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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Dear Balletomane,

In this newsletter:
1. Upcoming Ballet Trips: PLEASE vote
2. World Ballet Day Livestreams Oct. 1
3. Royal Ballet Broadcasts in Canada
4. Painted Girls author talks in Southern Ontario
5. Don Quixote pas de deux at Guelph Symphony Orchestra season opener
6. Bolshoi's Marco Spada available as livestream
7. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen "Ballet in the Studio"

For more info, click on the underlined headings.


I have made some small changes to the proposed trips for next year. Please look at the program again and let me know which ones tempt you, especially if you are interested in the February trip to London, for which I would have to put tickets on hold this week. This is not a commitment. It just gives me a general idea of how many hotel rooms and ballet tickets I have to start inquiring about.

World Ballet Day 5 Companies Livestream, Tuesday Sept 30 – Wednesday Oct. 1

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day, each of five companies will stream live from their headquarters.

The entire 20-hour live stream event will be available live and free on the companies' websites and  YouTube channels

Australian Ballet - September 30th at 7pm PT/10 pm ET :

rehearsals:    Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake
                   Stanton Welch's La Bayadère
                   Peter Wright's The Nutcracker
                   world-premiere Ostinato by resident choreographer Tim Harbour.
Artistic director David McAllister will be answering questions.

Bolshoi - September 30th at 11pm PT / 2 am ET
rehearsals:     Jean-Christophe Maillot's The Taming of the Shrew
                          Yuri Grigorovich's Legend of Love.

Royal Ballet - October 1st at 3am PT / 6 am ET
rehearsals:     Carlos Acosta coaching Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote
                    Marianela Nuñez
 and Federico Bonelli rehearsing Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
                    Liam Scarlett
 rehearsing his new The Age of Anxiety with Laura Morera and Steven McRae
                    Christopher Wheeldon
's Aeternum
                    Frederick Ashton's Scènes de ballet
                    Ludovic Ondiviela rehearses his new ballet Cassandra
                    Wayne McGregor
will discuss his forthcoming Woolf Works
                    artistic director Kevin O'Hare will talk about the forthcoming season.

National Ballet of Canada - October 1st at 7am PT / 10 am ET
rehearsals:     Kenneth MacMillan's Manon with Anthony Dowell
                    John Neumeier's Nijinsky

San Francisco Ballet - October 1st at 11am PT / 1 pm ET
rehearsals:    Yuri Possokhov's RakU
                        William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
                   scenes from Helgi Tomassón and Possokhov's Don Quixote
                   Tomassón's Concerto Grosso

Viewers will be able to engage and interact with dancers, choreographers and coaches

After it is shown live on October 1st, the 24 hour event will not be available in its entirety. But for 48 hours after the event, you can watch each company's broadcast on its YouTube channel. After that, each company will post selected highlights from World Ballet Day.

Landmark Cinemas (and possibly others) pick up Royal Ballet Broadcasts in Canada

After the shocker announcement by Cineplex that they will not be broadcasting the Royal Ballet performances in Canada, I am happy to announce that another distributor has picked these up. All Landmark Cinemas which broadcast Royal Opera performances (to see list click here) will also broadcast the Royal Ballet, even if the individual cinema websites have not yet been updated. In addition, the distributor is still negotiating with other independent cinemas, including one in downtown Toronto. Stay tuned to your Tours en l'air newsletter or check my website,, for updates.
Manon  from December 6, 2014

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  from January 24, 2015

Swan Lake  from April 18, 2015

La Fille mal gardee  from June 6, 2015

"Painted Girls" author talks in Southern Ontario

Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of the bestseller The Painted Girls, a historical novel based on the story of Degas's "Little Dancer", has several appearances in Southern Ontario and one in Niagara County, NY, coming up. Click here for info. 

The National Ballet of Canada's First Soloist Tina Pereira and Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk will perform the Don Quixote pas de deux as part of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra's opening performance. 

Bolshoi's Marco Spada available as livestream

In case you missed the cinema broadcast of Pierre Lacotte's revival of the Romantic ballet  Marco Spada in the spring, you can now stream it from
The story is very silly, but there is lots of great dancing from
David Hallberg, Evgénia Obraztsova, Olga Smirnova, Semion Chudin, and Igor Tsvirko

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen "Ballet in the Studio"

About 40 Tours en l'air subscribers had a lovely exclusive visit to Ballet Jörgen earlier this month. If you missed it, why not attend their open-to-the-public "Ballet in the Studio" Date: October 14 at 12 noon, October 15 at 6:3.  Excerpts from our 2014-2015 repertoire will be performed. Place:  Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Studios at George Brown College.Tickets: $15-$20 available through the BJ website.

Remember,  in between newsletters, for all the latest in ballet news, please check this website regularly. You can subscribe to have updates delivered to your inbox as soon as they are posted.



Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air

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



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