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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Friday, February 16, 2018

National Ballet of Canada Four Seasons Casting 2018



 https://youtu.be/xwIYYbHZoBA

All casting subject to change. All performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, University at Queen, Toronto. Also on the program: Crystal Pite's Emergence and Robert Binet's Dreamers Ever Leave You. Buy tickets here:
https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2017-18-Season/Made-in-Canada

 


A Man
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Wednesday February 28 @ 730 pm
Guillaume Côté
Jillian Vanstone
Greta Hodgkinson
Jenna Savella
Xiao Nan Yu
Thursday March 1 @ 2 pm
Brendan Saye*
Jordana Daumec*
Emma Hawes*
Hannah Fischer*
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Thursday March 1 @ 730 pm
Christopher Gerty*
Chelsy Meiss
Heather Ogden
Tanya Howard*
Stephanie Hutchison
Friday March 2 @ 730 pm
Guillaume Côté
Jillian Vanstone
Greta Hodgkinson
Jenna Savella
Xiao Nan Yu
Saturday March 3 @ 2 pm
Brendan Saye*
Jordana Daumec*
Emma Hawes*
Hannah Fischer*
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Saturday March 3 @ 730 pm
Guillaume Côté
Jillian Vanstone
Greta Hodgkinson
Jenna Savella
Xiao Nan Yu
Sunday March 4 @ 2 pm
Christopher Gerty*
Chelsy Meiss
Heather Ogden
Tanya Howard*
Stephanie Hutchison





 

La Scala ballet gala

https://youtu.be/BjIPKvkiYfQ


Manon Pas de deux Act I, Scene II 
Melissa Hamilton, Claudio Coviello 
choreography Kenneth MacMillan 
music Jules Massenet 

La rose malade 
Maria Eichwald, Mick Zeni 
ballet by Roland Petit 
music Gustav Mahler 

Grand Pas Classique 
Alina Somova, Leonid Sarafanov 
choreography Victor Gsovskij 
music Daniel-François Auber

Carmen Pas de deux 
Polina Semionova, Roberto Bolle 
ballet by Roland Petit 
music Georges Bizet 

The Dying Swan 
Svetlana Zakharova 
choreography Mikhail Fokine
music Camille Saint-Saëns 

Don Quixote Grand Pas de deux Act III 
Nicoletta Manni, Ivan Vasiliev 
choreography Marius Petipa 
music Ludwig Minkus 

Light Rain Pas de deux 
Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino 
choreography Gerald Arpino 
music Douglas Adams and Russ Gauthier 

Romeo and Juliet Pas de deux Act I, Scene VI 
Maria Eichwald, Massimo Murru 
choreography Kenneth MacMillan
music Sergej Prokofiev 

Spartacus Pas de deux 
Maria Vinogradova, Ivan Vasiliev 
choreography Yuri Grigorovich 
music Aram Il'ič Khachaturian

Prototype 
Roberto Bolle 
concept and choreography Massimiliano Volpini 
original music Piero Salvatori produced by Fausto Dasè 
visual effects and video editing Avantgarde Numerique and Xchanges Vfx Design 

 Le Corsaire Pas de deux 
Svetlana Zakharova, Leonid Sarafanov 
choreography Marius Petipa music Riccardo Drigo

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

National Ballet of Canada 2018-19 season

https://youtu.be/8K8s3nkNP8M



The National Ballet of Canada’s 2018/19 Season

Touring

The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Man in Black & Emergence July 3 – 4, 2018, Großes Haus, Hamburg, Germany
Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream January 31 – February 2, 2019, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Fall for Dance North Festival

Paz de la Jolla October 2018, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

Fall Season

Anna Karenina North American Premiere A Ballet by John Neumeier
November 10 – 18, 2018
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s great prose masterwork, John Neumeier has adapted Anna Karenina in a two-act ballet set in present day rather than the 19th century, with music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke and Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam. The work of a great literary artist meeting the imagination of a great interpretive choreographer, Anna Karenina is an unforgettable ballet experience.
Being and Nothingness & The Dream
November 21 – 25, 2018
Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s landmark philosophical work of the same name. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the most universally admired ballet adaptations of the playwright’s work. 

Holiday Season

The NutcrackerDecember 8 – 30, 2018
The beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sold out for the past three seasons and returns for 26 performances in 2018. 

Winter Season

Paquita & Apollo & The Sea Above, The Sky Below March 1 – 3 and 20 – 21, 2019
Marius Petipa's Paquita dazzles with the panache and exoticism of 19th-century classicism and is a breathtaking example of technique. George Balanchine’s 1928 ballet, Apollo, almost singlehandedly established a new aesthetic that brought the language of classical ballet into a modern context, merging the past with the future in a way that would alter the conception of ballet forever. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s pas de trois The Sea Above, The Sky Below captivated audiences when it was performed at the 2017 MAD HOT BALLET Gala. 
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
March 7 – 17, 2019
Few children’s texts are as unique and have left such an imprint on the culture as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon brings his distinctive and imaginative sensibility to the work, creating a theatrical celebration like no other, with score by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz.   
The Thirteenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
March 23, 2019
See the future stars of ballet in one night! Dancers from companies around the world compete, performing classical and contemporary works. 

Summer Season

Physical Thinking Two Company Premieres
William Forsythe Programme
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude & Approximate Sonata 2016 & The Second Detail
June 1 – 8, 2019
William Forsythe, provocateur, poet and master of anarchic beauty, has extended the reach of modern dance as few other contemporary choreographers have done. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a short, but fiercely demanding work created in 1996, demonstrating the bracing excitement of pure classical technique. Approximate Sonata 2016 is more subdued Forsythe, a reflective assemblage of pas de deux, set to a hushed, minimalist piano score by Thom Willems. The Second Detail, an astonishing work that was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1991, is in many ways quintessential Forsythe – slyly mischievous, athletic and, above all, exhilarating.
MAD HOT BALLET Gala
June 12, 2019 


The Merry Widow
June 19 – 23, 2019
A frothy blend of comedy, romance and the delights of the Parisian Belle Époque in all its splendor, The Merry Widow entertains at every step. Based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow, premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1974 with the great Dame Margot Fonteyn in the lead role of Hanna Glawari, entered the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in 1986. 
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto 

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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ticket giveaway for Bolshoi Flames of Paris in Cinema

https://youtu.be/H-G_7kLPFrA

Courtesy of Cineplex Canada, Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays has 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the Bolshoi in Cinema broadcast of Alexei Ratmansky's Flames of Paris in select Cineplex theatres in Canada, March 4 at 1255.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is send an email to 
toursenlair@gmail.com
with the subject heading
FLAMES
Contest closes February 22 at midnight EST

Valid in Canada only. 

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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, February 6, 2018

Cast for cinema broadcast of Royal Ballet Winter's Tale



Casting for the cinema broadcast of Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale has been updated as of February 6. Broadcasts start February 28.
Hermione
Lauren Cuthbertson
Leontes
Ryoichi Hirano
Perdita
Sarah Lamb
Florizel
Vadim Muntagirov
Paulina
Laura Morera
Polixenes
Matthew Ball

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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
Presented in partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647



escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



presents



Ballet in New York:

Jerome Robbins

100th Anniversary Festival

17 – 20 May, 2018

4 days, 3 nights

5 ballet performances by two major ballet companies



BALLET-LOVERS' BUCKET LIST



New York City Ballet performing their signature Jerome Robbins repertoire





SIGNUP DEADLINE

23 FEBRUARY 2018




416-693-4496

for more information





GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!

Thursday May 17

Arrive New York. Check in to 4-star Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan Central Park, 8-minute walk from Lincoln Center. Evening: Meet a New York City Ballet dancer who will give us a private guided tour of “the house that Balanchine built”, the David H. Koch Theatre. Pre-performance talk, then New York City Ballet: All-Robbins: Interplay, In the Night, The Cage, Other Dances, Fanfare. Beginning with the lighthearted competition of a jazz-infused work, this colourful experience includes two of Robbins’ touchingly dramatic piano ballets and a plunge into the feral world of natural selection before concluding with a tour of the orchestra where dancers personify various instruments.



Friday May 18

Day at leisure. Evening: American Ballet Theatre performance: Giselle.


Saturday May 19

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: Pre-performance talk followed by New York City Ballet: All-Robbins: In G Major, Afternoon of a Faun, Antique Epigraphs, The Concert. Playful jazz accents suggest a chic Riviera setting, a chance encounter in a ballet studio captures two young dancers in a subtle and sensual pas de deux, and the sculptural forms of Greek antiquity inspire earthy fervour. A one-of-a-kind comedic ballet concludes the program, portraying a cast of quirky characters at a piano recital and their laugh-out-loud antics. This performance includes a See the Music segment. The conductor will discuss the score for The Concert through an orchestra demonstration.



Evening: New York City Ballet: All-Robbins: Opus 19/The Dreamer, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces. Three of Robbins’ most celebrated ballets unite to demonstrate his keen musical insight. Prokofiev’s feverish concerto sends a male protagonist on a dreamlike search for an ethereal counterpart, and Chopin’s piano works allow the spectrum of human interaction to be distilled into the most natural of movements. Seizing upon more modern styles, Philip Glass’s minimalism mimics the pulsating heartbeat of metropolitan life in charged, urban choreography.



Sunday May 20

Morning: check out of hotel. Midday: New York City Ballet wardrobe tour, followed by a private talk with an NYCB orchestra musician. New York City Ballet: All-Robbins Bernstein Collaborations. Two American masters converge in these high-energy story ballets. Fancy Free follows three soldiers on shore leave in the Big City, while Dybbuk delves into a mystical world with dreadful consequences. Renewing their international hit, West Side Story Suite brings audiences to the feuding streets of 1950s New York City with heart-rending poignancy.



Optional 1-day pre-extension

Wednesday 16 May

Check in to hotel. Evening: Pre-performance talk, then New York City Ballet: All-Robbins: Goldberg Variations, Les Noces. Robbins pays homage to two epic compositions with his grand vision and unceasing invention. The Goldberg Variations unifies the traditions of classical and modern movement in one monumental ballet to Bach’s epic score, and Les Noces finds its roots in primitive Russian folk themes, depicting a highly ritualized wedding with a full choir and four pianos onstage. (Category B ticket only).

Total Package Price



Basic Package

CA$2300 per person

based on double occupancy,

Category “B” seats

(front side orchestra)



Upgraded Seats Package

CA$2775 per person

based on double occupancy,

Category “A” seats

(front centre orchestra) for

New York City Ballet performances, Category “B” seats

(front side orchestra) for

American Ballet Theatre performance



Single supplement: CA$570



Optional 1-night pre-extension (May 16)

double occupancy: CA$500 per person

single supplement: CA$220



TO BOOK

Call Eric Moe at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



All prices valid till 23 February 2018



You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of any or all components of these arrangements



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.

Basic Package includes:

3 nights double-share accommodation

Daily hot and cold breakfast buffet

Category B seats for 5 performances

Free wifi in hotel

Ballet enrichment program:

Ballet Notes

Meet the Dancer

Meet the Musician

Wardrobe Tour



Upgraded Seats Package includes:

3 nights double-share accommodation

Daily hot and cold breakfast buffet

Category A seat for 4 New York City Ballet performances

Category B seat for ABT performance

Free wifi in hotel

Ballet enrichment program:

Ballet Notes

Meet the Dancer

Meet the Musician

Wardrobe Tour



One-day pre-extension includes:

1 night double-share accommodation

Hot and cold breakfast buffet

Category B seat for 1 performance

Free wifi in hotel

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes



Not included:

Airfare

Meals (other than breakfast) and transfers

Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls

Cancellation insurance

and hospital/medical insurance







For more information about this trip, contact Katherine Barber

:

email: toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496

Terms and Conditions:

This program is only sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter instalments, or offer an “accommodation only” option.



Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.



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



Non-refundable deposit of CA$1500 per person is required at time of booking, no later than 23 February 2018, to secure your space for this package. Single supplement (if applicable), any add-ons or upgrades, & optional cancellation and medical insurance must also be paid at time of booking



Final payment due March 26, 2018. Total package price is fully non-refundable if you cancel.



All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Eric Moe (ericm@cwtvictortravel.ca)



Passports and any entry visas are the responsibility of the traveller and should be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expected return. Even if in possession of these documents, entry into another country may still be refused.

If Your Booking is Changed by You: If you request a change to a booking more than 45 days prior to departure, it is subject to a $50 administration fee (including H.S.T.). A name correction, change of name or change of departure date requested within 45 days of departure makes the booking subject to full applicable cancellation charges as set out below. Once travel has commenced, no changes to the booking are permitted.



If You Cancel Your Booking: The following cancellation charges apply, as of the date on which we are informed of your cancellation (date of departure is excluded when calculating these cancellation charges):

More than 45 days: deposit of $1500 plus single supplement and upgrades if applicable

0-44 days: 100% of total price

Cancellation charges include H.S.T. and are effective from the day we record your cancellation request. We reserve the right to re-sell any cancelled services, tickets, etc. without a refund to you.



If Your Booking is Changed by Us: This tour is prepared months in advance, and occasionally a part of it has to be modified or is not available. On occasion, even after your booking is confirmed, we may have to make changes to your requested arrangements. Most changes will be minor, however, we may need to make a major change prior to your departure. Major changes include:

  1. change of departure or return by more than 24 hours;
  2. change of accommodation and/or accommodation standard;
  3. increase in your costs in excess of 7% (unless government imposed); and
  4. change of route requiring additional traveler identification or documentation without sufficient time to obtain this documentation before departure



If we make a major change, we will advise you as soon as possible, and you may then:

a. accept the change as offered;
b.
select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
c.
cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit.



Sometimes the hotel reserved is not available due to unexpected maintenance or overbooking, and a substitute hotel of equal or greater quality will be provided. If the hotel standard is downgraded and you accept the change as offered, a refund for any difference in price will be issued. We reserve the right to change published prices without notice and/or to pass on government imposed taxes, transportation related fees or surcharges including those for fuel or currency fluctuations to you.



Force Majeure: We may not be able to refund you in full for some or all changes made because of war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, weather causing beach erosion, epidemics or health risks, technical or mechanical problems with transport, flight delays due to weather, government action, closed or congested airports or seaports, supplier insolvency and any events beyond our direct control.



Tour Escort: If the tour escort is unable to accompany the tour, she will be replaced and the tour will go ahead as scheduled.



It is Not the Same Away From Home: As Canadians, we enjoy a very high standard of living. In other parts of the world, uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, the local health conditions, levels of security and standards of food and drink differ from those we enjoy at home.









Travel Insurance

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that

Manulife out-of-province health insurance

and trip cancellation insurance be

purchased. It is available through CWT

Victor Travel. Payment of the premium

must accompany the deposit and is nonrefundable.



You have the choice of purchasing

Manulife Insurance from CWT Victor

Travel. Alternatively, if you have your

own coverage, we require proof of

coverage from you stating the name of

the insurer and the policy number as well

as emergency contact number.



Non-medical Cancellation Insurance is

strongly recommended. Information

regarding out-of-province medical &

cancellation insurance is available

through CWT Victor Travel.



Estimated cost on fully non-refundable

land arrangements of CA$2300 based on a

50-year-old traveler is CA$193.32

including taxes. Price will vary based on

age and state of health.



If you do not wish to purchase Travel

Insurance, you must fill out and sign the

Liability Release Form which we provide

for you.







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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