Satirical ballet Men in Pink Tights will be staged on May 31 at the Lismore City Hall.
Satirical ballet Men in Pink Tights will be staged on May 31 at the Lismore City Hall. Contributed

Men in pink to take the stage

GET ready ballet fans; Lismore is soon to be graced by an all-male troupe of comic ballet dancers donning pink tights and channelling their inner prima donna.

Described by the New York Post as "artistically brilliant and absolutely hilarious", Men in Pink Tights is the product of New York-based company Ballet Eloelle, and they are no amateurs.

Creative director and former lead dancer Victor Trevino has been responsible for creating some smashingly popular ballet satires of famous plays and stories including Romeo and Juliet and Spartacus.

Despite being new to the international ballet scene, his Ballet Eloelle shows have garnered global praise, from France to New York to Japan, and feature some of the best professional male ballet dancers from around the globe as well as comic ballet veterans.

In fact Mr Trevino's bunch of ladylike ballerinas, described as "fine-looking and gorgeous soloists", has danced with celebrated ballet companies including the New York Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet.

The name Eloelle reveals the comic ambiguity of the company: "el-o-elle" basically means "him or her" in a combination of Spanish and French.

Their most recent tour to Australia (and New Zealand) in 2007 was the hugely successful "Men in Tutus", and judging by the virtually identical title of the shows it appears to be a winning formula.

According to their website, the mission is to "expand dance to more communities while constantly searching for new ways to make people laugh through new dance works."

So if you've shied away from ballet in the past but love a good laugh, this could be the show for you.

Victor Trevino has been responsible for creating some smashingly popular ballet satires of famous plays and stories including Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, and The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood



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