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Travel Tours for Ballet or Dance Performances

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I have traveled widely for business and sightseeing and have on ocassion attended available performances in theater, opera, and dance.

Being in the Washington, DC area I have traveled to New York and Boston to catch local or visiting ballet or dance companies. But visiting companies rarely do more than the tried and true standards so traveling to their home bases is a must.

So instead, I thought it would be fun to combine a vacation tour of cities coordinated with ballet and or dance performances.

I am thinking a week or ten day tour stopping in two or three of the following European cities: Paris, Lyon, the Hague, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Monte Carlo coordinated with one or two ballet or dance events in each city.

Do such tours exist; if so I have had little success finding them on the internet?

Bruce

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Welcome to Ballet Alert, Bruce; we're happy to have you with us. I've been a ballet nut for over 60 years and have dreamed of a European ballet tour for decades. I've looked and haven't found one, nor do I know if European ballet schedules would lend themselves to such a tour. If you find one be sure to let me know. In the meantime enjoy the board; lots of ballet information on it.

Giannina

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I know that there are some tours arranged by a group connected with the National Ballet of Canada, but I don't know the contact information off the top of my head. Will try to look. They have gone to Europe (various countries) and spots in the US. The woman who leads the tours also gives a continuing ed class in Ballet History at the University of Toronto. From time to time she leads ballet talks prior to performances, and I always feel I learn the most when she is speaking. When someone else steps up to the podium it is never the same. I would love to take part in one of the ballet tours some day.

I wil post more information if I find it.

mom2

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GianninaM, I thought you much more youthful. The first 30 years of your ballet experience must have been from your prior lives. smile.png

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Yes, that (Tours en L'air) is the organization I remember as well. I think there is also one in Australia, but unfortunately, I don't remember the name of that one, and will have to check my rather disorganized archives (unless an online--Google?-- search might do?)

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Yes, that (Tours en L'air) is the organization I remember as well. I think there is also one in Australia, but unfortunately, I don't remember the name of that one, and will have to check my rather disorganized archives (unless an online--Google?-- search might do?)

My colleague Elizabeth Zimmer has done some work with Renaissance Tours in Sydney, Australia, but these are Australians, coming to the US.

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Yes, Tours en L'air is the one I was thinking of! The "word lady" is the person I was trying to describe - you will find her much more articulate! Please let us know if you do decide to go.

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Just a quick note to say that I located the blog today for tours en l'air - I contacted the "word lady" and she responded quite promptly.

Thank you to the originator of this thread - you helped me find something I'd been looking for!

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There is also a British based tour company called Travel for the Arts.

Over the years, I've met a number of people who have been travelling independently, having compared schedules and worked out their own itineraries. We used to meet up often in the Autumn with an American gentleman (Jim from the Bronx) who spent a month in the UK following all the British companies he could find.

The "Word Lady" was in the UK last Autumn. I met her at Birmingham where she interviewed Robert Parker for her group and Friends of BRB.

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Hello, here I am. It took me a while to find this thread again. I run the Tours en l'air ballet holidays, and would love to hear from any of you who want to join in our great ballet experiences. You can find information about the trips (and lots of other ballet stuff) on my website, or you can email me at toursenlair@gmail.com to be added to my mailing list. I look forward to meeting you (virtually)!

Katherine Barber

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Some very juicy programs -- it sounds like a wonderful time!

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I have just launched the program for a ballet trip to Vienna, Bratislava, Dresden, and Prague next spring. Details here:

http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/11/vienna-prague-ballet-trip-now-booking.html

Also, I will soon be planning a trip to Munich and Stuttgart for end of April, and Hamburg ballet days (including guest appearance by Houston Ballet) beginning July. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these.

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My Munich-Stuttgart ballet trip is now available for booking (deadline Jan 20)

This trip sounds fantastic, Katherine!

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With the Stuttgart Ballet having announced its season today, I have now completed my list of possible ballet trips for 2016. Please see below. For more info, visit http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/ or message me.

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, TBA

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


April 1 - 13
Paris and Amsterdam


Paris Opera Ballet
Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky), Duo Concertant (Balanchine), Other Dances (Robbins), In Creases (Peck)

Romeo and Juliet (Nureyev)

Dutch National Ballet
Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations (all Balanchine)

Metaforen, Two, Two, Gold Variations, Adagio Hammerklavier (all van Manen)



April 13 - 20
Berlin and Dresden

Staatsballett Berlin
Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Giselle
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Sleeping Beauty


April 29 - May 10
Prague and Vienna
(day trip to Bratislava)

Czech National Ballet
La Bayadère
Valmont


Vienna State Ballet
Mayerling (MacMillan)
Marie Antoinette (de Bana)

Hamburg Ballet
Shakespeare Dances (Neumeier)

Slovak National Theatre Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty




May 12 - 15, 2016, 4 days

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)



June 11-20, 10 days
South of France (Toulouse and Bordeaux)

Ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Messiah (Wainrot)

Ballet of the Théatre du Capitole Toulouse

Paquita grand pas (Petipa), Firebird (Béjart)


July 15 - 25, 11 days
Stuttgart

Dancers of the Korean National Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Ballett Zürich, Ballet du Rhin, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett im Revier and Gauthier Dance

Mixed Program

Stuttgart Ballet

Mixed Program (excerpts from Stuttgart Ballet world premieres of the last 20 years)

the second detail (Forsythe), new Goecke, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (Scholz)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko)
Onegin (Cranko)
John Cranko School Gala
Stuttgart Ballet Gala

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I have now completed my list of possible ballet trips for 2016-17. Please see below. For more info, visit http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/2016-17-tours-en-lair-ballet-trips.html or message me. You can join a trip from anywhere in the world.

2016

August 10 - 13, 4 days, 2 performances

Saint-Sauveur, Quebec

BOOKING JUNE 2016

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

Guillaume Côté and dancers of the National Ballet of Canada:

The Story of us (Marcelo Gomes, World Premiere, with Heather Ogden)

Venom (Côté)

The Sleeping Beauty prince's solo


Dance me to the end of love (Côté)
Solos and pas de deux from the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoires

    • Guillaume Côté – National Ballet of Canada

    • Heather Ogden – National Ballet of Canada

    • Misty Copeland – American Ballet Theatre

    • Blaine Hoven - American Ballet Theatre

    • Nehemiah Kish – The Royal Ballet

    • Yuhui Choe – The Royal Ballet

    • Anne Plamondon - Independent artist

    • more dancers TBA
Optional performance
Louise Lecavalier and Frédéric Tavernini
in So Blue



October 14 -16

New York

New York City Ballet

New Lovette, New Peck 1, New Walker, New Lopez Ochoa, Everywhere We Go (Peck)


Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Firebird (Balanchine)


Glass Pieces (Robbins), Thou Swell (Martins), Stars and Stripes (Balanchine)


THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY NEW YORK TRIP IN 2016-17


2017


January 23 - February 2 (11 days)

Budapest and Vienna


Hungarian National Ballet

Onegin (Cranko)

Vienna State Ballet

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)


Cinderella (Malandain)


Carmina Burana (Orlic), Bolero (Lukacs), Afternoon of a Faun (Nebyla)


Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno

Black and White (Radacovsky)

BOOKING OCTOBER 2016



February 3 - 5

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet

HAFFNER SYMPHONY (Tomasson), JIŘÍ BUBENÍČEK WORLD PREMIERE, IN THE COUNTENANCE OF KINGS (Peck)



SEVEN SONATAS (Ratmansky), YURI POSSOKHOV WORLD PREMIERE, PAS/PARTS 2016 (Forsythe)

BOOKING NOVEMBER 2016



February 24 - March 5 (10 days)

Berlin and Dresden (day trip to Leipzig)

Berlin State Ballet


Onegin (Cranko)


Castrati (Duato), Petite Mort (Kylian), Secus (Naharin)


Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)


Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Swan Lake


Leipzig Ballet

Van Gogh (Schroder)



March 8-12 (5 days)

Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale


Sarasota Ballet

Scènes de ballet (American premiere), The Two Pigeons (both Ashton)


Miami City Ballet

The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky), Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Balanchine), Polyphonia (Wheeldon)



April 1 - 12 (12 days)

Zurich and Munich

Zurich Ballet Junior Company

Un Ballo (Kylian), new Favre, new TBA


Zurich Ballet

Swan Lake

(reconstruction of the original Petipa version by Alexei Ratmansky)


Stanislavsky Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)


Bavarian State Ballet

Spartacus (Grigorovich)


Symphony in C (Balanchine), In the Night (Robbins), Adam Is (Barton)


Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)


La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)


Bavarian State Ballet Junior Company

Mixed Program

BOOKING JANUARY 2017


mid April
Toulouse and Bordeaux
Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
Don Quixote
Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
TBA




April 30 - May 10 (11 days)

Amsterdam and Paris

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company

Mixed program


Dutch National Ballet

All Balanchine: Theme and Variations, Tarantella, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Apollo


Paris Opera Ballet

In G (Robbins), La Valse (Balanchine), Bolero (Cherkaoui)

BOOKING AUGUST 2016




May 11 -19 (9 days)

London


An American in Paris (Wheeldon)


Royal Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Forsythe), Tarantella (Balanchine), Strapless (Wheeldon), new Scarlett


Northern Ballet

Casanova (Tindall)

plus possible other performances by other

companies TBA

BOOKING JANUARY 2017

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As always, this looks very juicy!

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