With just two days to go now until Men In Tutus is on stage, Johannesburg audiences will be delighted to know that former SABT dancer, Joel Morris, will be coming from the UK to perform in this weekend’s shows, which will be presented at the Teatro, Montecasino for four shows only from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April.
Born on the Isle of Wight, Joel trained at the Royal Ballet School and received scholarships at the Royal Danish Ballet and ABT. He then performed globally in many principal and soloist roles with a number of international ballet companies including, Ballet de Zaragosa (Spain), The Atlanta Ballet, London City Ballet, K Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre, Cape Town City Ballet and English National Ballet.
Most recently, Joel, played the principal character of Mr Mistoffelees at the Palladium in London’s West End, in the 2015 production of Cats, alongside Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Grizabella.
Direct from New York, Les Ballets Eloelle’s latest international production Men In Tutus is the most spectacular, talented and hilarious all-male comedy ballet ever!
The evening will consist of five works explains Artistic Director, Victor Trevino;
“We begin with the Pas de Quatre, which is an old romantic era ballet that was created to bring four great ballerinas together. It was a huge headache for the producer as the grand dames were not all that willing to acquiesce to the idea that the others were in the same league as themselves, full egos are on display!
Then we continue with a Pas de Deux, most likely Le Corsaire Pas de Duex. These pieces are showpieces that display the technical abilities of the dancers. Of course, in our version, the dancing and comedy will go hand in hand.
The third piece of the evening is called Go for Barocco and is a parody of George Balanchine’s choreography. Balanchine believed that ballet was about women and used simple costumes to focus on the beautiful bodies of dancers. We too, will offer some eye-catching bodies for our audiences to gaze upon and will lovingly recreate his style.
The first act ends with the most famous solo in dance, The Dying Swan. We have spent a lot of time recreating a faithful rendition of the famous fowl’s final flight. Bring your tissues, it’s a tear jerker!
The show’s 2nd Act will be the full second act of Swan Lake – our take on it. This ballet follows the courtship of a young prince and a lovely swan.”
Trevino continues; “This is a family-friendly show. If you have never been to the ballet come out and join us, you will have a great time. If you have seen ballet, don’t miss this! You will have a deep appreciation for what you see and will have a great laugh at the same time. Also, we will be doing selfies after the show! We want to meet our audiences.”
Classical ballet likes to take itself seriously, which may explain why you don’t get many comedies on the ballet stage. Yet those of us who love tutus and tiaras also like nothing better than to laugh with the hairy man-ballerinas!
Men In Tutus has completed its run in Johannesburg but will be available in Cape Town at the Artscape Theatre.