If your S.O. would love to spend Valentine's weekend at the ballet, but to you that sounds like a total bore, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo may be a happy compromise.
This all-male, drag version of classic ballet has been charming audiences around the world for almost 40 years, and this Sunday, they're taking the Knight Concert Hall stage in size 12 pointe shoes.
It's hard to describe the sight without visuals, so to give you some perspective, here are the Trocks in action:
The men in the show are all highly trained dancers, and execute moves most regular humans couldn't dream of doing.
The show itself is witty, lighthearted, and heavy on the laughter. "You will see some really well known classical ballets done in drag for comedic purposes," says artistic director Tory Dobrin. Tutus and pointe shoes included.
The show will incorporate five ballets in total: one for the opening act, three for the middle act and one for the closing act.
"It's a dance company and dance companies have different ballets, so different ballets are organized together to create one program," Dobrin explains. "There are five ballets on the program and we have 50 in our repertory, so we can mix and match."
Audiences get a major kick out of the action, as evidenced by the ballet's popularity. After Miami, they're off to the West Coast, then Italy, Spain and Japan.
"We average between 100 and 125 performances a year," says Dobrin. "We've been doing that for almost 40 years. The audience response is really great, otherwise we probably we would not have lasted this long."
If you're not impressed by their abilities, you've been living in this cynical city way too long.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, at the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Tickets range in price from $25 to $100. Visit arshtcenter.org or call 786-468-2000.
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