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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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fun dancer listing on Zurich Ballet's website

This is fun, from Ballett Z├╝rich's website. If you go to this page, where all the dancers are listed, watch what happens when you hover over (don't click) each picture with your mouse and then move to another one:

http://www.opernhaus.ch/spielplan/ballett/ballett-home/

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Photo exhibit from Aleksandar Antonijevic

National Ballet of Canada Dancer Harrison James
Photo credit: Aleksandar Antonijevic

ALEKSANDAR ANTONIJEVIC: VOYAGE INTO A SACRED HARBOUR
A collection of 22 new artworks by the Canadian photographer Aleksandar Antonijevic. In these “photographic sculptures” the artist is exploring the simplicity of the human body as an ultimate sophistication.

May 5 – June 9, 2016

Reception Thursday May 5

6 - 9 pm

Artist in attendance

BERENSON FINE ART

212 AVENUE ROAD
TORONTO ON CANADA M5R 2J4
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GALLERY HOURS

TUESDAY-SATURDAY: 12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
OR BY APPOINTMENT

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bolshoi Don Quixote live broadcast casting


Casting is up for April 10 "Live in Cinema" broadcast of Bolshoi's new staging of Don Quixote: http://www.bolshoi.r...#20160410180000 

Kitri Ekaterina Krysanova
Basilio, a barber Semyon Chudin
Don Quixote, an errant knight Alexei Loparevich
Sancho Panza, his squire Roman Simachev
Friends to Kitri
Juanita Victoria Yakusheva
Piccilia Anna Okuneva

Gamache, a wealthy nobleman Denis Medvedev
A Street Dancer Anna Tikhomirova
Espada Ruslan Skvortsov
Mercedes Kristina Karasyova
Lorenzo, Kitri's father Yegor Simachev
Lorenzo's Wife Galina Ivanova


Dulcinea Ekaterina Krysanova
The Queen of the Dryads Olga Smirnova
Cupid Daria Khokhlova
Three Dryads Nelli Kobakhidze, Olga Marchenkova, Marfa Sidorenko
Four Dryads Anna Voronkova, Alesya Gradova, Daria Gurevich, Svetlana Pavlova
Spanish Dance Vera Borisenkova, Lyudmila Yermakova, Anna Zakaraya
Gipsy Dance Anna Antropova
Fandango. Soloists Maria Zharkova, Evgeny Golovin
Bolero Oxana Sharova, Dmitry Dorokhov
First Variation in Grand Pas Anna Tikhomirova
Second Variation in Grand Pas Yulia Stepanova (Yangurazova) 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ohad Naharin film at Toronto Hot Docs Festival

 
Mr. Gaga
100 Minutes | 2015 | Israel Sweden Netherlands Germany | Hebrew English (Subtitles) | Canadian Premiere | Rating:
Sun, May 1 6:15 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
King St W at Richmond 
 
Mon, May 2 12:45 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
King St W at Richmond  
 
Enter the creative process of Ohad Naharin, an Israeli choreographer whose joyous performances have redefined the language of dance. Once a sought-after dancer in the company of Martha Graham, Naharin has spent the past 25 years pushing the boundaries of physical and political expression at Tel Aviv's Batsheva Dance Company. Through rich archival footage, intimate rehearsals and eye-popping dance sequences, director Tomer Heymann crafts an affectionate portrait of a cultural maverick and his audacious efforts to bring the joy of movement to people of all ages and physical abilities. The product of an eight-year collaboration between Heymann and his subject, Mr. Gaga is a feast for the senses, celebrating an artist whose exuberant dances capture the thrills and burdens of having a body. Will Di Novi
Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Director(s):Tomer Heymann
Producer(s):Barak Heymann
Editor(s):Alon Greenberg

Ido Mochrik

Ron Omer
Executive Producer(s):Diana Holtzberg
Cinematographer(s):Itai Raziel
Composer(s):Ishai Adar
Sound:Alex Claude
Website:www.mrgagathefilm.com/    
 
Other upcoming screenings:
DOK Fest Munich/ Munich, Germany / May 2016
  • Details are coming soon...

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival / Durham, NC, USA / April 2016
  • Thursday, 7 April @ 7:00PM 

FilmIsReal / Amsterdam, Netherlands / 14-18 April 2016
  • More info coming soon...


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Vienna State Ballet Le Corsaire webstream



Manuel Legris' new production of Le Corsaire will be streamed online on Saturday, April 2. The live stream will take place at 7 pm Central European Time, but it's possible to reserve one of multiple start times within 72 hours of the live broadcast.  There is a 14 euro charge for the livestream.

casting:  Medora - Maria Yakovleva
Conrad - Robert Gabdullin
Gulnare - Liudmila Konovalova
Lanquendem - Kirill Kourlaev
Birbanto - Davide Dato
Zulmea - Alice Firenze
Seyd Pasha - Mihail Sosnovschi
Odalisques - Natascha MairNina TonoliPrisca Zeisel
http://www.staatsope...16-04-02/#tab_0
http://www.wiener-st...ntid=963915483

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lawren Harris-inspired ballet at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Dreamers Ever Leave You
An immersive ballet inspired by the work of Lawren Harris
performed in gallery at the AGO

This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Ballet of Canada come together to co-present The Dreamers Ever Leave You, an innovative new ballet created and choreographed by rising star Robert Binet and inspired by the work of iconic Canadian painter Lawren Harris. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, The Dreamers Ever Leave You is an immersive ballet created for a gallery setting.


Featuring music by composer Lubomyr Melnyk and performed at the Art Gallery of Ontario by artists of The National Ballet, The Dreamers Ever Leave You invites visitors to move through the gallery as the performance happens around them. Melnyk will perform his score live in the space alongside the dancers, who will move freely under shifting light and colour, evoking Harris’ majestic visions of land, light and sky.


Tickets will go on sale to the public on March 24 at 10 am.

Performance Dates and Times
August 31 – September 10, 2016

At the Art Gallery of Ontario, in the Signy Eaton Gallery (second floor)
AGO Members: $45 | Public: $55 (plus applicable tax and service charges)

  • Tickets to this special Ballet include admission to the exhibition, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris on your selected performance date. 

Performance Times Entry Times
Wednesday, August 31, 6 – 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, September 2, 6 – 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:45 pm 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 3, 2 – 4:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 3:30 pm
Wednesday, September 7,  6 – 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:45 pm 7:30 pm
Friday, September 9,  6 – 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:45 pm 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 10, 2 – 4:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 3:30 pm
 
A Note About the Performances
Please note that The Dreamers Ever Leave You is an immersive gallery performance. It will be located at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Signy Eaton Gallery on the second floor. Visitors are invited to move throughout the gallery as the performance happens around them. We recommend visitors plan to stay for 30 minutes or more. For visitors with accessibility needs a very limited number of seats will be available. Tickets will be timed, with three entry times available per performance.


The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Hammer Museum curated by comedian, musician, actor and writer Steve Martin in collaboration with Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum, and Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the AGO.  At the core of this exhibition are more than 30 of Harris's most significant northern landscapes from the 1920s and 1930s, drawn from major public and private collections.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The making of a tutu

Great time-lapse video on the making of a tutu, from Royal Swedish Ballet. 17 hours in 4 minutes!


https://youtu.be/fIlot_yc8xQ

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Friday, March 11, 2016

La Danse documentary on TFO March 18

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Frederick Wiseman's documentary about Paris Opera Ballet will air on the French network of TVOntario, TFO, on Friday March 18 at 8 pm. EST.

https://youtu.be/KN1cc3C9tdg





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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Film: Auditioning for the Vaganova Academy

Dance of the Little Swans follows young dancers applying for and experiencing their first few months at the prestigious ballet school in St. Petersburg.

https://rtd.rt.com/files/films/dance-of-the-little-swans/dance-of-the-little-swans_35.mp4



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Thursday, March 3, 2016

One spot available for Berlin Dresden Ballet trip in April.

We have had a cancellation for our Berlin Dresden trip, which offers a big ballet-and-sightseeing bang for your buck. Check out how much is included!
Below is the brochure. Please get in touch ASAP if you want to experience this great trip.
Bear in mind that price is quoted in CANADIAN dollars. The US$ equivalent will be about 25% less.


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

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

presents



Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays



escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



Berlin and Dresden

13 - 21 April 2016

9 days, 8 nights

4 ballet performances



Sanssouci Palace

Wednesday April 13 BERLIN

Arrive Berlin. Check into the superior 4-star Arcotel John F hotel in the Unter den Linden district of central Berlin, 10 minutes walk from the Komische Oper.

Thursday April 14 BERLIN

Morning: Day excursion to Potsdam (45 minutes from Berlin) by private coach to see the magnificent Unesco World Heritage Sanssouci Palace, home of Frederick the Great, followed by 2-hour private guided coach tour of the highlights of Berlin. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner before Berlin State Ballet performance: Nacho Duato's Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness, set to music by J.S. Bach.

Friday April 15 BERLIN

Day at leisure. Evening: 3-course dinner before Berlin State Ballet performance: Romeo and Juliet (Cranko).
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Saturday April 16 BERLIN

Day at leisure. Evening: buffet dinner before Berlin State Ballet performance: Giselle

Sunday April 17 BERLIN-DRESDEN

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Dresden Semperoper Ballet Sleeping Beauty © Costin Radu

Check out of hotel. Morning at leisure. Mid-afternoon: Transfer by private coach to Dresden (approx. 2 ½ hours). Check in to five-star Swissotel Dresden am Schloss, 5 minute walk from opera house. 2-course dinner before evening performance of Semperoper Ballet Dresden Sleeping Beauty.

Monday April 18 DRESDEN

Morning: Private guided walking tour of historic Dresden, with a visit to the “Green Vault” priceless treasure chamber of the Saxon dukes. Rest of day at leisure.
Semperoper Dresden



Tuesday April 19 DRESDEN

Attend daily ballet class and working rehearsals of Dresden Semperoper Ballet. Private guided tour of the spectacular Semperoper. Evening at leisure.

Wednesday April 20 DRESDEN

Day trip to MEISSEN

Morning: depart by train for Meissen (45 minutes from Dresden), where Europeans first discovered the secret to making porcelain in 1708. Guided tour of the Meissen Porcelain demonstration workshops and museum. Time for lunch, then 90-minute walking tour of historic Meissen. Return to Dresden. Rest of afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course farewell dinner.

Meissen



Thursday April 21 DRESDEN

Check out of hotel and depart Dresden



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!



Total Package CA$3298 per person

based on double occupancy

Single supplement: CA$675



All prices valid till 26 August 2015



You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of any or all components of these travel arrangements



TO BOOK: 416.736.6010 x. 234


LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point,

on the dates and times you prefer,

and to extend your stay if you wish.

Victor Travel's experienced agents

will be happy to assist you with

flight arrangements.



Package includes:

8 nights double-share accommodation

Daily breakfast

Premium seats for 4 ballets

Transfer by private luxury coach from Berlin to Dresden

Day excursion by private luxury coach to Potsdam with private tour guide

Private guided bus tour of Berlin

Admission to Sanssouci Palace

Day excursion by train to Meissen

Private guided walking tours of Dresden, Meissen, and the Meissen porcelain workshops

Visit to Semperoper Ballet daily class and rehearsals, and private guided tour of Semperoper opera house

Four 3-course dinners; one 2-course dinner

Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)

Tips for group meals, bus excursions, and guides

Free wifi in hotels

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader



Not included:

Airfare

Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls

Cancellation insurance

and hospital/medical insurance

All items and activities listed as optional in this brochure






Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable deposit of CA$1750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 26 August 2015, to secure your space for this package**.

Single supplement, optional airfare (price available on request) and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.

Final payment due 24 February 2016, and total package price is

fully non-refundable.

Added hotel nights are fully non-refundable

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

Manulife out-of-province health insurance (for Ontario residents holding an OHIP card) and trip cancellation insurance are available through Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.



**The deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent





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” option.



Travellers wishing to share will be

put in touch with one another.



Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering





What the critics say:

Semperoper Ballett, under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin, is a company

that can take anything on.”

Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe, July 2015

Meissen porcelain



For more information about this trip:

email: toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496