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  1. I think this is the Royal Winnipeg Ballet production; I thought it was pretty dreadful ("If those cancan girls shimmy their ruffles one more time I'll......aaargh"
  2. Here are Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays' 2019-20 trips. For more info please message me or email me at toursenlair@gmail.com You can also visit my website at https://toursenlair.blogspot.com/ 2019 New York Friday October 4 - Sunday October 6, 2019 (Canadian Thanksgiving is October 14) 3 days, 2 nights, 4 performances New York City Ballet: All Balanchine: Valse Fantaisie, Kammermusik No. 2, Union Jack Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Everywhere We Go (Peck) Serenade, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (both Balanchine), Summerspace (Cunningham) Opus 19/The Dreamer (Robbins), New Lovette, New Liang, Symphony in C (Balanchine) This will probably be the only Tours en l'air New York trip of the 2019-20 season. 2020 Berlin and Dresden March 14 - 22, 2020 9 days, 8 nights 4 performances Berlin State Ballet: La Bayadere (Petipa, reconstructed by Ratmansky) The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa, staged by Marcia Haydée) Dresden Semperoper Ballet: The Four Temperaments (Balanchine), Black Milk (Naharin), new Fernandez, Errand into the Maze (Graham) Ballet Chemnitz: Swan Lake (Peci) Paris and Amsterdam March 29 - April 9, 2020 11 days, 10 nights 4 performances "I love Paris in the springtime..." (Who doesn't?) Paris Opera Ballet School: Coppelia Paris Opera Ballet: all Balanchine: Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Serenade Dutch National Ballet: Four Seasons (Dawson), Yugen (McGregor), new Arques Nederlands Dans Theater 2: mixed program Milan and Rome Wednesday April 29 - Thursday May 7, 2020 Ballet of La Scala: Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) Rome Opera Ballet: Suite en Blanc (Lifar), Serenade (Balanchine), Bolero (Pastor) Note that I do not usually offer European trips with only two performances, but I am constrained by the company's schedules. Up to you to decide whether you are interested in a ballet trip with not very much ballet! Munich Munich Ballet Week May 23 - June 1, 2020 10 days, 9 nights, 8 performances Bavarian State Ballet: Coppelia (Roland Petit) Pictures at an Exhibition (Ratmansky), New Dawson, TBA Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon) Jewels (Balanchine) Swan Lake (Barra) Spartacus (Grigorovich) The Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier) Bayerisches Junior Ballett München and Ballet School: mixed program Vienna (day trips to Brno, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia) June 4 - 12, 2020 9 days, 8 nights 5 performances Vienna State Ballet: Coppelia Sylvia (Legris) Contemporary Mixed Program Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno: Radio and Juliet (Clug) Ballet of the National Theatre of Slovakia: Giselle London June 12 - 21, 2020 10 days, 9 nights Royal Ballet: Preludes (Ratmansky), Tombeaux (Bintley), Symphonic Dances (Scarlett) Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Theme and Variations (Balanchine), Chacona (Montero), new Cardim Royal Opera House Young Talent Festival: programs by European Junior Companies TBA Other possible performances by English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and other companies TBA
  3. Felix Paquet of the National Ballet of Canada will be joining Hamburg Ballet as a soloist.
  4. This piece was created on Kramer and Tewsley and they had a lot of input on the choreography.
  5. Watch company class from Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris on World Dance Day, April 29, on their facebook page, starting at 12.25 pm in Europe, 11.25 in the UK, 6.25 am Eastern Time
  6. and it's absolutely fantastic so don't miss it! Start at 5:00 for full-on dancing. You should be able to see this even if you don't have a facebook account
  7. New York City Ballet is live-streaming a rehearsal of Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes with Sara Mearns, Russell Janzen, Daniel Ulbricht, Gonzalo Garcia, Anthony Huxley, and other dancers Thursday April 18 at noon New York time, which I think is 5 pm British time.
  8. I recommend taking the bus instead as you get to see NY above ground and it's cheaper than the subway. But the subway is better if you have a long distance to travel.
  9. you also might want to check out this exhibition http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/ballets-russes?fbclid=IwAR3Uqhcpehn30YlG9fSN4bcD5JLdx4lA9A5iOEZSBdXJIVjdhLo0VICMiAE Hymn to Apollo The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes March 6 – June 2, 2019 What can we know about ancient dance? Why did European avant-garde artists look to antiquity at the beginning of the twentieth century? With an array of ancient representations of dance, Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballet Russes explores both the role of dance in ancient culture and the influence of antiquity on the modernist reinventions of the Ballets Russes, the ground-breaking dance company founded in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev. With about 100 works, including outstanding examples of ancient pottery, sculpture, and metalwork, as well as watercolors, sketchbooks, photographs, costumes, and other archival material from the Ballets Russes, this exhibition—the first on the topic—reveals a rich, multifaceted dialogue between the ancient and the modern. More than a simple story of the reception of antiquity by artists in the twentieth century, Hymn to Apollo shows how artists returned to antiquity not as benighted traditionalists but as radical revolutionaries, intent on creating something new.
  10. re tipping: I know this will come as a shock to the British, but 20% of the bill now seems to be standard for tipping in restaurants. I don't know if this has changed since NY"s minimum wage went up to $15 an hour a few months ago. In Canada 15% is standard.
  11. Le Pain Quotidien 60 W 65th St is also good and very reasonable for light meals (salad, quiche, sandwiches etc.) https://www.lepainquotidien.com/us/en/locations/lincoln_plaza/60-w-65th-st?utm_source=google&utm_medium=business-listing&utm_campaign=
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