Whether you love, hate, or feel indifferent toward classical ballet, youd be hard-pressed to find anything but joy in your heart for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Based out of New York, this all-male, comedy ballet company makes it a pointe to appeal to all ages and most tastes while playing both genders straight-up or in drag. How has it sustained this novelty for 36 years? By meticulously reconstructing 19th- and 20th-century classics while squeezing hairy chests into tutu corsets.
For instance, dancer and ballet master Paul Ghiselin (who performs as the socialist real ballerina Ida Nevasayneva) pores over archival footage of Russian primas when gathering ideas for his signature role, The Dying Swan. True ballerinas including Miami superstar Iliana Lopez help maintain the dancers technique during extensive international tours. (The company is big in Japan, where they have an annual summer engagement.) Its been more than six years since the Trocks flocked to Miami, well past time to revisit five works from their hilarious repertory at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday.
Tue., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2011