All-male ballet comes to Vancouver!

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While the PuSh is a big draw for culture vultures this weekend (and until Feb. 7) in Vancouver, there are still performances that lie outside the international performing arts festival. One of these outliers is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a New York-based all-male ballet troupe.

LBT will appear tomorrow night, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in their first Vancouver appearance since 1985. The company’s repertoire encompasses a full range of dance pieces, from classical ballets such as Swan Lake to more contemporary works.

Naturally, there is some humour in seeing full-grown men in drag and en pointe, and performing roles – including swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses,
and angst-ridden Victorian ladies – that traditionally are inhabited by skinny ballet waifs. But the troupe brings athletic and artistic skill to their work as well.

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Founded by a group of ballet dancers in 1974, Les Ballets Trockadero has been recognized and lauded by audiences and esteemed critics in publications such as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Village Voice. The troupe has performed in more than 30 countries and 500 cities worldwide.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Date: Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $29 to $129 (including tax & service fees) at ticketstonight.ca or 1-877-840-0457
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St.)

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