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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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Video: Dylan Tedaldi

National Ballet of Canada corps de ballet dancer Dylan Tedaldi dances his way through the urban landscape:



Dylan is definitely one to watch!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Video: Kenneth MacMillan's Chanson pas de deux

Yet another exquisite, rarely seen pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan, the master of the genre, featuring David Wall and Alessandra Ferri. David Wall, former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, died yesterday at age 67. He created the role of Prince Rudolf in MacMillan's Mayerling and Lescaut in Manon.
This pas de deux is set to the Shepherd's Song from Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne: http://youtu.be/43z3aQspFtc



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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hamburg Ballet: new Nijinsky trailer

For those of you who would like to be reminded what a fab ballet Neumeier's Nijinsky is, a new trailer from Hamburg Ballet, featuring Alexandre Riabko



Tours en l'air is organizing a ballet trip to Hamburg and Copenhagen in March 2014. For more information, click here. If you are interested in going on this trip (even potentially), please email me to have your name put on the priority signup list to be notified when booking opens. I already have over twenty people on the priority list and I can only take 19!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays 2013-14 Season

All Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are presented by CWT Victor Travel.
Please email me if any of the following trips potentially interest you; this way you will be kept updated on those particular trips and will be sure not to miss the chance to sign up.

Customers rave about Tours en l'air: 
"My most sincere thank you to you Katherine for a superb trip filled with 
 outstanding ballet, wonderful side adventures, surprises, friendship and good cheer -- 
all due to your excellent planning."
Ann H.(Munich and Stuttgart, April 2012)


Wednesday 4 Dec. – Friday 13 Dec. 2013

Munich and Prague 4 performances

Bavarian State Ballet:

La Bayadere

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Neumeier)

Czech National Ballet:

Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (Vamos)


Fancy Free (Robbins), Theme and Variations (Balanchine),  
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)


Visit the famous German Christmas markets!

BOOKING AUGUST 2013



Tuesday 11 March – Thursday 20 March 2014

Copenhagen and Hamburg 6 performances

Royal Danish Ballet:

Manon (MacMillan)

Napoli (Bournonville) - 2 performances

Royal Danish Ballet Junior Company:

Excerpts from Bournonville repertoire and new choreography

Hamburg Ballet:

Vaslav, Ruckert Lieder, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen (all Neumeier)

Onegin (Cranko)

BOOKING OPENS SEPTEMBER 2013



Monday 14 April – Thursday 24 April 2014

Berlin and Dresden 5 performances

Berlin State Ballet:

The Open Square (Galili)

Namouna (Ratmansky), Clear (Welch)

Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)

Arcangelo (Duato), New Goecke, Herman Schmerman (Forsythe)

Dresden Semperoper Ballet:

Giselle (Dawson)

BOOKING OCTOBER 2013



Thursday 8 May – Sunday 11 May 2014

San Francisco 4 performances

San Francisco Ballet:

The Fifth Season (Tomasson), new Scarlett, Suite en blanc (Lifar)

Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (both Balanchine), Glass Pieces (Robbins)

Smuin Ballet:

New Seiwert, New Grand Moultrie, Dancin' with Gershwin (Smuin)

Ballet San Jose:

Carmen (Petit), In the Upper Room (Tharp)

BOOKING DECEMBER 2013




Tuesday 13 May - Thursday 22 May 2014
 

Paris and Amsterdam 4 performances

Paris Opera Ballet:

Symphony in C (Balanchine), Daphnis and Chloe (Millepied)
Orpheus and Eurydice (Bausch)

Dutch National Ballet:

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine), Paquita, Duet (Wheeldon),  
Trois Gnossiennes, Without Words (both van Manen)

The Dream (Ashton), Paquita

See the magnificent tulips at Keukenhof

BOOKING OCTOBER 2013



Thursday 29 May – Tuesday 3 June 2014

New York 5 performances

New York City Ballet:

Concerto Barocco, Who Cares? (both Balanchine), Other Dances (Robbins), new Martins

Walpurgisnacht Ballet, The Four Temperaments (both Balanchine), new Peck

American  Ballet Theatre:

 La Bayadère
 
Manon (MacMillan)

Coppélia


BOOKING JANUARY 2014


Friday 6 June – Saturday 14 June 2014


London and Birmingham 4 performances

(Day trips to Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Blenheim Palace)

Birmingham Royal Ballet:

Dante Sonata, Les Rendezvous, Facade (all Ashton)

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)

Royal Ballet:

The Dream (Ashton), The Concert (Robbins), new Marriott

English National Ballet:

Romeo and Juliet (Deane)

BOOKING MARCH 2014


Saturday 12 July – Sunday 20 July 2014
Stuttgart 4 performances

Stuttgart Ballet: 

Giselle

Young Choreographers

Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)

John Cranko School: Year-end performance
 
BOOKING MARCH 2014




Other trips may be added as ballet companies announce their seasons. To be the first to know when a trip is announced, sign up for our mailing list.


To get an idea of what a typical Tours en l'air trip is like, you can see the brochures for some of our past trips by clicking on the following links:


http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2012/01/stuttgart-munich-ballet-trip-now.html
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/09/birmingham-february-2012-trip.html
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/10/kings-of-dance-and-nycb-weekend.html
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/09/paris-in-chicago-book-now.html
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/06/london-october-trip.html
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2010/12/paris-ballet-and-chocolate.html 
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2011/03/nycb-in-saratoga.html 

and an account of our San Francisco 2013 trip here. 




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Stuttgart Ballet Trip July 2014

Saturday 12 July – Sunday 20 July 2014

Stuttgart 4 performances



Stuttgart Ballet: 



Giselle



Young Choreographers



Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)



John Cranko School: Year-end performance

 

BOOKING MARCH 2014

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For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here.

London - Birmingham Ballet Trip June 2014

Friday 6 June – Saturday 14 June 2014

London and Birmingham 4 performances
(Day trips to Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Blenheim Palace)
Birmingham Royal Ballet:
Dante Sonata, Les Rendezvous, Facade (all Ashton)
La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)
Royal Ballet:
The Dream (Ashton), The Concert (Robbins), new Marriott
English National Ballet:
Romeo and Juliet (Deane)
BOOKING MARCH 2014

Please email me if you want to be kept updated on this trip.

For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here.

New York Ballet Trip May 2014

Thursday 29 May – Tuesday 3 June 2014

New York 5 performances

New York City Ballet:

Concerto Barocco, Who Cares? (both Balanchine), Other Dances (Robbins), new Martins

Walpurgisnacht Ballet, The Four Temperaments (both Balanchine), new Peck

American  Ballet Theatre:

 La Bayadère
 
Manon (MacMillan)

Coppélia


BOOKING JANUARY 2014


Please email me if you want to be kept updated on this trip.

For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here. 

Paris and Amsterdam Ballet Trip May 2014

Tuesday 13 May - Thursday 22 May 2014

 



Paris and Amsterdam 4 performances



Paris Opera Ballet:



Symphony in C (Balanchine), Daphnis and Chloe (Millepied)

Orpheus and Eurydice (Bausch)



Dutch National Ballet:



Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine), Paquita, Duet (Wheeldon),
 Trois Gnossiennes, Without Words (both van Manen)



The Dream (Ashton), Paquita



See the magnificent tulips at Keukenhof


BOOKING OCTOBER 2013


Please email me if you want to be kept updated on this trip.

For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here.

San Francisco Ballet Trip May 2014

Thursday 8 May – Sunday 11 May 2014




San Francisco 4 performances



San Francisco Ballet:



The Fifth Season (Tomasson), new Scarlett, Suite en blanc (Lifar)



Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (both Balanchine), Glass Pieces (Robbins)
 

Smuin Ballet:


New Seiwert, New Caniparolli, Dancin' with Gershwin (Smuin)

Ballet San Jose:

Carmen (Petit), In the Upper Room (Tharp)



BOOKING DECEMBER 2013 

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For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here. 

Berlin-Dresden Ballet Trip April 2014

Monday 14 April – Thursday 24 April 2014




Berlin and Dresden 5 performances



Berlin State Ballet:



The Open Square (Galili)



Namouna (Ratmansky), Clear (Welch)



Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)



Arcangelo (Duato), New Goecke, Herman Schmerman (Forsythe)



Dresden Semperoper Ballet:



Giselle (Dawson)



BOOKING OCTOBER 2013

Please email me if you want to be kept updated on this trip.

For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here.

Copenhagen Hamburg Ballet Trip March 2014

Tuesday 11 March – Thursday 20 March 2014




Copenhagen and Hamburg 6 performances



Royal Danish Ballet:



Manon (MacMillan)



Napoli (Bournonville) - 2 performances

Royal Danish Ballet Junior Company:


Excerpts from Bournonville repertoire and new choreography




Hamburg Ballet:



Vaslav, Ruckert Lieder, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen (all Neumeier)



Onegin (Cranko)



BOOKING OPENS SEPTEMBER 2013

Please email me if you want to be kept updated on this trip. 
Already over 20 people have expressed an interest, 
so you need to be on the prority signup list when booking opens.

DRAFT ITINERARY

Tuesday 11 March
Arrive Copenhagen. Check in to 4-star Copenhagen Admiral Hotel 7 minutes walk, 3 minutes by taxi from the Royal Theatre.
Wednesday 12 March
930: The Royal Danish Ballet's Junior Company presents excerpts from Bournonville's ballets, e.g. Napoli, A Folk Tale, The Kermesse in Bruges, as well as their own choreographies.
Afternoon: Private guided coach tour of Copenhagen (3 hours, including opportunities to get off the coach at major sights)
6 pm: Welcome dinner
8 pm: Royal Danish Ballet performance of Manon (MacMillan)
Thursday 13 March
Watch Royal Danish Ballet company class
Rest of day at leisure.
Friday 14 March
Morning: Visit Royal Danish Ballet School (TBC)
Afternoon at leisure
8 pm: Royal Danish Ballet performance of Napoli
Saturday 15 March
1 pm Guided tour of the Slotsholmen island including the Danish Parliament and the Hofteater, where Bournonville's La Sylphide was first performed.
8 pm: Royal Danish Ballet performance of Napoli
Sunday 16 March
Depart Copenhagen by air for Hamburg (1-hr flight)
Arrive Hamburg. Check in to 5-star SIDE hotel (20 minutes from airport, approx. 90 seconds walk from opera house)
Monday 17 March
Morning: 2-hour private guided coach tour of Hamburg
1930: Hamburg Ballet performance of all-Neumeier program: Vaslav, At Midnight, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen
Tuesday 18 March
Morning: Visit to Hamburg Ballettzentrum (to be confirmed)
130 pm: guided tour of Hamburg State Opera
730 pm: Hamburg Ballet performance of Onegin (Cranko)
Wednesday 19 March
(Optional, weather permitting) Day trip by train to Unesco World Heritage medieval town of Lubeck (one hour from Hamburg)
Farewell dinner
Thursday 20 March
Check out of hotel and depart Hamburg

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20
BOOKING OPENS SEPTEMBER 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.

Package (cost to be determined) includes:
9 nights double-share accommodation
Daily breakfast
Premium orchestra seats for 6 ballets
Royal Danish Ballet company class
Private guided bus tour of Copenhagen
Private guided bus tour of Hamburg
Private guided tour of Hamburg opera house
Two 3-course dinners
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.


For the full 2013-14 Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays season,click here.