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, November 10, 2016

David Dawson's Swan Lake

I am a big fan of British choreographer David Dawson's work, which beautifully combines classical ballet vocabulary and a contemporary sensibility. His Giselle for Dresden Semperoper Ballet was a huge revelation and the absolute highlight for all the ballet lovers who came on the Tours en l'air trip to Vienna and Prague in 2015. It's a shame he is so little known in North America, but all the more reason to travel to Europe to see one of his ballets!

Last year he created a rethought Swan Lake for Scottish Ballet, and the BBC followed him and his two principals through the rehearsal process in this beautiful film, just released:

  
You can also see a whole rehearsal of the White Swan pas de deux here:
https://youtu.be/2ZTevPpnnkI


and the choreographer talking about his inspiration here:
https://youtu.be/b1PqFA7Jcjg


When I'm programming my Tours en l'air season I always keep an eye out for his ballets (he's resident choreographer at Dutch National Ballet, so Amsterdam is a likely spot to see his work).  If you see the name "Dawson" tacked on to a ballet title in the Tours en l'air schedule, be sure to give some extra thought to that trip!

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