“Male ballerina” is usually a term used by a rookie arts writer. However, Les Ballets Eloelle (say it aloud and you’ll get the joke), led by, Artistic Director and lead dancer Victor Trevino, features a troupe of such dancers: men dancing roles traditionally reserved for women.
“Men In Tutus” is a clever, affectionate parody of the ballet canon, both classical and contemporary via the dancers’ hilarious female personae. Never undermines either the challenges of performing the complex choreography or the exceptional results, which make the show so thrilling to watch.
“Men do not traditionally train in pointe shoes. We tend to be heavier, with our weight distributed differently to female dancers. Women generally begin training in dancing on pointe when they are young; about 11 years old, while men are not encouraged to do so, as there’s very little opportunity to use that skill in classical dance” Trevino explains.
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 proficiency 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.”