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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

William Forsythe's the second detail

The New York Times dance writer Roslyn Sulcas recently interviewed the legendary William Forsythe as he coached Boston Ballet in his the second detail. Here's the link to her excellent article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/arts/dance/forsythe-coaches-boston-ballet-in-the-second-detail.html?ref=dance&_r=0

http://youtu.be/87G9OgWgHQk



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Live streaming Nicolas Le Riche farewell Paris Opera Ballet

The Opera de Paris has now confirmed that star Nicolas Le Riche's farewell performance will be live streamed worldwide on
www.operadeparis.fr
The gala is also available for the next several months over this site:
http://concert.arte.tv/fr/soiree-exceptionnelle-nicolas-le-riche-lopera-de-paris

Wednesday 9 July 2014 à 19h30  (130 pm Eastern time)
Program: Les Forains (Roland Petit),
Excerpts from:
Bal des cadets (Graduation Ball) (David Lichine)
Raymonda (Rudolf Noureev), Stéphane Bullion (Abderam) and  Dorothée Gilbert (Raymonda)
Caligula (Nicolas Le Riche), Audric Bezard and Mathieu Ganio

L’Après-midi d’un faune (Vaslav Nijinski) Jeremie Belingard and Eve Grijnstayn,  
Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (Roland Petit) Le Riche and Eleanora Abbagnato
Boléro (Maurice Béjart).Le Riche, Josua Hoffalt and Karl Paquette
 
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LOVELY! Yuan Yuan Tan & Vito Mazzeo: Symphonic Dances

Two beautiful dancers from San Francisco Ballet (Mazzeo is now with Dutch National Ballet) in a pas de deux from an exquisite  piece by Edwaard Liang (now artistic director of Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio), Symphonic Dances, with music by Rachmaninov. (The beginning is dark, but don't worry, soon the lights come on). The 2013 Tours en l'air trip to San Francisco saw this piece and loved it.
http://youtu.be/Zg0kKaqk-E4



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Festival de Saint-Sauveur International Galas

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur
Dancers (but not yet the programs) have been announced for the International Ballet Galas Friday 8 August and Saturday 9 August 2014 in Saint-Sauveur in the Laurentians just north of Montreal. It's an impressive lineup: Guillaume Côté and Svetlana Lunkina (National Ballet of Canada), Joaquin de Luz (New York City Ballet), Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet), Jason Reilly and Anna Osadcenko (Stuttgart Ballet), Yukichi Hattori (Alberta Ballet), Tara Williamson (Ballet BC)
If you might be interested in a Saint-Sauveur package for this weekend, please get in touch.
For more on seeing ballet in this picturesque Quebecois village, see this post
For the full FASS program, click here: 

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Video: Royal Danish Ballet performance

The Royal Danish Ballet recently gave an outdoor performance, featuring Grand Pas Classique (with Alban Lendorf), excerpts from Etudes, the second-act pas de deux from John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias (with Ida Praetorius), a couple of contemporary pieces, and some Bournonville. You can see it all here (one hour):

. MLTV 2014 - Kgl. sommerballet på Munkebo Bakke from Poul Erik Christoffersen on Vimeo.



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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Streaming Video: International Stars in Indianapolis

For the past 5 years, Indianapolis City Ballet has put on a gala featuring some of the best dancers in the world.  PBS Indianapolis has just released a 1-hour film about the galas which is a feast for balletomanes, including the following repertoire:
Le Corsaire grotto pas de deux with Marcelo Gomes and Paloma Herrera (ABT)
Piazzola Tango with Daniel Ulbricht (NYCB)
Age of Innocence (Edwaard Liang) with Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet)
Ami (Marcelo Gomes) with Thomas Forster and Alexandre Hammoudi (ABT)
The Fifth Season pas de deux (Helgi Tomasson) with Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith (San Francisco Ballet)
Diana and Actaeon pas de deux (Vaganova) with Iana Salenko (Berlin State Ballet) and Herman Cornejo (ABT)
In addition, the following dancers also appear in the film, either as voiceover interviewees or in rehearsal:
Maxim Beloserkovsky (ABT), Daniil Simkin (ABT), Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet), Tiler Peck (NYCB), Guillaume Coté (National Ballet of Canada), Julie Kent (ABT), Jason Reilly (Stuttgart Ballet), Robert Fairchild (NYCB), Jose Manuel Carreno (ABT), Isabella Boylston (ABT)
The film can be streamed from the Indianapolis PBS station website:
http://www.wfyi.org/programs/a-perfect-balance/television/a-perfect-balance
This year's Evening with the Stars will be on November 22 at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis. Program TBA, but certain to be as exciting as previous years.
Indianapolis City Ballet website: 
http://indianapoliscityballet.org/


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

"You're dead at the end... maybe even in the middle"

Behind the scenes at Vienna State Ballet's production of Sir Peter Wright's staging of The Sleeping Beauty, with dancers talking about the difficulties of their parts. Matthew Golding appears in the last couple of minutes.

Dornröschen - Hinter den Kulissen from DelbeauFilm on Vimeo.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Rex Harrington competes on Amazing Race Canada

Amazing Race Canada's new season starts Tuesday July 8 at 9 pm Eastern Time on CTV. Among the competitors are former National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer (now Artist-in-Residence) Rex Harrington and his fiancé Bob Hope. More info here:
http://www.ctv.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada/Teams/Rex-Harrington-and-Bob-Hope.aspx?extid=062014_ca_community_en_tarc_twitter_TARCTeamRexBob&hootPostID=ca0429f0530e40b891a7874abc3190cb

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stars of the 21st Century gala

Dates and dancers have been announced:
Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin Bolshoi Ballet
Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino Bavarian State Ballet
Ashley Bouder and Amar Ramasar New York City Ballet
Ekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov Mariinsky Ballet
Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside American Ballet Theatre
Manu Navarro and Gian Carlo Perez Alvarez National Ballet National of Cuba

Sept 12 at 8 pm. 13 at 8pm, 14 at 4 pm
Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Tix: www.fnacspectacles.com/place-spectacle/manifestation/Danse-classique-LES-ETOILES-DU-XXI-EME-SIECLE-TCE21.htm

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Paris Opera Ballet Paquita in Montreal NOW BOOKING

 




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

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

presents





Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays


planned with care and escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber


Join prima ballerina


EVELYN HART


for


Paris Opera Ballet

in

Montreal, Quebec


17-19 October 2014

3 days, 2 nights

1 ballet performance + up to 3 optional


Paquita


(full-length classical ballet by Pierre Lacotte, 3rd act by Marius Petipa)



EXCLUSIVE NORTH AMERICAN ENGAGEMENT





Friday 17 October
Arrive Montreal; check in to the 4-star Delta Montreal conveniently located 8 minutes walk from Place des Arts. Evening at leisure or optional performance of Paquita.
Saturday 18 October
Morning at leisure. Afternoon: performance of Paquita in the company of Evelyn Hart and Les Grands Ballets principal dancer Hervé Courtain. Evening: 3-course dinner with Evelyn Hart in attendance. Q&A with Les Grands Ballets principal dancer Hervé Courtain, former soloist with Paris Opera Ballet. Optional Performance of Paquita.
Sunday 19 October
Morning: Deluxe continental breakfast and Q&A with Evelyn Hart. Check out of hotel. Afternoon: optional performance of Paquita. Depart Montreal.





REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE DATE

15 JULY 2014



Total package CA$949 per person,

based on double occupancy

(one king or two double beds)

Single supplement: CA$190

All prices valid till 15 July 2014

You have the flexibility of

arranging travel at your own convenience.



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” or “ballet only” option.
Travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another
Travellers requiring a walker or non-motorized wheelchair for any portion of the trip are welcome with a companion
Package price includes:
Premium orchestra seat for 1 performance, reserved before individual ticket sales begin
1 Q&A with Evelyn Hart
1 pre-performance talk with Hervé Courtain
2 nights double-share accommodation in the
Delta Montreal
1 3-course dinner with coffee, tea, and wine
1 deluxe continental buffet breakfast
Ballet enrichment notes and informal discussions with tour leader
Porterage
Free wi-fi throughout hotel
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:
Transportation to and from Montreal
Optional performances
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically
mentioned in this itinerary
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance



Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable payment in full of CA$949 per person is required at time of registration, no later than15 July 2014.

** Single supplement, optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance, and tickets for optional performances ($235 each) also payable at this time.

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca)

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 a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please email me.

To register, please phone Lucy Nati at Victor Travel, 
 

(416) 736-6010 x. 234 Toll-free: 1-866-699-0199
with your credit card details; we will then send you a registration form to complete, and process your payment when you return it.

BALLET BUCKET LIST:
 
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Bavarian State Ballet live stream this Saturday

Free online streaming of Bavarian State Ballet
This Saturday, June 21 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time, you can see the Bavarian State Ballet live from Munich performing Scheherazade and
L'Après-midi d'un faune (both Fokine) and Bronislava Nijinska's Les Biches. This is only streamed live and will not be available for viewing afterwards. 
Streaming link: http://streaming.staatsoper.de

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Black Ballerina documentary

BLACK BALLERINA, a feature length documentary-in-progress, is a story of passion, 

opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. 

Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories 

of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. 

Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, 

 Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, 

 exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2014, three young black women 

also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? 

If so, how? If not, why?

BLACK BALLERINA uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers 

in a subject that reaches far outside the art world and compels viewers to think 

about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.

http://blackballerinadocumentary.org/

http://youtu.be/WPZDpKFWa4c




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Friday, June 13, 2014

Osipova Bolle Notre Dame de Paris DVD available

The La Scala Milan production of Roland Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris, starring Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle,  will shortly be available on DVD (release date June 24, 2014).
Here is the link for Amazon Canada:
http://www.amazon.ca/Notre-Dame-Paris-Osipova/dp/B00K0FQMB6/ref=pd_sim_d_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Q5JGC5PGW52CTFAY8T3

and for amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Petits-Notre-Dame-Paris/dp/B00K0FQMB6/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1402604809&sr=1-3&keywords=Orchestra+of+La+Scala

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Online series about School of American Ballet

Teen Vogue is currently running an 11-part series following students at School of American Ballet, the school of New York City Ballet. Episodes are about 6 minutes long each.
Here's the link to "Strictly Ballet":
http://video.teenvogue.com/series/strictly-ballet

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

The perils of partnering: Fun video from NYCB

The perils of stray fingers and saying "no": New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns, Chase Finlay, Jared Angle, Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Ask La Cour, and Sterling Hyltin talk about partnering:
http://youtu.be/_naU-IWJQ6g



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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet Live Stream: Balanchine and Millepied

The POB's recent performance of George Balanchine's Palais de Cristal (the original version of what became Symphony in C), with sumptuous new costumes by Christian Lacroix in red, midnight blue, green, and "champagne" rather than the now customary black and white, is streaming live over the following channel till December 5:
http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/live/danse/le-palais-de-cristal-par-georges-balanchine-157321
The choreography is somewhat different from Symphony in C.

Paired with this ballet on the program was a new Daphnis and Chloe to Ravel's score by Benjamin Millepied. You can see fairly long excerpts here
http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/scenes/danse/daphnis-et-chloe-de-benjamin-millepied-a-savourer-sur-culturebox-des-ce-soir-157317
and some of you will be able to see the ballet in its entirety, but for others it will be geo-blocked.

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