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Friday, October 14, 2011

Kings of the Dance and NYCB weekend

 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

New York
24 – 27 February 2012
4 days, 3 nights
2 ballet performances (+1 optional)

Guillaume Côté and the Kings of the Dance
New York City Ballet
See 5 of the hottest male ballet stars in the world, 
PLUS the world-famous New York City Ballet performing its signature repertoire,
meet an NYCB dancer and visit the NYCB wardrobe 

New York City Ballet Donizetti Variations. Photo © Paul Kolnik
  Guillaume Côté and David Hallberg, photo © Nikolai Krusser
the mind-blowing Ivan Vasiliev 
Friday 24 February
Arrive New York, check in to the 4-star Park Central Hotel, steps from the City Center theatre. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner. Performance: Kings of the Dance: Opus 3 showcases the power, athleticism and artistry of five of today’s most celebrated male ballet stars:
Guillaume Côté (National Ballet of Canada)
David Hallberg (American Ballet Theatre, and now the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet)
Ivan Vasiliev (Mikhailovsky Ballet, formerly Bolshoi Ballet)
Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet)
Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)

Program (subject to change, casting subject to change):

JAZZY FIVE (Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti)
Performed by David Hallberg, Marcelo Gomes, Guillaume Côté, Ivan Vasiliev, Denis Matvienko


KABURIAS (Choreography and Costume by Nacho Duato)
Performed by David Hallberg

TUE (Choreography by Marco Goecke)
Performed by Guillaume Côté

GUILTY (Choreography by Edward Clug)
Performed by Denis Matvienko

LABYRINTH OF SOLITUDE (Choreography by Patrick De Bana)
 Performed by Ivan Vasiliev

STILL OF KING (Choreography by Jorma Elo)
Performed by Marcelo Gomes

WHO I THOUGHT I WAS (Music by Guillaume Côté; Choreography by Marcelo Gomes)
Performed by Leonid Sarafanov

KO’d (Music by Guillaume Côté; Choreography by Marcelo Gomes)
Performed by David Hallberg, Guillaume Côté, Denis Matvienko, Ivan Vasiliev, Leonid Sarafanov

Saturday 25 February
Day at leisure.
Optional afternoon performance of
New York City Ballet:  
Allegro Brillante: a bravura piece set to Tchaikovsky's 3rd Piano Concerto about which Balanchine said: "It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes."
Zakouski (Martins)  

Fancy Free (Robbins)
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
(Balanchine, includes Theme and Variations)
Evening: 3-course dinner, then
meet a New York City Ballet dancer who will give us a tour of the David H Koch theatre, followed by a “First Position” discussion before the New York City Ballet performance of:
Donizetti Variations:
Balanchine's cheerful and sunny tribute to Bournonville
Agon: one of the major ballets of the 20th century, Balanchine's homage to modernism Fancy Free: the entertaining story of three World War II sailors on shore leave that launched Jerome Robbins' career as a choreographer and formed the basis for the musical On The Town.
Sunday 26 February
Day at leisure
Monday 27 February
Visit to New York City Ballet costume shop.
Check out of hotel and depart New York.

Total Package CA$1199 per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$250
All prices valid till 19 December 2011

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

Package price includes:
Excellent orchestra seats for 2 ballet performances
Pre-performance talk and tour of the David H Koch Theater by an NYCB dancer
First Position” pre-performance talk
3 nights double-share accommodation (one king or two queen beds) in the Park Central Hotel
3-course welcome dinner with wine
3-course pre-performance dinner
Visit to New York City Ballet costume shop
Hotel porterage
Ballet enrichment notes and informal post-performance reviews with tour leader
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges
Not included:
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Ticket to optional 2nd NYCB performance
Beverages with meals
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable payment in full of CA$1199 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 19 December 2011.** Single supplement, optional second NYCB performance ticket, and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.
All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (
RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through CWT Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany payment for the package and is non-refundable.

For more information or to receive a registration form by email or regular mail, please contact me: or 416.693.4496

**The payment is fully refundable 
in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent.

For preliminary information on our April trip to Stuttgart and Munich, please click here.

Some videos to whet your appetite: 
Kings of the Dance:

Agon: (snippets here, though the soundtrack of the video is not the music for the ballet):
Fancy Free:

Allegro Brillante
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (the expanded version of Theme and Variations, seen here performed by Dresden SemperOper Ballet:

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