All-Male Comic Ballet Troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Blends Humour with Athletic Artistry
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Royal Theatre, February 4, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dance Victoria presents the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, for one night only on February 4, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. Single tickets are on sale beginning today at dancevictoria.com or by calling the Box Office at 250-386-6121.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has become as classic as the ballets they perform. “The Trocks”, as they are affectionately known, was founded on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots and have a diverse cult following around the world. They aim for light-hearted fun, exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious ballet. And they do this with extraordinary ballet technique, tackling traditional ballets with brute force dancing ALL the parts – their bodies delicately balancing on toes – as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies. They amuse the most knowledgeable to novices in the audience and are unspeakably talented, with their lines and execution making you forget that they are not female.
Tory Dobrin, the Trocks’ Artistic Director explains, “We don’t want the audience to think we’re women. We’re doing it with a male attack to the ballet world.”
For their program in Victoria, the Company will perform their signature hit, Swan Lake, Act II, the story of Odette, the beautiful princess turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer who is nearly saved by the love of Prince Siegfried. The Trocks put their own spin on the tale. In Dying Swan, one of their most loved works, feathers cascade to the stage floor while the swan’s demise is exaggerated with grand gestures. Other works include Go for Barocco, a parody of Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco – a “primer in identifying stark coolness and choreosymphonic delineation on the new (neo) neo-new classic dance…a wristwatch for Balanchine’s clock time.”