The Men In Tutus of Les Ballets Eloelle are all set to give Malaysians a ballet treat that is The Nutcracker, albeit with a twist.
On stage at Penang PAC @ Straits Quay from November 26 to 29 and December 2 to 13 at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, the company led by Victor Trevino will dance en pointe, complete with full costume and sense of humour in The Nutcracker, a Christmas time classic.
Featuring music by the world renowned Tchaikovsky, a little choreography from Petipa, Balanchine and more from Victor himself, the two-act ballet sees the experiences of young Clara, after her wooden nutcracker soldier comes to life. On the journey to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets, they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy who makes everyone dance in her honour.
“There are so many versions of The Nutcracker. The choreography for this performance is based on different ideas, said Victor, the artistic director of Les Ballets Eloelle.
In Victor’s humourous edition of the holiday classic, the production is also performed in two acts, with Act 1 featuring a few short pieces from different ballets and Act 2 showasing The Nutrcracker Suite, an adaptation of the original production.
“We want to give the audience a chance to be Clara, have the dream fulfilled, enjoy the music, forget their problems and have a fun time,” revealed Victor, who was founder of Les Ballets Grandiva, and created comedy ballets that toured the world for 13 years.
Armed with the mission to expose people to traditional ballet, the twelve member company hailing from different countries including US, UK, Japan, The Philippines, Columbia, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Chile and Venezuela are proving that ballet is a truly an international act that transcends nationality and culture.
At the press preview at Jaya One, Victor together with Joel Crawford, Jonathan Mendez and Walter Nicolas Battistini gave members of the media snippet of their performance, which consisted of dances from three different countries as well as The Dying Swan, made famous performance the ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Donning colourful costumes, make up and with body language to match, these professional ballet dancers transformed themselves into their stage alter egos Nina Mimimaximona, Darcey Mussell, Palomina Carrera and Marianela Marmorales respecitively. While no doubt their performance pieces were amusing, there is a lot more than what meets the eye. The Men In Tutus (and more) have gone through thier own share of blisters, bruises and bleeding feet, just as ballerinas around the world do.
“We understand what ballerinas go through, with en pointe pain, the difficulty when dancing in tutus and costumes,” revealed Victor, who recruited the classically trained dancers based on their dancing skills, sense of humour and comedic timing.
Catch the witty performance that combines comedy and ballet, dancing mishaps and “diva ballerinas” in The Nutracker. Ticket prices for a single ticket are at RM127.20 (Economy), RM159(Premium), RM190.80 (VIP), Family (4 pax): RM530 Premium and Group (6 pax): RM1,060 VIP (including 6% GST).
Showtimes: Penang -November 26 to 29 2015 (Thu & Fri @ 8.30pm; Sat @ 3pm & 8.30pm; Sun @ 2pm & 7pm) and PJ 2 – 13 December 2 to 13, 2015 (Tue – Fri @ 8.30pm; Sat @ 3pm & 8.30pm; Sun @ 2pm & 7pm). For tickets contact Box Office Penang: (04) 899 1722 and PJ: (03) 7960 0439 or visit http://www.ticketpro.com.my