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Friday, October 9, 2015

October Tours en l'air Newsletter

Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays

201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496





Dear Balletomane,

Vienna Prague May 2016 trip now booking!

6 Ballets. 4 Companies. 3 Beautiful Cities. Please see brochure here:

Paris/Amsterdam and Berlin/Dresden April 2016 trips now SOLD OUT!

Please see revised list of potential trips here

Win! Tickets to the Vienna Boys Choir in concert in Toronto

Tours en l'air is offering two pairs of tickets to the Vienna Boys Choir performance in Toronto:

Date:                     Sunday, 29 November 2015

Time:                     03:00pm

Concert location:     Koerner Hall (Royal Conservatory of Music, Bloor at St George)

To enter the contest, please email with the subject line CHOIRBOYS. Contest deadline November 1. (Please note that this conflicts with both a National Ballet of Canada Romeo and Juliet performance and the Bolshoi Ballet cinemacast of Jewels.)

Landmark Cinemas in Canada to show Royal Ballet cinemacasts

For Royal Ballet broadcasts only, some cinemas in the Landmark chain will be joining Cineplex in showing the live broadcasts. Bolshoi Ballet cinemacasts continue to be only at the Cineplex. For more information on how to find a ballet cinemacast near you:

Zakharova, Polunin to star in Bolshoi Giselle cinemacast

The Bolshoi will be broadcasting Giselle on Sunday 11 October. Controversial ballet wunderkind Sergei Polunin will star as Albrecht, if he has recovered from a recent neck strain. Svetlana Zakharova will dance Giselle (not one of my fave Giselles, I must say).

In Canada these will be shown at some Cineplex theatres. Check locations near you on

Livestream Paloma Herrera farewell in R&J

Former ABT star Paloma Herrera's farewell performance will be in Maximiliano Guerra's Romeo and Juliet at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. It will be streamed live on Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 pm ART, (7pm Eastern and 4pm Pacific).
The last livestream from Buenos Aires failed to transmit the video, so let's hope this one works!

Royal Ballet Romeo and Juliet at Bloor Cinema in Toronto
If you missed the cinemacast with Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb at the Cineplex recently, you can catch it on Saturday October 31st at 3 pm at the Bloor Cinema, Bloor St just east of Bathurst.

A new Tours en l'air feature: Home décor ideas for ballet lovers

I want these for my patio! How about you?

Ferri and Cornejo to dance R&J with ABT in June 2016

The legendary and beautiful Alessandra Ferri returns from retirement at age 52 to dance her signature role in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo, with the wonderful Herman Cornejo as her partner. Individual tickets go on sale in March. More info here:


Legendary: Balanchine Ballerina Merrill Ashley coaches Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Balanchine's Theme and Variations

Inspiring: Birmingham Royal Ballet teaches at-risk youth to dance MacMillan's Romeo

Beautiful: What happens when a Disney animator is inspired by Paris Opera Ballet

Also Beautiful: More from POB

World Ballet Day

If you missed the live broadcast on October 1, you can see the archived versions until November 1 on the ballet companies' YouTube Channels:

The Australian Ballet:

Bolshoi Ballet:

Royal Ballet:

The National Ballet of Canada:

San Francisco Ballet (will appear in due course on):

Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays

201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Misty Copeland doc screenings in Toronto

A Ballerina's Tale
Doc Soup: Hot Docs' monthly screening series that presents Festival hits and award-winning docs.
In 2013, Misty Copeland was given the lead role in the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) production of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. The night of the performance she danced beautifully, but once off stage Misty discovered she had six fractures in her left shin. Many doubted she would dance again. A Ballerina’s Tale is an intimate look at Misty during a crucial period in her life, from the triumph of Firebird and the painful recovery to her return to ballet and emergence as a pop sensation. Shining a light on important issues in the world of ballet, including the absence of women of colour and the detrimental focus on skinny bodies, A Ballerina’s Tale is a remarkable story of how great talent and willpower can open doors in a very exclusive world.
Director Nelson George will be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in post-screening Q&As.

Bloor Member Ticket: $12, $10, $8
Student Same-Day Ticket: $8 (with valid student ID, Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening only)  

Wed, Nov 4 6:30 PM Buy
Wed, Nov 4 9:15 PM Buy
Thu, Nov 5 6:45 PM Buy

Run Time:85 min
Director(s):Nelson George

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Lopatkina livestream

Uliana Lopatkina

Mariinsky superstar Uliana Lopatkina is the guest of the Yale School of Music for three days in October. Events will be livestreamed.

October 13
Tuesday, 4:00 pm • Morse Recital Hall
Lopatkina will discuss and demonstrate technical issues in classical ballet
With a question-and-answer period

Performance: Legends of Russian Ballet
October 14
Wednesday, 7:30 pm • Morse Recital Hall
Featuring Uliana Lopatkina with Andrey Ermakov
in gems of the repertoires of Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, and Maya Plisetskaya
and video footage of all three legends

Russian Dance from Swan Lake (music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Petipa)
Seventh Waltz from Chopiniana (Chopin/Fokine)
Melody (Gluck/Messerer)
Death of the Rose (Mahler/Petit)
The Dying Swan (Saint-Saëns/Fokine) 

Lopatkina in Conversation 
October 15
Thursday, 12:30 pm • Morse Recital Hall
With Emily Coates, Director of Dance Studies at Yale, and Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music

To follow the livestream, go to select "Sprague Hall"

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Monday, October 5, 2015


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CWT Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647


Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays

escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber

Prague and Vienna

(daytrip to Bratislava)

29 April - 10 May 2016

12 days, 11 nights

6 ballet performances:

Czech National Ballet

Vienna State Ballet

Hamburg Ballet
Slovak National Theatre Ballet

Visit two of Europe's

most beautiful historic capitals


Vienna: a New York Times “top place to travel in 2014”

Friday April 29 PRAGUE

Arrive Prague. Check in to 4-star Falkensteiner Maria Prag hotel, 4 minutes walk from the Opera House.

Saturday April 30 PRAGUE

Morning at leisure. 2 pm: Czech National Ballet performance: La Bayadere. 7 pm: Czech National Ballet performance in the historic Estates Theatre, where Mozart's Don Giovanni premiered: Valmont (based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

Sunday May 1 PRAGUE

Morning: Private guided walking tour of picturesque Mala Strana (Prague's “Little Quarter”). Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner in the spectacular Art Nouveau Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant.

Monday May 2 PRAGUE

Morning: Private guided walking tour of Prague Old Town (2 hrs). Afternoon at leisure.

Tuesday May 3 PRAGUE

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: private guided walking tour of Prague Castle and Cathedral.

Wednesday May 4 PRAGUE - VIENNA

Morning: Check out of hotel. Transfer by private luxury washroom-equipped coach to Vienna (approx. 5 hours from Prague), with midway stop to watch rehearsals of the Brno National Theatre ballet company and for lunch (included). Arrive Vienna. Check into the 4-star Das Opernring hotel on Vienna's famous Ring boulevard, opposite the Vienna State Opera House. Evening: dinner before Vienna State Ballet performance: Mayerling (MacMillan)

Thursday May 5 VIENNA

Exploring the world of Mayerling. Day trip to the Vienna Woods and the site of the events depicted in the ballet. Our private luxury coach takes you first to Schönbrunn Palace, the seat of the Hapsburgs, for a private guided tour. Then we proceed to the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, built in 1133, where Mary Vetsera is buried. Lunch in the abbey guest house, then visit the site of the hunting lodge at Mayerling where Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera met their end. Evening: 3-course typically Viennese welcome dinner in the exquisite Art Nouveau Palmenhaus (conservatory).

Friday May 6 VIENNA

Morning: 2-hour private guided walking tour of central Vienna. 7pm: performance of Vienna State Ballet Marie-Antoinette (de Bana).


Saturday May 7 VIENNA

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: daytrip by private luxury minibus to Bratislava, Slovakia,1.5 hours from Vienna. Private walking tour of central Bratislava (1.5 hours). 2-course dinner before evening Slovak National Theatre Ballet performance: The Sleeping Beauty. Return by private coach directly to Vienna hotel.

Sunday May 8 VIENNA

Day at leisure. Suggested activities: For history buffs: Visit the Hofburg Imperial palace or have coffee and cake at the world famous Demel café nearby, both 10 minutes walk from hotel. Attend the daily training or a performance of the world-famous Lippizaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School (this is fascinating in its similarities to ballet). Music lovers: Attend high mass in the Imperial Palace Chapel, sung by the Vienna Choir Boys, then visit Mozart's house and the golden hall of the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. Art lovers: the Belvedere Museum (home to Klimt's The Kiss), the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Museumsquartier (contemporary art). Architecture aficionados: stroll past Vienna's many Art Nouveau buildings or visit the spectacular baroque Karlskirche. Cake lovers: a Viennese café crawl!

Monday May 9 VIENNA

Morning: 2-hour private guided visit to the Albertina museum permanent Monet to Picasso exhibition and sumptuous State Rooms. Afternoon: Private guided tour of Vienna State Opera house. Rest of day at leisure. Evening: farewell dinner before Hamburg Ballet performance: Shakespeare Dances (Neumeier).

Tuesday May 10

Check out of hotel and depart Vienna.

For more information:

phone: 416.693.4496

Total Package Price:

Double occupancy: CA$4795 per person

Single supplement: CA$950 per person

All prices valid till 27 October 2015

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

TO BOOK: 416.736.6010 x. 234


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 help you with

flight arrangements.

This program must be 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 installments, 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.

Package includes:

11 nights double-share 4* accommodation

Daily buffet breakfast

Premium seats for 6 ballets

Transfer by private luxury washroom- equipped coach Prague to Vienna

Day excursion by private luxury coach to Bratislava

Day excursion with guide by private luxury coach to Schonbrunn, Heiligenkreuz, and Mayerling.

Admission to and private guided tours of Schönbrunn, Heiligenkreuz Abbey and Mayerling

5 private guided walking tours:

Vienna, Bratislava, Prague Old Town, Prague Castle and Cathedral, Prague Mala Strana.

Admission to and private guided tour of Albertina Museum permanent and temporary exhibition and state rooms

Admission to Prague Castle sights:

Old Royal Palace, St. George Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, and Cathedral

Three 3-course dinners, two 2-course dinners, two 2-course lunches

Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)

Free wifi in hotels

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

All taxes, tips for group activities, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:


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” or “suggested” in this brochure

Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable deposit of CA$1750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 27 October 2015, to secure your space for this package**.

Single supplement, optional airfare (price available on request) and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.

Final payment due 8 March 2016, and total package price is fully non-refundable.

Added hotel nights are fully non-refundable

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati(

Manulife out-of-province health insurance (for Ontario residents holding an OHIP card) and trip cancellation insurance are available through Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.

**Deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent

Victor Travel acts only as agents for the traveller and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc. used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travellers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travellers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 

The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour. 

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