Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Irreverent, all-male ballet troupe coming to Carpenter Center
2010-01-13 · By Editor
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, returns to the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center for two performances only – Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. This remarkable dance company (affectionately known as The Trocks) has delighted audiences across the nation with their skillful parody of classical ballet for over three decades, and will be in Long Beach for two performances only.
The Trocks will begin their program with Swan Lake, Act II: Le Lac des Cygnes. Swept up into the magical realm of swans (and birds), this elegiac phantasmagoria of variations and ensembles in line and music is the signature work of the Trocks.
Next they will dance Patterns in Space, a post modern dance movement essay choreographed after Merce Cunningham. They will then dance La Vivandiere Pas de Six, an excerpt from Arthur Saint Leon’s La Vivandiere. This ballet became famous as it introduced the “Redowa,” the original Polka of Bohemia, to 19th century London. The last piece of the evening will be Paquita, where the dancers display a range of choreographic fireworks, which exploit the virtuoso possibilities of academic classical dance, enriched by the unexpected combinations of steps.
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts to present a playful, entertaining view of traditional ballet, The Trocks first performed in late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. They quickly garnered glowing reviews by The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Village Voice, establishing them as an artistic and popular success. Within a year the all-male ballet troupe was known across the country, and by their second season they were performing in dance festivals in Turkey, Holland, Madrid, Montreal, New York, Paris, Spoleto, Turin, and Vienna. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has appeared in more than 500 cities worldwide and in all 50 states.
The Trocks have been featured in a number of television shows including and have had their own solo specials on national networks in Japan and Germany, as well as a French television special with Julia Migenes. A documentary was filmed and aired internationally by the acclaimed British arts program, The South Bank Show, and the company was featured in the Emmy-winning PBS program, The Egg.
The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed since its inception. It is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts – with heavy bodies delicately balancing en pointe as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies – enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing both the most knowledgeable and the novice dance enthusiasts in their audiences.
Single tickets for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are $45 and $40 for seniors and students. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or by visiting www.CarpenterArts.org.