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Monday, December 29, 2014

Lots of useful ballet info in this month's newsletter

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
Ballet Appreciation Courses
phone: 416-693-4496

Dear Balletomane,

PLEASE read your newsletter! To spare your inbox, I typically send this newsletter out only once a month (sometimes at shorter intervals depending on signup deadlines). When I do send one out, there is crucial time-sensitive information in it. Plus stuff you will enjoy! I will always mention the trips first, because I have to be sure you will see that. But my newsletters aren't just about my ballet trips, so do keep reading.
In this newsletter 

         1) Stuttgart - Munich Ballet Trip Now Booking
        2) New York, Hamburg, and Saratoga Springs
Vienna and Prague
        4) Royal Ballet broadcasts in Canada
Ballet 422: A Documentary about New York City Ballet
        6) Other upcoming ballet events
        7) Bavarian State Ballet to livestream new Ratmansky Paquita
        8) Videos

Stuttgart - Munich Ballet Trip Now Booking
23 April – 1 May 2015
9 days, 8 nights
5 ballet performances

Ballets by John Cranko performed by his own Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart
Sightseeing in beautiful southern Germany
Masterpieces by Cranko, Ratmansky, Neumeier, and Fokine
performed by the world-renowned
Stuttgart Ballet and Bavarian State Ballet
For more information, click here.

New York in May: New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
Hamburg in July: Hamburg Ballet and Houston Ballet
Saratoga Springs mid-July weekend: New York City Ballet
Signup will be in January and February. If you are the least bit interested, it is important that you let me know, so that I have an idea of how many ballet tickets and hotel rooms to have on hold. No commitment required. You can change your mind once the brochure comes out. But if only 10 people tell me they might go, then suddenly 25 people want to sign up and I don't have that many ballet tickets or hotel rooms on hold, you are out of luck!
For Saratoga Springs, I would look at organizing transport from Toronto and Ottawa, so let me know if you would be taking advantage of that.

Vienna and Prague
(daytrips to Bratislava & Dresden)

26 March – 5 April 2015

Booking for this trip has now closed, but if you think you would like to join the 14 of us, please email  me to see if hotel and ticket availability can be arranged. 

Royal Ballet broadcasts in Canada
Tickets under $20! Use it or lose it. Bring some friends!
Saturday January 17, 12 noon
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst, Toronto  416.637.3123
Monday 26 January, 630 pm at some Landmark Cinemas in Canada, check your local listings here:
If you didn't see the National Ballet of Canada's performances of this incredible, passionate ballet in November, do not miss this!! And if you did see the NBOC, you'll want to see it again, from the closeup vantage point of the filmed version.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
January 24 and 2 February in Landmark Cinemas in Canada, check local listings

Saturday February 14, 12 pm at Bloor Cinema in Toronto

To find broadcast locations in the US, click here:

Ballet 422: A Documentary about New York City Ballet
Keep your eyes peeled for the theatrical release, starting February 6, of this documentary following the whole creative process that went into Justin Peck's Paz de la Jolla for New York City Ballet. The film has been getting some rave reviews; US play dates listed here :
Still waiting for Canadian play dates.
Great trailer here:

Other upcoming ballet events
Ballet 360
Ballet Jorgen Canada
January 23 & 24
Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto
Robert Desrosiers's tour de force
Bouffonia, which premiered to great acclaim last season, will return along with Allen Kaeja’s Yet and Malgorzata Nowacka’s Séance  

Swan Lake 
Sunday, January 25, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Live, starring Svetlana Zakharova
Cineplex Theatres
To find broadcast locations in the US, click here:
The Alliance française of Toronto has announced that it will be screening two Paris Opera Ballet performances in its cinema this year:

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:30 pm -
Le défilé du Ballet de l'Opéra - La Marche des Troyens, Hector Berlioz;
(the entire Ballet organization, from the youngest student to the most senior étoile, processes onto the stage of the Palais Garnier)
Études (Lander),
Nutcracker excerpts
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm Balanchine/Millepied
Le Palais de cristal (original version of Symphony in C) - Georges Balanchine (Bizet, costumes by Christian Lacroix)
Daphnis et Chloé - Benjamin Millepied

Alliance Francaise de Toronto
Toronto Downtown campus
24 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S7
Tel: 416 922 2014

 To buy tickets:

Members (under 25 / Seniors)$20
Partners / under 25 / Seniors$20

Bavarian State Ballet to livestream new Ratmansky Paquita
The Bayerische Staatsballet's new full-length Paquita 
choreography by Alexei Ratmansky (reconstruction of the Petipa choreography)
This recently opened to rave reviews. You can see it livestreamed free of charge from Munich on
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, 6.00 p.m. (Central European Time) (noon Eastern Standard Time)
Only available live; not archived after the fact. Visit STAATSOPER.TV.

Cool 30-second video from Czech National Ballet:

Josua Hoffalt from Paris Opera Ballet leaping about

Cool slo-mo lift from Paris Opera Ballet's Ludmila Pagliero and Florian Magnenet (our Lucien d'Hervilly, to those who went to see POB in Montreal):

Don't forget my website is a wealth of balletic info. Use the search function to find what you're looking for!

And for those of you who love words, why not head over to my Wordlady blog for fun and informative posts about the English language. I'm currently running a series on the “12 Days of Wordlady”:
All the very best, in ballet and in life, in 2015!

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Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air

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