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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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ballet Appreciation Course, University of Toronto

I will be offering the following course, featuring ballets at the National Ballet of Canada and in the Cineplex theatres, at U of T School of Continuing Studies, St George (downtown) campus, Wednesdays 630-830 pm starting September 30. To enroll: 
http://learn.utoronto.ca/interactive-course-search#/profile/2415

COURSE PLAN
Week
TOPIC/LESSONS
1
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Prokofiev's stirring music have inspired almost every ballet choreographer. We look particularly at the version by Royal Ballet choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, and also at the version created by Alexei Ratmansky for The National Ballet of Canada.
2
In Don Quixote, the late 19th-century team of choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus filled the stage with fun and virtuosity. Spanish? Not really, but who cares.
3
In The Two Pigeons, the master of the warm fuzzies, Frederick Ashton, takes a simple tale of a wayward lover who comes back to his sweetheart and leaves you in tears with a beautiful pas de deux created for a Canadian ballerina.
4
John Neumeier, the creative genius of the Hamburg Ballet, keeps the art of the story ballet alive and pays homage to the history of ballet. His Lady of the Camellias is one of the most heart-wrenching works in the repertoire.
5
In The Winter's Tale, hot international choreographer Christopher Wheeldon takes on Shakespeare's tale of insane jealousy and forgiveness.
6
George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins tower over all other choreographers of ballet in America. Two of their most beautiful pas de deux, Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky pas de deux, reveal much about their different styles and personalities.


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