Spoof makes a pointe

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY SHOWS -

DANCER Vic­tor Trevino is no stranger to wear­ing make-up, dress­ing as a woman and danc­ing on pointed toes.

The dancer has played most of the great fe­male leads such as Odette, Odile, Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy, Juliet and Car­men to name a few and will star – as a woman – in Les Bal­lets Elolle’s hi­lar­i­ous spoof Men in Pink Tights when it comes to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day.

The $3 mil­lion show sends up of both clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary bal­let with a com­bi­na­tion of bril­liant danc­ing and tongue-in-cheek hissy fits per­formed by male dancers, per­form­ing in both the male and fe­male roles.

‘‘The idea is to show the au­di­ence they can en­joy dance and have a laugh. We try to break down bar­ri­ers and make dance a bit more ac­ces­si­ble, show peo­ple it’s not an elit­ist art form.

‘‘It brings new peo­ple into theatre – peo­ple who might not nor­mally go to a clas­si­cal bal­let. And peo­ple who know about dance ap­pre­ci­ate the show on a dif­fer­ent level.’’

Trevino is also the artis­tic di­rec­tor on the pro­duc­tion and says his cast of 13 in­ter­na­tional dancers are used to train­ing and prepa­ra­tion.

‘‘It takes the guys about an hour to change sex, putting their make-up on and get­ting dressed up in their cos­tumes,’’ he says.

‘‘All the tu­tus have been spe­cially made by de­sign­ers as we wanted to make sure it looked good.

‘‘Men don’t usu­ally dance on their toes, so that takes about six to seven months to mas­ter the ba­sics of it.

‘‘It was re­ally hard to find large pointe shoes to fit men.’’

The show, which has trav­elled from Kal­go­olie, in West Australia, to Queens­land and ev­ery­where in be­tween, fea­tures duets from both clas­si­cal and neo- clas­si­cal ori­gins while ad­her­ing to the spirit of the orig­i­nals in­clud­ing Spar­ta­cus, Grande Taran­telle, Romeo and Juliet, La Cor­saire, Har­lequinade and Trevino’s sig­na­ture per­for­mance piece, The Dy­ing Swan.

‘‘It’s an au­di­ence favourite and I love per­form­ing it. It’s a spe­cial ren­di­tion of the mu­sic, es­pe­cially recorded for me. I love ev­ery­thing about it.’’

plays QPAC, Bris­bane, to­mor­row at 8pm and The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast (sold out) on Satur­day at 8pm. Ge­orge Cal­la­han (left) and Vic­tor Trevino star in

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