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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Monday, February 27, 2017

Pinocchio casting - National Ballet of Canada


Skylar Campbell in Pinocchio. Photo by Karolina Kuras



Pinocchio Blue Fairy Geppetto Cat Fox Ringmaster
Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm
Jack Bertinshaw
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Saturday, March 11 at 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Sunday, March 12 at 2 pm
Robert Stephen
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Wednesday, March 15 at 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Thursday, March 16 at 730 pm
Jack Bertinshaw
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Friday, March 17 at 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Saturday, March 18 at 2 pm
Robert Stephen
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Saturday, March 18 at 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Sunday, March 19 at 2 pm
Jack Bertinshaw
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Thursday, March 23 at 2 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Thursday, March 23 at 730 pm
Robert Stephen
Hannah Fischer
Jonathan Renna
Jillian Vanstone
Félix Paquet
Evan McKie
Friday, March 24 at 730 pm
Skylar Campbell
Elena Lobsanova
Piotr Stanczyk
Jurgita Dronina
Dylan Tedaldi
Francesco Gabriele Frola

All performances at Four Seasons Centre, Queen and University, Toronto. Buy tickets here.

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Katherine Barber
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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Friday, February 17, 2017

Ballet Appreciation Course: Fokine, Nijinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1900-1919

Fokine, Nijinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1900-1919



  Get WAY more out of John Neumeier's fabulous ballet Nijinsky, which the National Ballet of Canada will be performing in late November. This deeply layered and powerful ballet makes many allusions to the ballets of the era. Make sure you catch them all, and understand their significance for Nijinsky himself and for the history of ballet. 

Fridays 10:00-noon
October 13  - November 17
Goethe Institute Toronto
100 University Avenue, 2nd floor 
$180 including HST 



Week 1: 1900-1905
The state of ballet in Russia in 1900. Michel Fokine
Week 2: 1905-1908
Isadora Duncan.  Anna Pavlova. The Dying Swan. Tamara Karsavina. Mathilde Kschessinska
Week 3: 1908-1909
Vaslav Nijinsky. Les Sylphides. Serge Diaghilev. Alexandre Benois. Léon Bakst . Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Week 4: 1910
Igor Stravinsky. Carnaval. Scheherazade. The Firebird.
Week 5: 1911-12
Le Spectre de la Rose. Petrushka. L'après-midi d'un faune. Bronislava Nijinska
Week 6: 1913-1919
Jeux. Rite of Spring. Till Eulenspiegel. John Neumeier and Nijinsky

To register, please email me  or phone me (416-693-4496) and

1) send a cheque to 
Katherine Barber
201 Hanson St
Toronto ON M4C 1A7

OR

2) arrange an Interac e-transfer to toursenlair@gmail.com
**Enrollment limited to 20**
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Katherine Barber
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

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647




Thursday, February 16, 2017

New! October 2017 ballet trip to Paris announced

If there is sufficient interest, Tours en l'air will be organizing a trip t o Amsterdam to see Dutch National Ballet and Paris to see the National Ballet of Canada in Nijinsky and Paris Opera Ballet's Jewels. Send an email to toursenlair@gmail.com if you are potentially interested!

September 28 - October 7

Paris and Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet
all van Manen: On the Move, 5 Tangos, Sarcasmen, Symphonieën der Nederlanden 

National Ballet of Canada
 Nijinsky (Neumeier)

Paris Opera Ballet 
 Jewels (Balanchine)

Dutch National Ballet
TBA

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Katherine Barber
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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 Season

https://youtu.be/sXJsA4J5A6E

 

The National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 Season


Touring 
Nijinsky October 3 – 8, 2017, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France 
Note from Tours en l'air: If there is sufficient interest, Tours en l'air will be organizing a trip to Paris to see this and Paris Opera Ballet's Jewels, possibly also including a trip to Amsterdam to see Dutch National Ballet (who have not yet announced their season). Send an email to toursenlair@gmail.com if you are potentially interested!
Fall Season 
The Winter’s Tale  November 10 – 19, 2017
Based on the classic play by Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale is a story of the deterioration of a marriage and the complex emotions that follow. “With brutal choreography and dramatic intelligence, Christopher Wheeldon has turned Shakespeare’s problem play into a mind-snagging ballet.” (The New Yorker) With an original score by Joby Talbot, set and costume design by Bob Crowley and lighting design by Natasha Katz, the ballet is an engaging and touching reflection on love, jealousy and the nature of family. 
Nijinsky November 22 – 26, 2017
Renowned for his unforgettable stage presence, Vaslav Nijinsky not only shattered all prevailing notions and expectations of the male dancer, but the limitation that convention had imposed on the dramatic possibilities in dance itself. Hailed “a triumph on all fronts” and “a ballet for the ages,” (The Globe and Mail), John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is a modern classic that resonates both with audiences and critics alike. 


Ballet appreciation course: Fokine, Nijinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1900-1919

Get WAY more out of John Neumeier's fabulous ballet Nijinsky with this course. This deeply layered and powerful ballet makes many allusions to the ballets of the era. Make sure you catch them all, and understand their significance for Nijinsky himself and for the history of ballet. email toursenlair@gmail.com to register.

Mondays 10:00-noon
October 16  - November 20
Goethe Institute Toronto
100 University Avenue, 2nd floor 
$180 including HST 


Holiday Season 
The Nutcracker December 9 – 30, 2017
The holiday classic choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, sold out completely in 2016 and returns with 25 performances in 2017. 
Touring 
Nijinsky January 25 – 27, 2018, National Arts Centre, Ottawa 
Winter Season 
Made in Canada:
The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Four Seasons & Emergence February 28 – March 4, 2018
Made in Canada is a programme of work by three of the finest Canadian choreographers working today. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s The Dreamers Ever Leave You is inspired by the work of artist Lawren Harris and was created in collaboration with Art Gallery of Ontario. The piece has its main stage debut along with James Kudelka’s masterwork The Four Seasons, set to the concerti by Vivaldi, and Crystal Pite’s sensational Emergence, which posits the instinct for social organization found in the insect realm as a precise metaphor for human interaction and purpose. 
The Sleeping Beauty March 8 – 18, 2018
Of all the full-length works in the ballet repertoire, none embodies the unabashed exuberance, grace and technical virtuosity of classical ballet as The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and staged by Karen Kain, The Sleeping Beauty is one of the most treasured works and holds a singular place in the company’s history.  
Summer Season
Frame by Frame† 
A ballet based on the work of Norman McLaren
By Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté
June 1 – 10, 2018
The legendary Canadian filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren set new standards for his art form throughout his long and illustrious career. Now, the playwright, director, actor and filmmaker Robert Lepage comes to the National Ballet for the first time to collaborate with Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté in a multidisciplinary production that explores McLaren’s’ life and work. 
MAD HOT BALLET Gala
June 13, 2018 
Paz de la Jolla* & Dark Angels* & Cacti
June 16 – 22, 2018
A mixed programme featuring the company premieres of Paz de la Jolla, Justin Peck’s heartfelt and sunwashed homage to his southern California upbringing set to music by Martinu and Guillaume Côté’s Dark Angels, a new work being created for the National Arts Centre’s celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial set to an original score by Kevin Lau. Rounding out the programme is the return of the audience favourite Cacti, choreographed by Alexandar Ekman. 
World Premiere
*Company Premiere
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto 

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Katherine Barber
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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ukrainian National Ballet & Chagall in Montreal now booking



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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
In partnership with CWT Victor Travel

101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

presents



Ballet and Chagall

in

Montreal



planned with care and escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



29-30 April 2017

2 days, 1 night

1 live ballet performance

1 performance ballet in cinema





REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE DATE

15 MARCH 2017

TO BOOK

Call Lucy Nati at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010 x. 234
toll-free 1-866-699-0199




Saturday 29 April
Arrive Montreal; check in to the 4-star Delta Montreal conveniently located 8 minutes walk from Place des Arts.
2 pm: private guided tour at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts of Chagall: Colour and Music. The biggest Canadian exhibition ever devoted to Marc Chagall (1887-1985), it features 340 art works and a large selection of photographs, films, and musical excerpts.

This exhibition is the first to focus on Chagall’s profound connection to music. It includes a projection of a close-up view of the famous ceiling of the Paris Opera, allowing us to appreciate the splendour of this monumental decor and view details that are normally not visible to the naked eye. Three galleries are devoted to the ballets for which Chagall designed the sets and costumes: Aleko (1942, Mexico City), The Firebird (1945, New York) and Daphnis and Chloe (Brussels-Paris, 1958-1959).

Evening: three-course dinner in the company of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Ukrainian demi-soloist Anya Nesvitaylo and her husband, former dancer and current dance and fashion photographer Sasha Onyshchenko, followed by performance of National Ballet of Ukraine (also known as the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine or Kiev Ballet): The Marriage of Figaro (Yeremenko).


Sunday 30 April
Morning: Hot and cold buffet breakfast and Q&A with Les Grands Ballets principal dancer Hervé Courtain, former soloist with Paris Opera Ballet. Check out of hotel.


Costume sketch, A Midsummer Night's Dream,

Christian Lacroix


Noon – 2 pm: Paris Opera Ballet on screen in George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a new production designed by Christian Lacroix (no broadcasts outside Quebec in North America).
Depart Montreal.



REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE DATE


15 MARCH 2017



Total package CA$899 per person,

based on double occupancy

(one king or two double beds)

Single supplement: CA$100

All prices valid till 15 March 2017



You have the flexibility of

arranging travel at your own convenience.



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!



TO BOOK

Call Lucy Nati at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010 x. 234

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



You can use RBC Reward Points

and/or RBC Certificates towards

the purchase of this package





Please note that 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” or “ballet only” option.

Travellers requiring a walker or non-motorized wheelchair for any portion of the trip are welcome with a companion
Any mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.

Travellers wishing to share will be
put in touch with one another.


Package price includes:
Premium orchestra seat for 1 performance, reserved before individual ticket sales begin
Ticket for Paris Opera Ballet in cinema
Private guided tour of Chagall exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; includes admission to permanent collection
1 Q&A with Hervé Courtain
1 night double-share accommodation in the Delta Montreal
1 3-course dinner with coffee, tea, and wine in the company of two Ukrainian dancers
1 hot and cold buffet breakfast
Ballet enrichment notes
Free wi-fi throughout hotel
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:
Transportation to and from Montreal
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance



Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable payment in full of CA$899 per person, plus single supplement if applicable and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance, is required at time of registration, no later than15 March 2017.



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



RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through CWT Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany payment for the package and is non-refundable.



For more information on all our
 

exciting ballet trips: 
 

toursenlair@gmail.com or 416.693.4496





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Katherine Barber
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

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647