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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ulyana Lopatkina documentary

In Russian with French subtitles. Lots of dancing.
Includes long excerpts from:
The Dying Swan
Staying Alive (Petit)
In the Night (Robbins) 
Carmen (Alonso)
Legend of Love (Grigorovich)
Trois Gnossiennes (van Manen)
Marguerite and Armand (Ashton)
Diamonds pas de deux (Balanchine)
Chopiniana (Fokine)
La Rose malade (Petit)
Johann Strauss Ball (Bart)
Tango (Androsov)

https://youtu.be/JMcrUh9A0Kc 




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Friday, August 28, 2015

Tours en l'air Newsletter August 2015

Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
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 August 28, 2015

Paris-Amsterdam Trip: ONE space available
Click here for info

Berlin-Dresden Trip April 13-21 2016: spaces still available
Click here for info.

Vienna-Prague Trip April 29-May 10 2016
I will be issuing the brochure sometime around the beginning of October, but there will be only a two-week window to sign up (ie by mid October) because of ticketing policies at the Vienna State Opera. If you are interested in this trip and haven't yet told me, please do so.

New Trips!
I am looking at adding the following to the schedule. Please let me know if you might be interested.

June 24 - July 3 Paris
English National Ballet
Le Corsaire
New York City Ballet
4 performances (repertoire TBA)
Paris Opera Ballet
New Peck,
Brahms-Schoenberg Variations (Balanchine)
August 5 - 8

Vail, Colorado
Vail International Dance Festival
For more information about this wonderful experience, click here.

Culture Days Free events
Friday September 25: National Ballet of Canada : Watch class and tour wardrobe. Click here for info.
National Ballet School: Free observation classes and beginner classes. Click here for info.

Bolshoi Babylon at TIFF
A documentary about the Bolshoi following the acid attack on Sergei Filin will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. For more info, click here.

Rollicking Story of the English Language course
Answers your burning questions about the English language. Tuesdays, 1-3pm, downtown Toronto, starting September 22. For more info, click here.

Ballet Appreciation Courses:
Carleton University, Ottawa: click here
U of Toronto: click here
Goethe Institute, downtown Toronto: Ballet 1919-1945. Tuesday mornings starting September 22nd. Please let me know if you would sign up for this course.

Ballet Book Gift Ideas

Carlos Acosta

http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2015/08/new-carlos-acosta-book.html


Photo book of Paris Opera Ballet danseurs

http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2015/08/photo-book-of-paris-opera-ballet.html


Videos:
Ballet Zurich (1 minute)

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi (Royal Ballet) (1 minute)

Paris Opera Ballet's Mathias Heymann:

The Etoiles of the Paris Opera Ballet

A mini ballet gala:



Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
www.toursenlair.blogspot.com

201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ashton's Sylvia livestream from Buenos Aires



The ballet of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires will be live-streaming Frederick Ashton's Sylvia this coming Saturday, 29 August, at 8 pm local time (7 pm Eastern Time). To watch the livestream, follow this link:
www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en-vivo

Here are some excerpts performed by Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle, and the Royal Ballet:

https://youtu.be/JWgi5lleN8c 

  



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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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Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free

In honour of Leonard Bernstein's birthday (born August 25, 1918).

https://youtu.be/nQxihx9WU_k


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Dance at Guggenheim Works and Process Fall 2015

Each intimate, 80–minute performance combines artistic creation with stimulating conversation, and takes place in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed, 285–seat Peter B. Lewis Theater in New York. A reception for the audience and artists follows most programs. In the past these programs have been livestreamed and available online after the event.

Fall 2015 Season Schedule


Balanchine’s Harlequinade: Commedia dell’arte Explored Sun and Mon, Sept 20 and 21, 7 pm
New York City Ballet dancers perform excerpts from George Balanchine’s Harlequinade, a masterful two-act ballet in the commedia dell’arte style, prior to the New York City Ballet’s full presentation in October. Following the performance, Pacific Northwest Ballet Education Programs Manager and dance scholar Doug Fullington will moderate a discussion exploring Balanchine’s Harlequinade, which was choreographed in the spirit of Marius Petipa, in whose Les Millions d’Harlequinade he danced as a student.



BalletCollective Mon, Oct 19, 7 pm
BalletCollective founder, choreographer, and New York City Ballet dancer Troy Schumacher discusses the upcoming season at NYU Skirball Center. Dancers Harrison Coll, Lauren King, Claire Kretzschmar, Ashley Laracey, Meagan Mann, David Prottas, and Taylor Stanley, accompanied by musical ensemble Hotel Elefant, perform excerpts from a new work by Schumacher and BalletCollective resident composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, inspired by commissioned photographs by Paul Maffi, and selections from a new Schumacher male duet with a score by NOW Ensemble Artistic Director Mark Dancigers, inspired by commissioned photographs by Dafyi Hagai.


Hagaromo Mon, Oct 26, 7 pm
Prior to the world premiere at the Brooklyn Academey of Music (BAM), as part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, director David Michalek, choreographer David Neumann, composer Nathan Davis, and puppeteer Chris Green discuss their reimagining the Japanese Noh theater classic Hagoromo. Excerpts are performed by Whelan and Soto, tenor Peter Tantsits, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).


Daniil Simkin’s Intensio Sun, Nov 8, 7 pm
Prior to the New York premiere at the Joyce Theater, excerpts from Intensio, including four new works by choreographers Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, are performed by Daniil Simkin and fellow American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston, Alexandre Hammoudi, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Cassandra Trenary, and James Whiteside, as well as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal’s Céline Cassone.


Broadway Dance Lab Sat, Nov 14, 7 pm
Broadway choreographer and Broadway Dance Lab (BDL) founder Josh Prince shares the culmination of BDL’s most recent eight-week session. Prince and choreographer Marcelo Gomes discuss their creative process with moderator Robert LaFosse and BDL’s ten dancers perform new works by Prince, Gomes, Camille A. Brown and others.


Juilliard Dance: New Dances
Sun, Nov 15, 7 pm
Juilliard Dance students perform excerpts from new works by four innovative choreographers prior to their premiere. Helen Simoneau’s piece features first-year dancers; Aszure Barton’s, second-year dancers; Zvi Gotheiner’s, third-year dancers; and Kyle Abraham’s, fourth-year dancers. Juilliard Dance Artistic Director Lawrence Rhodes discusses the creative process with the choreographers.


 
Paul Taylor Commissions: Doug Elkins & Larry Keigwin Sat and Sun, Nov 21 and 22, 7 pm
For the first time, as part of choreographer Paul Taylor’s significant new commissioning initiative, new creations by some of the most compelling voices of the next generation will be choreographed for dancers of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Choreographers Doug Elkins and Larry Keigwin participate in a discussion moderated by Paul Taylor–biographer Suzanne Carbonneau. Excerpts of the new works are performed alongside Taylor classics.


Inspired Collaborations: Emily Coates & Sarah Demers Mon, Nov 30, 7 pm
Yale dance professor and former New York City Ballet dancer Emily Coates and Yale physics professor and particle physicist Sarah Demers discuss their inspired collaboration in the classroom that has led to many inventive outcomes. Coates and Demers demonstrate how their interdisciplinary projects can expand the creative boundaries of both their fields.



Location:
Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue

Tickets:
$40, $35 members, unless otherwise noted
$10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starting August 12, 2015, for Friends of Works & Process or Guggenheim Members Associate level and above.
Season tickets will be on sale August 24, 2015.
Specific seats may be reserved when ordered online.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Meet the Etoiles of the Paris Opera Ballet

Paris Opera Ballet has published a series of 90-second videos for each of their étoiles:

Mathieu Ganio
https://youtu.be/eTBL2xEKlKQ


Dorothée Gilbert  

https://youtu.be/IbMWNVCj3Bk 

Laetitia Pujol 

https://youtu.be/QwzwO2as-9I

Amandine Albisson

https://youtu.be/WYZc5Iq_00M

 

Aurélie Dupont 

https://youtu.be/My0DU2qSDlM

 

Jérémie Belingard 

https://youtu.be/QEDBqJpBP2g

 

Myriam Ould-Braham 

https://youtu.be/b82UCnGiAO8

 

Josua Hoffalt 

https://youtu.be/d6lUA8AVR98

 

Stéphane Bullion 

https://youtu.be/46txdLZaIgI

Ludmila Pagliero 

https://youtu.be/Rfw8LoqHChs

Mathias Heymann

https://youtu.be/pmatmUzF8o8

Marie-Agnès Gillot 

https://youtu.be/ienVy_0mXrM

 

Alice Renavand 

https://youtu.be/uUaFWCFLJC4 

 

Hervé Moreau

 https://youtu.be/wC0m8iIdiY0

 

Karl Paquette 

https://youtu.be/How9xhR7x7I 


Emilie Cozette 

https://youtu.be/2eDM3Q7idyw



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

FREE! Watch NBOC class and tour studios

Celebrate Culture Days at The National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet of Canada and Culture Days invite you to see how ballet dancers begin each day with the daily ritual of company class. Observe professional dancers warm up their bodies with stretches and exercises, preparing physically and mentally for a day of rehearsals and performances. Tour the company's stunning studios at The Walter Carsen Centre and see beautiful costumes being created in our Wardrobe Department and visit the Pointe Shoe Room.
Culture Days at the National Ballet is FREE but space is limited.
Reserve today by calling 416 (1 866) 345-9595.





Friday September 25, 2015

10:15 — 11:15 am

The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada
470 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3K4


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Ballet Gala

For those of you who haven't yet had a chance to travel somewhere for a good old-fashioned summer ballet gala, or to see some of the top names in ballet, here's a nice one for you, starring:

Silvia Azzoni, Aleksandr Ryabko (Hamburg Ballet): Don Juan pas de deux (John Neumeier)

Claudio Coviello, Lusymay Di Stefano (La Scala): Le Spectre de la Rose (Michel Fokine)

Denys Cherevychko, Maria Yakovleva (Vienna State Ballet): Don Quixote pas de deux (Nureyev after Gorsky)

Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart Ballet), Oscar Chacon (Béjart Ballet Lausanne): Song of a Wayfarer (Maurice Béjart)

Giuseppe Picone : Swan Lake prince's solo (Rudolf Nureyev)

Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino (Bavarian State Ballet): White Swan pas de deux (Rudolf Nureyev after Ivanov)

Maurizio Nardi (Martha Graham Company): Lucifer (Martha Graham)

Ashley Bouder, Joaquin de Luz (New York City Ballet): Diana and Acteon pas de deux (Agrippina Vaganova); La Sylphide pas de deux (August Bournonville)

Evgenia Obraztsova, Denis Rodkin (Bolshoi Ballet): La Bayadere pas de deux (Nureyev after Petipa); Sleeping Beauty pas de deux (Petipa)

Vladimir Shklyarov, Maria Shirinkina (Mariinsky Ballet): Le Corsaire pas de deux

https://youtu.be/CrMrH0MFeYU


https://youtu.be/4xCr83VQXAE


https://youtu.be/VGp9yhhc21k


 


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Monday, August 17, 2015

New Carlos Acosta book

Gift idea for ballet lovers!

Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet

Binding: HardBack | Page extent: 160
ISBN: 9781783198900
£35.00
COMING SOON - This title will be available from Nov 2015
Carlos Acosta is the most iconic dancer of our times, a genius of ballet and an international star. This superb quality photo-led book is published to mark Acosta’s farewell season; an exciting retrospective to capture his greatest performances with The Royal Ballet.
With tributes from three successive Royal Ballet Directors; Sir Anthony Dowell, Dame Monica Mason and the present Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare; Associate Director Jeanetta Lawrence and various dancers of the Royal Ballet.
Carlos Acosta at The Royal Ballet is a tribute to his phenomenal success and popularity with Royal Ballet audiences since 1998. The book contains over 150 images of Carlos on stage and in rehearsal. Ballet photographs include his own production of Don Quixote, Requiem, Apollo, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, Judas Tree and Winter Dreams, plus many more.
This book is a unique record of his time with The Royal Ballet and a must-have book for all dance fans.

This book is available for pre-order from amazon.co.uk but not yet from amazon.ca or amazon.com

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