Seriously, life is stressful at the moment with load shedding, power outages and bad traffic jams, so we really need a lighter side to life- and I'm suggesting you head off to the theatre next month to enjoy Les Ballets Eloelle (say that out loud for your first laugh). Hot from new York, these boys are led by founder, Artistic Director and lead dancer Victor Trevino, and make up one of the few all-male comedy ballet companies in the world.
Don't be fooled by the fact that they are in drag- these are high;y accomplished dancers, professional to the core and proficient in pointe shoes!
Trevino, who began his comedic career with Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo, where he performed almost all the female leads in the repertoire as a principal dancer, adds that it is not only the individual skill of the dancers that is impressive.
“Learning to work as partners is another challenge,” he notes. “Dancers in any traditional ballet company will appreciate the difficulties here, but when men partner men, there are several adjustments to make. Again, we must take into account our weight and physicality, but we also need to learn how to be supported or lifted as we move.”
“Men In Tutus” features dancers from the US, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, the Philippines, Australian, Colombia, the Isle of Wight and Japan, underlining the global appeal of ballet, dance and comedy. This ties in wonderfully with the objectives of Ballet Eloelle, which include: cultivating new audiences for dance through comedy; performing for audiences who may not have access to ballet; and to preserve the integrity and standards of excellence in the ballets they perform so as to educate audiences about the art form.
Praise for Les Ballets Eloelle’s “Men In Pink Tights”
"Artistically brilliant, absolutely hilarious...freshly funny, sweet-tempered and inventive."
- New York Times
"Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant."
- New York Daily Times
"It is not a drag show, but a brilliant artistic and comical send up of the world of dance."
- USA Today
"The height of technical precision and dramatic excellence."
Follow Les Ballets Eloelle on Social Media:
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MenInPinkTights/
Instagram : balleteloelle
Twitter : @balletEloelle
Dates: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April 2019
Time: Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 2pm
Ticket prices: From R200
Venue: Teatro, Montecasino, Fourways
Dates: Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st April 2019
Time: Thursday 8pm; Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 2pm
Ticket prices: From R190
Venue: Opera House, Artscape
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