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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July Tours en l'air Ballet newsletter



Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays


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







31 July 2015



Dear Balletomane,



In this newsletter:

Updates on Paris, Berlin, and other trips

Win tickets to Winter's Tale broadcast

Discounts on live theatre across Canada

Updates on ballet cinema broadcasts in North America

Plus more



Paris Amsterdam Ballet Trip April 2016

SOLD OUT within a day of being announced to the priority signup list

Berlin Dresden Ballet Trip April 2016

Now booking. Please click here for info.

Vienna Prague Ballet Trip May 2016

I am starting the planning for this but booking will not happen till late fall as I have to wait for the theatre in Prague to release tickets. 





The following trips are teetering on the verge of elimination. If you're thinking you might like to go, now is the time to let me know (no commitment required) so that I don't eliminate a trip in which people may in fact interested.



January 28 - February 1, Florida (West Palm Beach and Sarasota)
Miami City Ballet
La Source (Balanchine), Barber Violin Concerto (Martins), In the Upper Room (Tharp)
Sarasota Ballet
Emeralds (Balanchine), new Graziano, The Rake's Progress (de Valois)


February 2 – 4, San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet
7 for Eight (Tomasson), Magrittomania (Possokhov), Pas/Parts (Forsythe)

Continuum© (Wheeldon), Liam Scarlett World Premiere, Rubies (Balanchine)


February 27 - March 4,
Washington DC
Mariinsky Ballet
Raymonda

Washington Ballet

PRISM (Lopez Ochoa), State of Wonder (Webre), In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

New York City Ballet

Ash (Martins), After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon), New Peck,
The Infernal Machine (Martins), Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (Balanchine) 

La Sylphide (Bournonville), Bournonville Divertissements
 

May 12 - 15, 2016, New York

New York City Ballet
Ballo della Regina, Kammermusik No. 2, Vienna Waltzes (all Balanchine)
Dances at a Gathering, West Side Story Suite (both Robbins)

American Ballet Theatre
TBA

May 21 - 23 (Victoria Day Weekend) Boston
Boston Ballet
Swan Lake
New Armitage, New Yanowsky, Belong pas de deux (Vesak), Resonance (Martinez




Courtesy of the Bloor Cinema, Tours en l'air has 4 pairs of tickets to give away to their upcoming screening of Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale, performed by the Royal Ballet, on Sunday August 23 at noon.
To enter the contest, email toursenlair@gmail.com with the subject line WINTERSTALE by midnight Sunday August 16.
A draw will be made on Monday August 17. Winners will be notified by email.

Discounts on live theatre across Canada
Tours en l'air is happy to be able to offer you ticket discounts on major shows, including the Twyla Tharp company and Alvin Ailey at the Sony Centre, and much much more, through the Group Tix Company. For information, please email me at toursenlair@gmail.com.


Ballet appreciation course in Ottawa Fall 2015


I will be offering an "Introduction to the Ballet Broadcast Season" course at Carleton University this fall. For details, click on the above heading.

Cinema Broadcasts
Click on the headings below for info on ballet broadcasts in Canada and the US.
Royal Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet screenings in Canada 2015-16

featuring San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and New York City Ballet.
Bolshoi Ballet Broadcasts in the US

Master Calendars for Ballet performances
Planning a trip somewhere and want to know if there's any ballet on? Click on the headings below to see the calendars I have compiled from all the major ballet companies






Jurgita Dronina joins National Ballet of Canada as Principal Dancer




A treat for Frederick Ashton fans

The Royal Ballet's Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in his serene Symphonic Variations: https://youtu.be/kuc7EyfDRrI





Katherine Barber

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

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

BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Ballet Trip: Paris and Amsterdam, April 2016


For a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please click here

THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT!

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



Paris and Amsterdam

in Tulip Time

2 – 13 April 2016

12 days, 11 nights

4 ballet performances

The world's first ballet company,

Paris Opera Ballet, in Rudolf Nureyev's sumptuous Romeo and Juliet and a mixed program, and Dutch National Ballet showing off its renowned versatility in an all-Balanchine program and a program dedicated to iconic Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen



Saturday April 2 PARIS

Arrive Paris. Check into the 4-star Les Jardins du Marais hotel in the lovely Marais district, 12 minutes walk from the Bastille opera house.

Sunday April 3 PARIS

Afternoon: Paris Opera Ballet performance: Rudolf Nureyev's sumptuous Romeo and Juliet. Welcome dinner.

Monday April 4 PARIS

Day at leisure. Evening 2-course dinner before Paris Opera Ballet performance: Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky), Other Dances (Robbins), Duo Concertant (Balanchine), In Creases (Peck) at the historic Palais Garnier opera house.

Tuesday April 5 PARIS

Guided tour of Paris Opera Garnier. Rest of day at leisure

Wednesday April 6 PARIS

Day trip by private coach to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny. Private guided tour. Lunch. Return to Paris. Rest of day at leisure.

Thursday April 7 PARIS

Day at leisure.

Ghent


Friday April 8

PARIS – GHENT - AMSTERDAM

8 am: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury washroom-equipped private coach to Amsterdam. Noon: Arrive Ghent, Belgium. 12- minute cruise by private boat along the canal from coach park to central Ghent (12 minutes). Time for lunch, followed by private guided 90-minute walking tour of historic Ghent, with a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral and van Eyck's masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Free time to stock up on Belgian chocolate, have a waffle at an outdoor cafe, or stroll along the canals.

5 pm: Depart Ghent for Amsterdam


Saturday April 9 AMSTERDAM

Day at leisure. Evening: performance of Dutch National Ballet: Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations (all Balanchine)

Sunday April 10 AMSTERDAM

Day at leisure.

Monday April 11 AMSTERDAM

930 am: Private guided tour of the highlights of the recently reopened Rijksmuseum (1 hour). Evening: 3-course dinner.

Tuesday April 12 AMSTERDAM

Noon: Depart by private coach for the spectacular Keukenhof Garden

http://haarlem.ca/images/keukenhof.jpg

1240 pm: Arrive Keukenhof. Private guided tour of Keukenhof (about 90 minutes)

3 pm: depart Keukenhof for Zwolle (Netherlands). Farewell dinner before evening performance of Dutch National Ballet “all van Manen”: Metaforen, Two, Two, Gold Variations, Adagio Hammerklavier (

10 pm (approx): Depart Zwolle theatre by private coach and return directly to hotel.

11 pm (approx): Arrive hotel

Wednesday April 13

Check out of hotel and depart Amsterdam



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!



Total Package CA$4998 per person

based on double occupancy

Single supplement: CA$1875



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


Package includes:

11 nights double-share accommodation

Daily breakfast

Premium seats for 4 ballets

Transfer by private luxury coach from Paris to Amsterdam, with sightseeing stop in Ghent

Private guided walking tour of Ghent and canal boat cruise

Day excursion by private luxury coach to Giverny

Admission to Monet's house and garden with private guided tour in Giverny

Day excursion by private luxury coach to Keukenhof and Zwolle

Private guided tour of Keukenhof Gardens

Private guided tour of Rijksmuseum

Private guided tour of Garnier opera house

Four 3-course meals, one 2-course meal

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



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



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 10 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 Carlson Wagonlit 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





LAND-ONLY PACKAGE 
allows you the flexibility to arrange travel from your

most convenient departure point,

on the dates and times you prefer,

to use your frequent flyer points,

or to extend your stay if you wish.

Victor Travel's experienced agents

will be happy to assist you with

flight arrangements.





BALLET BUCKET LIST

Paris Opera Ballet performing at the Palais Garnier

Dutch National Ballet performing

van Manen



For more information:

email: toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496



SIGNUP DEADLINE 26 AUGUST 2015

If you wish, you can add on the Berlin-Dresden trip starting April 13. Click here for more information.







Monday, August 3, 2015

Berlin Dresden Ballet Trip April 13-21 2016 NOW BOOKING

For a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please click here.

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