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, April 27, 2017

Tea and Tutus with Evelyn Hart


Tea and Tutus

Evelyn Hart talks about Swan Lake

 

Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart 
shares her memories and insights
Full afternoon tea (sandwiches, mini-quiche, scones, cream, and jam, fruit and petits fours, pot of tea) including tax and tip, and one-hour talk and Q&A
Sunday June 4, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunday June 11, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$60
T-Buds Tea Lounge
2nd floor (17 steps)
3343 Yonge St, Toronto, 
at the corner of Yonge and Snowdon/Fairlawn
3 blocks north (about 5 minutes walk) 
of the north (Ranleigh) exit of
Lawrence subway station
 
Space is limited to only 24 ballet-lovers.
Makes a great Mother's Day gift!
To sign up:
Send an email to
toursenlair@gmail.com
SPECIFYING WHICH DATE
Tickets are $60 per person including tax
and can be paid by 
Interac e-transfer to wordlady.barber@gmail.com
or 
send a cheque 
made out to Katherine Barber 
at 201 Hanson St Toronto M4C 1A7


Monday, April 24, 2017

Marcia Haydée documentary




An excellent documentary about Stuttgart Ballet legend Marcia Haydée on her 80th birthday. In German but with lots of archival footage of Haydée, Richard Cragun, John Cranko, John Neumeier,  Alicia Amatriain, Jason Reilly, and others.

http://www.swr.de/film/marcia-haydee-ballett-stuttgart-tanz/-/id=5791128/did=19353694/nid=5791128/1nr9eya/index.html

Tours en l'air will be organizing a ballet trip to Stuttgart for July 2018; to stay updated on plans, sign up for our mailing list.  

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Reid Anderson biography now available



A new biography by Angela Reinhardt and Gary Smith looks at the life of Stuttgart Ballet Artistic Director Reid Anderson, starting with his early life in Canada and then as a dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, and Artistic Director of Ballet BC, The National Ballet of Canada, and Stuttgart Ballet.

The book is available in a German version and an English version. This is the link for the English version on amazon.de: https://www.amazon.de/Reid-Anderson-Having-Dancer-Director/dp/3894877901/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492958967&sr=8-2&keywords=reid+anderson+having+it

Reid Anderson will be retiring in July 2018, and Tours en l'air will be offering a trip to Stuttgart for the celebrations. Details will be announced in June. Sign up for the Tours en l'air newsletter to be kept up to date on this and other fantastic ballet trips in 2017-18.


For a summary of the book, click here.


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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Evelyn Hart stars in new Kudelka ballet



Photo: Former RWB Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart and RWB Corps de Ballet Dancer Liam Caines; Photo Credit: David Cooper

Vespers


World Premiere

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian ballet icon Evelyn Hart joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers, a new ballet choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.
Vespers combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.
Claudio Montevardi’s stunning score is performed by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting. This emotionally powerful ballet features iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart in a role created especially for her.
Photo: Former RWB Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart and RWB Corps de Ballet Dancer Liam Caines; Photo Credit: David Cooper



Show Times

Winnipeg, MB
Wed May 10 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Thu May 11 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Fri May 12 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Sat May 13 2017 7:30 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Winnipeg, MB
Sun May 14 2017 2:00 PM Centennial Concert Hall Buy Tickets
Running Time: 1:38 (Act 1: 44 minutes / Intermission: 20 minutes / Act 2: 34 minutes)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

2018 Tours en l'air Ballet trips



Although some companies have not yet announced their 2017-18 seasons, Tours en l'air has identified some great ballet travel opportunities for 2018. Please see below, and do let me know if any of them tempt you.

2018

March 12 - 21, 2018
(10 days, 4 performances)
Vienna and Budapest (day trip to Bratislava)
Vienna State Ballet
Raymonda (Nureyev)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations (both Balanchine), Bach Suite III (Neumeier),The Concert (Robbins)
Hungarian National Ballet
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Rostislav)
Slovak National Theatre Ballet  
Esmeralda (Medvedev after Petipa)
 
April 14 - 23, 2018
(10 days, 9 performances)
Munich
Bavarian State Ballet
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Neumeier)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon)
Spartacus (Grigorovich)
Bavarian State Ballet Junior Company and School Performance
Anna Karenina (Spuck)
Borderlands, Kairos, New Creation (McGregor)
The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Onegin (Cranko)

April 26 – 30 (5 days, 4 performances)
San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet
Festival of New Works
12 new works by: David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Yuri Possokhov, Dwight Rhoden, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon.

May 26 – 27 (2 days, 2 performances)
Boston
Boston Ballet
Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Chaconne (all Balanchine)
La Sylphide, Excerpts from Napoli, Flower Festival in Genzano, Abdallah (all Bournonville)

June
Copenhagen
Royal Danish Ballet
Ballet Festival: program & dates TBA

late June
Chicago
Paris Opera Ballet
Repertoire and dates TBA, but drawn from:
La Sylphide (Lacotte),
Blake Works (Forsythe), Etudes (Lander),
Le Jeune homme et la mort (Petit) and
works by Crystal Pite and Ivan Perez

June 29 - July 8
Berlin and Hamburg (day trip to Dresden)
Berlin State Ballet
Don Quixote
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Heatscape (Peck), Political Mother (Schechter)
National Ballet of Canada
Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite),The Man in Black (Kudelka)
Hamburg Ballet
Illusions...like Swan Lake (Neumeier)
Beethoven Project (Neumeier)
The Concert, Dances at a Gathering  (Robbins)  
 
mid-July
Stuttgart
Stuttgart Ballet
Reid Anderson retirement celebration: program & dates TBA


Other 2017-18 trips will be added as the ballet companies announce their seasons

 
Please let us know which trips you are potentially interested in and available for. 

This is just an expression of interest,
NOT a commitment to join the trip. It puts you on the priority list when booking officially opens, and you also get to have some input during the planning process concerning your preferences. Some trips sell out, so you want your name to be in there!

phone: 416-693-4496 
 
website: www.toursenlair.blogspot.ca

 


Tours en l'air has been offering meticulously designed and planned ballet-themed vacations in partnership with CWT Victor Travel since 2010. We have now completed more than 25 of these vacations, in both
North America and Europe.
Typically our groups, which vary in size from 10 to

 30 participants, are constituted of about half 
 
returning clients (many of whom have gone on

 several Tours en l'air trips) and half new clients.

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip to Germany and ALL that that included, not just ballet. You sure know how to fill one’s eyes, ears and mind with sights, sounds, history and true beauty. It was and will remain a most memorable trip. I do sincerely hope there will be
another in our future.”

-- Bill and Mandy Macrae,
Collingwood, Ontario
(Berlin and Dresden, April 2016)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Royal Ballet Jewels in Cinema (Toronto): Ticket giveaway

https://youtu.be/q7ARFCFOyf0



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will be showing Balanchine's Jewels performed by the Royal Ballet, Saturday 13 May at 1130 am. Once again the cinema has generously provided 10 pairs of tickets for Tours en l'air to give away.

To enter your name in the contest, send an email with the subject heading JEWELS to toursenlair@gmail.com.

Contest closes midnight May 1.

By participating in the contest you agree to have your email address added to the Tours en l'air mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Royal Ballet in Cinema 2017-18 season

Please click on the titles to find a venue and date near you. In Toronto these are likely to be shown at Hot Docs Cinema. Sign up for the Tours en l'air newsletter to be kept up to date on showings and also for ticket giveaways.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

23 October 2017
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

The Nutcracker

5 December 2017
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.


The Winter's Tale

28 February 2018
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.


New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

27 March 2018
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.


Manon

3 May 2018
Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet.

Swan Lake

12 June 2018
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

For Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2017-18 season, click here:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/04/bolshoi-in-cinema-2017-18-season.html 

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
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201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Win tix for "Margot" film at Hot Docs in Toronto





Margot
163 Minutes | 2005 | UK |
Sun, May 7 2:15 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Buy Tickets

Tours en l'air has a pair of tickets to give away to this screening, courtesy of Hot Docs. To enter the draw,
send an email with the subject line FONTEYN
to toursenlair@gmail.com
Contest closes midnight April 21.
 
One of Palmer’s great classical portraits, here is a doc brimming with the stuff of fiction— talent, courage, sex and scandal—in the true rise and fall of legendary English ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Naturally there’s superb archival film of Fonteyn, including performances in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Giselle. But Palmer demonstrates an ability to extract new meaning from these selections as he integrates new original scenes, including interviews with fellow dancers, partners and others who knew and loved her. Fonteyn’s scandalous off-stage life was under constant scrutiny. She was once held for questioning in a Panama City prison on suspicion of taking part in a coup attempt. Two years later, at the age of 42, Margot’s electrifying partnership with Russian defector Rudolf Nureyev (then 24) caused even more gossip. The film is ultimately a testament to a true artist, one who tragically descended into obscurity and poverty. Michael McNamara

Director(s):Tony Palmer
Producer(s):Melvyn Bragg
Editor(s):Tony Palmer
Writer(s):Tony Palmer
Cinematographer(s):Anne Dodsworth
Composer(s):Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sergei Prokofiev
Sound:Lance England

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647