail Dance Festival 2017

A great video from Vail of a selection of Jerome Robbins Ballets, starring Daniel Ulbricht, Lauren Lovette, Tiler Peck, Jared Angle, Herman Cornejo, Isabella Boylston, Calvin Royal III, Unity Phelan, Carla Korbes, Michelle Dorrance, Devon Teuscher, Joseph Gordon, Damian Woetzel
plus footage of Natalia Makarova
https://youtu.be/mbLMSpkX31w



Don't forget, New York City Ballet is having a special all-Robbins run in May 2018, and Tours en l'air will be offering a trip. 

May 17 - 20 5 performances

New York

New York City Ballet
All Jerome Robbins 
Interplay, In the Night, The Cage, Other Dances, Fanfare 


Opus 19/The Dreamer, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces 


In G Major, Afternoon of a Faun, Antique Epigraphs, The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) 


Dybbuk, Fancy Free, West Side Story Suite



 American Ballet Theatre


 TBA 
Let me know if you're interested! Booking will open in March 2018.

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Katherine Barber
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

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
 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fall for Dance Festival NY program announced

https://youtu.be/4m_NVW3Y5fk

Alexei Ratmansky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher performed by Dutch National Ballet

Fall for Dance Festival


OCT 2 – 14, 2017
ALL SEATS $15
TICKETS ON SALE SEP 10 AT 11am

From tap to tango and hip-hop to ballet, the 14th annual Fall for Dance Festival brings the best of dance to City Center. Renowned companies from around the world perform alongside bold new artists.

ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8pm

MON OCT 2 & TUE OCT 3
*Miami City Ballet  New Troy Schumacher (World Premiere)  Troy Schumacher
Vincent Mantsoe  GULA  Vincent Sekwati KoKo Mantsoe
Trisha Brown Dance Company  You can see us  Trisha Brown
*Dorrance Dance  Myelination (World Premiere)  Michelle Dorrance


WED OCT 4 & THU OCT 5
Pennsylvania Ballet  Rush© (NY Premiere)  Christopher Wheeldon
Cie Art Move Concept  Nibiru (US Premiere)  Soria Rem and Mehdi Ouachek
Stephen Petronio Company  Bloodlines: Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton
German Cornejo’s Tango Fire  Tango Fire  German Cornejo


FRI OCT 6 & SAT OCT 7
Sanjukta Sinha, IceCraft Dance Company  Kin-Incede (US Premiere)  Padma Bhusan Kumudini Lakhia
American Ballet Theatre  Souvenir d’un lieu cher  Alexei Ratmansky
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  Open Door  Ronald K. Brown
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo  Paquita  after Marius Petipa


WED OCT 11 & THU OCT 12
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart  Streams (US Premiere)  Andonis Foniadakis
*Abraham.In.Motion  Drive (World Premiere)  Kyle Abraham
**Sara Mearns and Honji Wang  No. 1 (World Premiere)  Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramierz
Ballet BC  Bill  Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar


FRI OCT 13 & SAT OCT 14
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago  Solo Echo  Crystal Pite
San Francisco Ballet  Concerto Grosso  Helgi Tomasson
*David Hallberg  Twelve of ‘em (World Premiere)  Mark Morris
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba  Matria Etnocentra (US Premiere)  George Céspedes

*Commissioned by New York City Center for Fall for Dance
**Co-Commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, New York City Center for Fall for Dance, and Fall for Dance North


Buying Fall for Dance Tickets


Tickets for Fall for Dance will go on sale on Sunday, September 10 at 11am.

Three Ways to Buy Tickets

ONLINE: City Center’s website:
http://www.nycitycenter.org/Home
BY PHONE: CityTix 212.581.1212
IN PERSON: 131 W 55th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), New York, NY


Buying Tickets Online

Due to the heavy demand for Fall for Dance tickets at City Center, an online waiting room has been created to protect the website from overcrowding.
The waiting room will open on Saturday, September 10 at 10am. If you are on our website earlier than 10am, you must refresh your browser sometime after 10am in order to be placed into the waiting room queue.
Visitors who arrive before 11am will be assigned a random number once tickets go on sale at 11am. Visitors arriving after 11am will be placed at the end of the line. Your position in line will progress until it is your turn to gain access. At that time, you will be automatically redirected to the Fall for Dance ticketing page.

Ticket Limits

There is a four-ticket limit per person per show.

Fees

A $2.50 facility fee will be added to the price of every ticket. Telephone and online orders will be charged a $6.50 handling fee per ticket; there are no handling fees for tickets purchased in person. No exchanges or refunds.

Mobile Devices

The ticket buying experience is not optimized for mobile phones.

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Katherine Barber
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

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