Spoof makes a pointe
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