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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mariinsky Swan Lake casting Kennedy Center

All casting subject to change.

DATE
ODETTE/ODILE
PRINCE SIEGFRIED
Tue., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov
Wed., Jan 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova
Maxim Zyuzin
Thu., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Olga Esina
Timur Askerov
Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov
Sat., Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Anastasia Kolegova
Maxim Zyuzin
Sat., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Olga Esina
Timur Askerov
Sun., Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Alina Somova
Vladimir Shklyarov

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Video: Vadim Muntagirov leaps and spins

English National Ballet's sensational young principal dancer Vadim Muntagirov has put together this compilation of some of his spectacularly athletic dancing:



http://youtu.be/kJX3DhWhjHI

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Video: Vienna State Ballet, Forsythe and Etudes

Vienna State Ballet is presenting a mixed program of  Natalia Horecna's "Contra Clockwise Witness" (world premiere), Harald Lander's "Études" (1948), and William Forsythe's "The Second Detail" (1991).

Ballett - Hommage from DelbeauFilm on Vimeo.

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Troy Schumacher's BalletCollective

New York City Ballet dancer Troy Schumacher, whom one of our Tours  en l'air groups met on a New York trip a couple of years ago, has founded his own dance company, Ballet Collective. 

BalletCollective Choreographer: Troy Schumacher from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.


From the BalletCollective website: 

BalletCollective brings together artists, poets, composers, choreographers, and designers to collaborate as equals, exchanging ideas to absorb each others’ influence throughout the creation of distinctive works of art. Founded by Troy Schumacher in 2010, BalletCollective has produced the collaborative work of over 30 artists.
At the heart of BalletCollective lies process. Artists from different genres come together and gather ideas that are important to them as a group—a collective—encouraged to think outside of what it is they usually do. In multiple combinations a composer considers graphic art, a choreographer the structure of a poem, a photographer the rhythm of a piece of music.
Each collective work develops its own organic cross-pollination process as work goes forward on a piece, with each artist asked to contribute to the work of the others and physically and digitally share what they are doing as sketches, concepts, writings, ideas, movement or measures of music. The collective effort is combined and refined, and ultimately presented to audiences. Each work’s creative life does not end at performance, but continues to be re-conceived as long as the work remains  performed.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

San Francisco Ballet tours to Paris July 2014

The Les étés de la danse festival at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has announced that San Francisco Ballet will be its guest company in July 2014. Tickets are available through http://www.fnacspectacles.com

None of the websites (Etes de la danse, Theatre du Chatelet, Fnac) make it easy to find out what's being performed when, so I have compiled all the info in one place below.

**For updated program info, please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.com/2014/05/update-san-francisco-ballet-in-paris.html

Paris Opera Ballet is also in season for the first week of the SFB run.

If you would like to see San Francisco Ballet at home, please check out my May trip to San Francisco: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/01/4-ballets-in-san-francisco-in-may.html

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Lundi 14 juillet
à 20h

Maëlstrom
(Morris/Beethoven),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon/Bosso)

Mardi 15 juillet

à 20h

Trio*
(Tomasson/Tchaikovski),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Glass Pieces (Robbins/Glass)

Mercredi 16 juillet

à 20h

Trio*
(Tomasson/Tchaikovski),
Création Scarlett*,
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)

Jeudi 17 juillet 

à 20h

Maëlstrom
(Morris/Beethoven),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
Glass Pieces (Robbins/Glass)

Vendredi 18 juillet 

à 20h

Classical Symphony*
(Possokhov/Prokofiev),
Chaconne pour Piano et deux Danseurs (Tomasson/Haendel),
Ghosts* (Wheeldon/Winger),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)
Samedi 19 juillet
à 12h30
Cours en public

Samedi 19 juillet 

à 15h

Classical Symphony*
(Possokhov/Prokofiev),
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso)


Samedi 19 juillet à 20h
From Foreign Lands* (Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine/Hindemith)

Lundi 21 juillet
à 20h

The Fifth Season*
(Tomasson/Jenkins),
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin),
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine/Hindemith)

Mardi 22 juillet 

à 20h

Allegro Brillante
(Balanchine/Tchaikovski),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Maëlstrom (Morris/Beethoven),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Mercredi 23 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky),
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)

Jeudi 24 juillet

à 20h

Allegro Brillante
(Balanchine/Tchaikovski),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Création Scarlett*,
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Vendredi 25 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso),
Symphonic Dances* (Liang/Rachmaninov)
Samedi 26 juillet 
à 12h30
Cours en public

Samedi 26 juillet

à 15h

The Fifth Season*
(Tomasson/Jenkins),
Concerto (MacMillan/ Chostakovitch),
Solo (Van Manen/Bach),
Piano Concerto* (Ratmansky/Chostakovitch)

Samedi 26 juillet 

à 20h

From Foreign Lands*
(Ratmansky/Moszkowski),
Création Scarlett*,
Within the Golden Hour* (Wheeldon/Bosso)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hilarious: How to do contemporary dance

This very funny video shows you the 15 moves for contemporary dance:

http://youtu.be/qQyALIEydbc



For another funny video explaining how to watch contemporary dance, see this post.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reconstruction of 1892 Nutcracker

Want to see what the original Nutcracker looked like in 1892? Berlin State Ballet has just mounted a reconstruction based on the original costume designs.
Stage design based on historical designs: Andrei Voytenko
Costumes based on historical designs: Tatiana Noginova 




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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No grunting, screaming, or yelling: NYCB's Robbie Fairchild on the physical challenges of ballet

A great article and video featuring Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/the-workout-dancing-in-the-nutcracker/?_r=0

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Hemorrhoids and dancing on pointe: What's the connection?

A very interesting article about pointe shoes from The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/dec/16/royal-ballet-shoe-department

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Friday, December 13, 2013

If a pointe shoe had eyes...

Cool video from the Royal Ballet, follows the life of a shoe from factory to stage, filmed using tiny cameras attached to shoes.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

History of Ballet course: Origins to 1900

History of Ballet I: Origins to 1900

It's official! I will be offering this course in the new year, Mondays 1:30- 3:30 pm. I have pushed the start date back to February 17 so that there is less possibility of bad weather. Please see dates and course outline  below.

100 University Ave., North Tower,
Suite 201
on the west side of University a few steps south of King
St Andrew subway station
This venue is fully accessible.
Nathan Phillips Square parking garage is 9 minutes walk away.

Price: 8 2-hour classes for $160+HST= $180.80
(Early bird discount: Save the HST if you register before
January 15, 2014).
Please register in advance by sending a cheque made out to
Katherine Barber
201 Hanson Street
Toronto ON
M4C 1A7

February 17: The French Court and the Origins of Ballet
February 24: Women in White: Romanticism (Taglioni and
La Sylphide)
March 3: Women in White 2: Perrot and
Giselle
March 10: Jumping for Joy: Bournonville and Danish Ballet (
Napoli, La Sylphide)
March 17: NO CLASS
March 24: Decadence of 19th-century French ballet:
Coppelia
March 31: Impressing the Tsar: Petipa and the Grand Imperial Russian style (
Paquita, La Bayadere, Raymonda)
April 7: Visit to the Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada (to be confirmed)
April 14: Swans and Sugarplums: Ivanov (
Nutcracker

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bolshoi Don Q tickets at Saratoga on sale now - 10% discount!

Tickets on sale NOW for performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (upstate New York).
 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Heather Ogden in "Lost in Motion II"

From the creative team that brought you Guillaume Côté in "Lost in Motion":



Director: Ben Shirinian
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté
Dancer: Heather Ogden
Original Story by: Ben Shirinian and Guillaume Côté
DOP: Jeremy Benning, csc
Editor: Jon Devries
VFX: Crush
Producers: Nick Sorbara, Leslie Aimée Gottlieb
Production Company: Krystal Levy Pictures
Funders: bravoFACT, KLP, AnyMotion

"Avalanche"
Performed by Leonard Cohen

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ballet's Greatest Hits Gala now available on iTunes

Presented by Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).
Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Marcelo Gomes, Veronika Part and Hee Seo from American Ballet Theatre, 
Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, 
New York City Ballet favourites Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht, 
Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, 
Alejandro Virelles of Boston Ballet and 
Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada 
perform iconic roles from the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris and Don Quixote. Audiences will gain special insight from backstage interviews with the performers and ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Angel Corella, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, Jose Manuel Carreño, Mathieu and Denys Ganio, Matthew Bourne, Susan Jaffe and many others. See them dance, hear them talk and feel their passion in a unique dialogue between ballet’s history and its present.

 
Ballet's Greatest Hits

  • $19.99
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Friday, November 29, 2013

National Ballet of Canada Nutcracker casting 2013-14


Date
Sugar Plum Fairy
Peter / The Nutcracker
Snow Queen
Baba
Uncle Nikolai
Marie
Misha
Dec. 14 @ 2
Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Elena Lobsanova Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan
Dec. 14 @ 7
Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Dec. 15 @ 1
Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Tanya Howard Tiffany Mosher Etienne Lavigne Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Dec. 15 @ 530
Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Stephanie Hutchinson Krista Dowson James Leja Saige Palleske Gabriel Buell
Thurs. Dec. 19 @ 7
Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Jenna Savella Krista Dowson James Leja Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Fri. Dec. 20 @ 7
Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Sat. Dec. 21 @ 2
Stacey Shiori Minagawa Keiichi Hirano Stephanie Hutchinson Krista Dowson James Leja Saige Palleske Gabriel Buell
Sat. Dec. 21 @ 7
Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Elena Lobsanova Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan
Sun. Dec. 22 @ 1
Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Tanya Howard Krista Dowson James Leja Saige Palleske Gabriel Buell
Sun. Dec. 22 @ 530
Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Jenna Savella Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Mon. Dec. 23 @ 1
Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Emma Hawes Tiffany Mosher Etienne Lavigne Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan
Tues. Dec. 24 @ 1
Stacey Shiori Minagawa Keiichi Hirano Stephanie Hutchinson Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Fri. Dec. 27 @ 1
Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Emma Hawes Tiffany Mosher Etienne Lavigne Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan
Sat. Dec. 28 @ 1
Stacey Shiori Minagawa Piotr Stanczyk Tanya Howard Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Sat. Dec. 28 @ 530
Greta Hodgkinson Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Sun. Dec. 29 @ 1
Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Jenna Savella Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Saige Palleske Gabriel Buell
Sun. Dec. 29 @ 530
Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Emma Hawes Tiffany Mosher Etienne Lavigne Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Tues. Dec. 31 @ 1
Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna Houston Toews Tristan Brosnan
Thurs. Jan 2 @ 7
Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Emma Hawes Tiffany Mosher Etienne Lavigne Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan
Fri. Jan. 3 @ 2
Stacey Shiori Minagawa Piotr Stanczyk Elena Lobsanova Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Fri. Jan. 3 @ 7
Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Tanya Howard Krista Dowson James Leja Saige Palleske Gabriel Buell
Sat. Jan. 4 @ 1
Tina Pereira Keiichi Hirano Jenna Savella Krista Dowson James Leja Olivia McAlpine Eamon Stocks
Sat. Jan 4 @ 530
Stacey Shiori Minagawa Piotr Stanczyk Xiao Nan Yu Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen Arielle Miralles Bennett Ryan

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tutus and Tulips: Paris Amsterdam Ballet Trip now booking

Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
presents

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays

escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber

Paris and Amsterdam
12-22 May 2014
11 days, 10 nights
3 ballet performances
The world's first ballet company,
Paris Opera Ballet, in a Balanchine classic and a new work by Benjamin Millepied, 
and Dutch National Ballet showing off its renowned versatility

Monday May 12 PARIS
Arrive Paris. Check into the 4-star Les Jardins du Marais hotel in the lovely Marais district, 12 minutes walk from the Bastille Opera House.
Tuesday May 13 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: Welcome dinner.
Wednesday May 14 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: Paris Opera Ballet performance: Symphony in C (Balanchine), Daphnis and Chloe (Millepied)
Thursday May 15 PARIS
Guided tour of Paris Opera Garnier. Rest of day at leisure
Friday May 16 PARIS
Day at leisure. Optional Paris Opera Ballet performance of Orpheus and Eurydice (Pina Bausch), subject to availability.
Saturday May 17
PARIS –ARRAS – GHENT - AMSTERDAM
8 am: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury washroom-equipped private coach to Amsterdam
10 am: Stop in Arras, medieval town in Northern France.
1045 am: Depart Arras
1200: Arrive Ghent, Belgium. Transfer by boat from coach park to central Ghent (12 minutes). Time for lunch.
130 pm: Private guided walking tour of historic Ghent, with a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral and van Eyck's masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” (about 90 minutes)
5 pm: Depart Ghent for Amsterdam
730 pm: Arrive at 4-star Manor Hotel (or similar) in central Amsterdam
Ghent
Sunday May 18 AMSTERDAM
9 am: Depart by private coach for the spectacular Keukenhof Garden
http://haarlem.ca/images/keukenhof.jpg
9:30 am: Arrive Keukenhof
10 am: Private guided tour of Keukenhof (about 90 minutes)
1 pm: depart Keukenhof, return to hotel
Monday May 19 AMSTERDAM
930 am: Private guided tour of the highlights of the recently reopened Rijksmuseum (1 hour). Rest of day at leisure
6 pm: 3-course dinner before performance of Dutch National Ballet: Trois Gnossiennes, Without Words (both van Manen) Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine), Paquita, Duet (Wheeldon)
Tuesday May 20 AMSTERDAM
Day at leisure
Wednesday May 21 AMSTERDAM
Morning and early afternoon at leisure. 430 pm: Depart by private coach for Arnhem. Farewell dinner before evening performance of Dutch National Ballet: The Dream (Ashton), Paquita.
1030 pm (approx): Depart Arnhem theatre by private coach and return directly to hotel.
1130 pm (approx): Arrive hotel
Thursday May 22
Check out of hotel and depart Amsterdam

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!

Total Package CA$4099 per person
based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$1375

All prices valid till 16 December 2013

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
Daily breakfast
Premium seats for 3 ballets
Transfer by private luxury coach from Paris to Amsterdam, with sightseeing stops in Arras and Ghent
Day excursions by private luxury coach to Keukenhof and Arnhem
Private guided walking tour of Ghent and canal boat cruise
Private guided tour of Keukenhof Gardens
Private guided tour of Rijksmuseum
Private guided tour of Garnier opera house
Three 3-course dinners
Free wifi in hotels
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Please note that 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.

Not included:
Airfare
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Beverages with meals
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

Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable deposit of CA$1750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 16 December 2013, to secure your space for this package**.
Single supplement, optional airfare (price available on request) and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.
Final payment due 21 March 2014, and total package price is fully non-refundable.
All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca).
RBC out-of-province health insurance 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.

For more information:
phone: 416.693.4496
toll-free within North America: 1-866-699-0199
**The deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent