New York Spring Ballet Spectacular
America’s cultural capital comes alive as the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre perform their spring programmes simultaneously at New York’s Lincoln Center.
From the New York City Ballet, enjoy a range of performances tentatively including tributes to award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine’s ever-popular version of Délibes’ comic ballet Coppélia. The American Ballet Theatre is due to announce its programme in October 2017.
All the while, delight in the joyous energy of New York in the spring – a city of art, shopping, fine food and stunning architecture. An unforgettable experience!
In the morning, depart Australia or New Zealand on suggested Qantas flights or Air New Zealand to New York. Arrive in New York in the late afternoon and check-in to the hotel.
Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
After breakfast, join Frédérique and fellow ballet lovers for a welcome briefing and a talk on the coming days’ performances, followed by a special welcome lunch.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore New York City on your own, perhaps visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In the evening, attend the first of the tour’s ballet performances of either the New York City Ballet or the American Ballet Theatre.
In the morning, enjoy a guided early-access visit of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), often identified as the most influential (and certainly one of the largest) museums of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of contemporary architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artists’ books, film and electronic media.
The afternoon is at leisure before this evening’s ballet performance.
Following a talk this morning by Frédérique, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the plethora of cultural and other attractions on offer in the Big Apple.
Attend a performance of the ballet in the evening.
Continue your exploration of New York with a half-day tour of Brooklyn, New York City’s most populated borough with 2.5 million residents. Brooklyn was an independent city until its consolidation with New York City in 1898, but continues to maintain a distinct culture, independent art scene, and unique architectural heritage. Visit the Brooklyn Museum, the second-largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the USA. It is one of the premier art institutions in the world, with its permanent collection including more than 1.5 million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before attending another ballet performance in the evening.
This morning, travel to the Lincoln Center and explore the Metropolitan Opera House with a backstage tour. Go behind the scenes for a fascinating look into one of the world’s premiere performing arts organisations, including a visit to the scenery and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and stage area.
Following lunch in Central Park, continue your exploration of Manhattan north of the park. Drive through the Upper West Side, stopping to visit the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Continue to Harlem, long associated with the African-American community and one of the engines of New York’s vibrant culture, which is now experiencing an economic and social revival. Return to your hotel.
This evening is at leisure.
Spend a full day at leisure to enjoy the city at your own pace.
In the evening, attend a performance of the New York City Ballet or the American Ballet Theatre.
Travel through Chelsea, the heart of New York’s avant-garde art world. Begin with a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum houses a superb collection of 20th and 21st century American works. The new museum building, designed by Renzo Piano and dedicated on May 1, 2015, by Michelle Obama, harmonises with the industrial character of the neighbouring loft buildings.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the Meatpacking District and walk on the High Line.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
After a talk by Frédérique on this evening’s performance, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to browse shops or visit galleries.
This evening, attend a ballet performance.
This morning visit the magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located on Fifth Avenue. The Guggenheim is home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art in one of the greatest modern architectural icons of the 20th century.
The afternoon is at leisure before this evening’s performance.
Enjoy a morning at leisure before attending our last ballet performance in New York.
Celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell lunch or dinner (program pending).
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
For those returning home today, suggested flights from New York on Qantas or Air New Zealand. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
*Single travellers may request to share.
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16 March 2018
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Qantas / Air New Zealand
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
In order to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme, all Australian and New Zealand passport holders require an ESTA pre-authorisation application (completed online in advance of travel).
Tour price includes
- Category 1 tickets to for up to eight ballet performances
- Accommodation in centrally located superior hotels with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Transportation by private air-conditioned coaches
- Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides including entrance fees as per itinerary
- Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, Frédérique Barbier
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- ESTA Pre-Authorisation application to visit the USA
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service etc
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contract Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Your hotel: The Hotel Beacon **** or The Lucerne Hotel ****
NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted
New York City Ballet
Choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein shaped the history of 20th century dance when they formed in 1948 the Ballet Society. Only 3 years after the conclusion of World War II, they presented their new company at New York’s City Center for Music and Drama, before transforming the ensemble into a New York City Ballet. Balanchine created works that were the basis of the company’s repertory until his death in 1983. His vision influenced dance across the United States and Europe. For decades, he worked closely with choreographer Jerome Robbins, who was considered one of the founding choreographers of the company. The New York City Ballet went on to become the premier ballet company in the United States and still has the largest repertoire of any American ballet company.
During our tour, attend performances of the New York City Ballet such as Balanchine’s Coppélia. The other performances will be announced in October 2017.
American Ballet Theatre
When the American Ballet Theatre was launched in the Autumn of 1939 by Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith, the aim was to create ‘a large-scale company with an eclectic repertory’, developing a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and encouraging the creation of new works by gifted young choreographers. Under the direction of Chase and Smith from 1945 to 1980, the American Ballet Theatre performed new works and classics, such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and La Bayadère. Nowadays, it is recognised as one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies.
While the 2018 American Ballet Theatre spring program will be announced in October 2017, we plan to attend up to four performances. More details of the 2018 schedule will be announced in October 2017.