Rebels on Pointe | Chicago Reader

Rebels on Pointe

The all-male drag company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—better known as "the Trocks"—has been drawing audiences since its off-off Broadway beginnings in 1974. As this behind-the-scenes Canadian documentary shows, the rigorously trained dancers, squeezed into tight costumes and toe shoes, use their masculinity to interpret femininity through classical and romantic ballets, adding comic improvisations and some pratfalls. Athletic injuries and a grueling touring schedule of 200 days a year take a toll on some members, but the company offers such a supportive family environment that three marriages between dancers have resulted. Bobbi Jo Hart directed.

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