Technical brilliance, tongue-in-cheek humour and a passion for classical and contemporary ballet, Men In Tutus will soon be seen on stage at The Teatro at Montecasino to delight audiences for four shows from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14.
Male ballerina is usually a term used in error made by a rookie arts writer. However, Les Ballets Eloelle (say it aloud and you’ll get the joke), led by founder, artistic director and lead dancer Victor Trevino, features – as one of the few all-male comedy ballet companies in the world – a troupe of such dancers: men dancing roles traditionally reserved for women.
The comedy aspect is a clever parody of the ballet canon, both classical and contemporary, via the dancers’ hilarious female personae.
It never undermines the challenges of performing the complex choreography or the results, which make the show thrilling to watch.
As Trevino explains: “Men do not traditionally train in pointe shoes. Women begin training in dancing on pointe when they are young, while men are not encouraged to do so, as there’s very little opportunity to use that skill in classical dance.”
- Dates: Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14.
- Time: Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 2pm.
- Ticket prices: From R200 to R400.
- Venue: Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways.