• 2nd June, 2013 at KL Live
• 4th - 9th June 2013 at PJ Live Arts
• 11th – 16th June, 2013 at Penang PAC
• 18th - 23rd June, 2013 at PJ Live Arts Performed by Les Ballets Eloelle Presented by Gardner & WIfe Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
“Brilliant dancers, beautiful choreography, stunning costumes” New York Observer “Warped and wicked sense of humour” New Straits Times
“Toe-taly funny, most hilarious” The Star
Arriving here from a six-month tour of Australia and New Zealand, Men In Tutus is an all-male comedy ballet troupe, one of only about three in the world.
Funny? But make no mistake about it – these dancers can dance! They've performed with some of the world's most famous ballet companies including Russia's Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the prestigious Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Berlin State Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, English National Ballet, Houston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.
So what is Men In Tutus? It's a brilliant display of adroit classical technique, with tongue-in-cheekhumour, intentional foibles, and dancing mishaps! Choreographed by Victor Travino, former Principal Dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero, and Artistic Director of Les Ballets Grandiva, the show ranges from Le Grand Pas de Quatre, originally choreographed by Pugni, to Fokine's Dying Swan, to the show's tour de force finale, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake – with a few other stops along the way!
All in all, a great introduction to classical ballet by both informing and entertaining.
VICTOR TRAVINO - Artistic Director
Victor Trevino is the artistic director & founder of the ballet company, Les Ballets Eloelle.
He was former director and founder of Les Ballets Grandiva and featured dancer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Eloelle features over 15 active ballets in the repertoire.
Music - Philip Carroll
Musical Direction - Philip Carroll, Tim Darling, Baris Ehran
Choreographers Peter Anastos,
Costume Designers Jose Coronado, Tom Augustine,
Thom J. Peterson,
Katherine Shak, Marcus Galante
... love Grandiva's Men In Tutus even if you are not a ballet buff - New York Post
If you are a ballet aficionado with an open mind, you will be enthralled - L.A. Times
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! - New York Daily Times
Grandiva's Men In Tutus is sheer brilliant entertainment - Japan Times
This group is absolutely the best and most enjoyable I have seen - San Francisco Chronicle
Some of the best male ballet dancers in the world, en pointe, sheer brilliance - Bolshoi Ballet's Vladamir Moiseev
Resplendent in frilly white outfits and pointe shoes, the ballerinas of Grandiva execute the most demanding moves of their art with technical precision and amazing grace - Asaha.com Japan
With absolutely brilliant choreography, they make it possible ... to instinctively understand that they are hilariously mocking the poses and tableaus of the classic art form - Dance
Choreographer Trevino duplicates every impossible Bolshoi - inspired, upside down, hang by a toenail, wrap around the neck lift - Backstage.com
Grandiva's highly sophisticated mix of pure side splitting comedy, combined with a deep and
esoteric reference to both classical and modern ballet is stunning - London's Daily Mirror
... not a drag show, but a brilliant artistic & comical send up of the world of dance - USA Today
Just as Matthew Bourne did with "Swan Lake", attracting audiences with a bunch of masculine swans, Grandiva draws laughter with elaborate, exaggerated movements and a twist of the classical ballet formula - The Korea Times
Grandiva demonstrates essential dance qualities, a profound sense of rhythm, gorgeously shaped phrasing, palpable joy in motion and lion hearted courage in performance - all too rarely seen these days in the highest temples of art - Village Voice New York
Gardner & Wife's first ever ballet LES BALLET GRANDIVA: MEN IN TUTUS proved again that genuine artistry mixed with comedy is irresistible! Generating standing ovations and encores the dancers performed five ballets in two acts, including the company's signature piece, the parody of Fokine's The Dying Swan. They return this January.
In January 2010, Gardner & Wife took LES BALLET GRANDIVA: MEN IN TUTUS on a three week, three-country tour - to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Hall in Taipei, KLPAC in Malaysia and The Esplanade Theatre in Singapore. Where, this time under the guidance of their new Artistic Director, Brian Norris, they yet again performed to full houses and enthusiastic audiences.
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