Ballet dancing for laughs
INTERNATIONAL act Les Ballets Eloelle is one of the few all-male comedy ballet companies in the world and it is heading to Gympie.
Direct from New York, and following the 2007 smash hit, Men in Tutus, the company is presenting its latest hilarious production, Men in Pink Tights.
Les Ballets Eloelle's artistic director Victor Trevino spoke to The Gympie Times while the dance troupe was in Sydney for five shows this week.
He said the audience should be prepared for a lot of laughter and to expect a high level of entertainment from the thrilling pirouettes of male dancers in drag to brilliant and innovative choreography, side-splitting humour and specially designed lavish costumes valued at $3 million.
"The classically trained male dancers, including myself, have been getting incredible reaction from the Aussie audience so far," Victor said of the Australian tour that premiered in Kalgoorlie on March 7. "There's been a lot of applause and laughter. We couldn't ask for more than people having a good time."
Men in Pink Tights is a "good clean fun", show designed for male and female, young and old. It is the ultimate send-up of both classical and contemporary ballet combined with brilliant dancing technique, tongue-in-cheek and blatant humour with intentional foibles, dancing mishaps and of course hissy fits by men playing both male and female roles.
Funnily enough, some of the men do actually look like gorgeous women, while others are hairy-chested men with pancake makeup - but all in tutus dancing on perfect pointe. The company boasts more than 50 classical ballets in its repertoire and 20 of the best international male ballet dancers from 13 countries.
These handsome and beautiful soloists have performed with renowned ballet companies all over the world and are considered some of the most talented and funniest male ballerinas on the planet.
Wednesday, June 13, at Heritage Theatre. Phone 5482 3226.