REBELS ON POINTE
General Admission: First come, First served seating
Bobbi Jo Heart, 2016, Canada, 90 min.
They say you have to master the rules of an instrument before you can break the rules for fun. So it is with the beautiful dancers of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. They have certainly mastered the technique and they know just how to break the rules with precision. The highly trained all-male ballet troupe has been around for over 40 years and is renowned all over the world. Without a doubt, this is professional ballet. And it is a little bit camp, a little bit farce and a whole lot of heart and soul. Pointe technique is the heart of the dance. And comedy is the soul of the performance. The gag is not that the ballerinas are men dressed in full costume, tutus included. These men are consummate professional dancers performing very challenging ballets. The comedy is in the not-so-subtle pokes at traditional ballet and the exquisitely unique humor of gay men. Filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart (She Got Game, I Am Not A Rock Star) takes us backstage to capture the beauty of ballet, the art of the dancers and the lives of the performers as they prepare for their new season and world tour. A special treat for TIGLFF is to see the 2016 Dance Award winner, Chase Johnsey from Polk County in the troupe with footage from his wedding in beautiful downtown Lakeland. (SH)
EVENT AT A GLANCE
Venue: AMC Sundial 20+IMAX
Duration: 90 mins
Director: Bobbi Jo Heart