Tuesday 12 April 2011: From the Wings
After Monday's filming, it was a day of rehearsals. First, and pictured here, was a visit to the Festival Theatre to see the Trocks. open rehearsal. While most people were watching from the stalls, I got access to the backstage area and was able to shoot from the wings.
Some more information about the Trocks from wikipedia...
"Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male drag ballet corps which parodies the conventions and clichés of romantic and classical ballet. It was co-founded by Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor and Antony Bassae in the United States in 1974, as a group producing small, late-night shows, in off-off Broadway lofts. Their first show as on September 9, 1974, at a second story loft on 14th street, in the heart of the meat-packing district.
After receiving a favorable critical review in The New Yorker by Arlene Croce, it was discovered by a wider audience. The "Trocks" toured the world, with prolonged engagements in many major cities. In 2008 they performed at the Royal Variety Performance, in front of Prince Charles.
The dancers portray both male and female roles in a humorous style that combines parodies of ballet, posing and physical comedy with "straighter" pieces intended to show off the performers' technical skills. Much of the humor is in seeing male dancers en travesti; performing roles usually reserved to females, wearing tutus and dancing en pointe."
And after that I went along the the dress rehearsal for the Arkle production of "An Experiment With An Airpump" that L is directing, and opens on Wednesday evening.