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 Post subject: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 2003-2005
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 8:41 am 
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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:

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Trocks dance from edge to spotlight

Few dance companies manage to stay together long enough to celebrate a 30th anniversary. That isn't the only accomplishment of New York-based Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, though. Once considered an eccentric fringe element of the 1970s dance boom, through the years the ensemble has earned its rightful place as a major player in the glamorous world of classical ballet.
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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:

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Trockadero Ballet blends art, camp

Why in the world would anyone want to see a bunch of grown men in tutus and toe shoes tackle some of the most cherished works in the ballet repertoire? The “Dying Swan” with hairy armpits? I mean, really.

Well, leave your skepticism at the door. The 30-year-old Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo presents a crafty, very entertaining blend of high art and serious camp, pairing physical virtuosity with slapstick comedy and wrapping the whole thing in ornate costumes, outrageous wigs, and lots of attitude.

The company’s overly mannered approach to the classics is not only a riotous send-up en travestie, but a surprisingly respectful reinvigoration of a stylized tradition all but lost in the modern ballet world.
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Trocks rock house with irreverent ballet parodies

Olga Supphosova’s interpretation of Odette in “Swan Lake” might not be the most exacting in dance history, but it’s certainly the one you’re least likely to forget. Last night at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, in between her impeccable turns and graceful arabesques, there was an aggressive energy rarely seen in classical ballet. And when one corps member tried to briefly upstage the fiery prima ballerina, Supphosova didn’t hesitate to give her a swift kick right in the tutu.
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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:

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Straight and not so straight
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; 'Dance Straight Up'


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returned to Boston last weekend for another hilarious bout with dance history. The company, now 30 years old, has brought travesti dancing to new levels of technical excellence and sartorial bad taste. Sponsored by FleetBoston Celebrity Series, the three performances at the Cutler Majestic featured the classical branch of the Trockadero’s extensive repertory, with numbers ranging from the Romantic period (Grand Pas de Quatre) through Imperial Russia (act two of Swan Lake and a pastiche ripped from Raymonda) to the early 20th century (The Dying Swan) and a contemporary throwback (Tarantella).
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 Post subject: Re: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 2003-2005
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:24 am 
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More than one of the recent US reviews just uses the stage names of the Trocks. The Company does present some problems for critics as there are at least two false names, one male and one female, associated with each dancer and you have to dig around a little for the real names of the performers. However, where they have danced well or very humourously, I can't help thinking that they deserve to have their real names proclaimed - they are all there in the programme.

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 Post subject: Re: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 2003-2005
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:16 pm 
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I agree, Stuart, and I think some reviewers give the diva name of the performer followed by the real name in parentheses. I was happy to note that the Trocks had updated their website since I'd last looked and that each performer in the troupe had their real name, their diva name and their danseur (divo? Devo?) name listed as well. The bios alone make for some amusing reading:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:00 pm 
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Thanks for the link Mary Ellen - it makes good reading.

I also enjoyed looking through the rep and chuckling at happy memories:

http://www.trockadero.org/repertory.html

I would love to see their Pina Bausch spoof. I have seen their Merce Cunningham piece, but unlike most of their work, it actually is a Merce dance, which they have permission to perform - hats off to Merce for enjoying a joke at his own expense.


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Review: All-male ballet troupe has crowd in stitches
By NANCY STETSON, nrstetson@naplesnews.com
February 12, 2004

The ballerinas dancing at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Tuesday night had everything you'd expect: tutus, tiaras, garland headpieces, fake eyelashes, lipstick and eye shadow.

But these ballerinas had something a little extra under their tutus: hairy armpits and, instead of cleavage, dark, curly chest hair.

It was Les Ballets Trocadero De Monte Carlo, an all-male ballet troupe, who sport faux Russian names such as Vera Namethatunenova, Marcia Gertrudes Clubfoot, Nicholas Khachafallenjar and Ida Nevasayneva.

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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But that is not to say that it’s all just about parody and camp. The company has turned cross-dressing ballerinas into an art form, where dancers wow not only with their antics but also their technique.
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The Biggest Toe Shoes in Town

by GIA KOURLAS
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GIA KOURLAS: You hadn't danced on point before joining the company. Who taught you?

PAUL GHISELIN: The girls at Ohio Ballet gave me a crash course.
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In the New York Times, Jennifer Dunning reviews the ompany's opening at the Joyce Theatre on Tuesday, December 21, 2004:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/23/arts/dance/23troc.html?oref=login&oref=login


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by HILARY OSTLERE
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That the technical standards are impressive is amply demonstrated in a firecracker pas de deux based on Balanchine's Tarantella, a nonstop display of tricky choreography danced very fast that also involves the artful use of tambourines.
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In The Seattle Times, Moira Macdonald previews the performances scheduled for Meany Hall at the University of Washington, January 20-22, 2005:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theaterarts/2002150192_trocks14.html


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By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, those clown princes of ballet, made a triumphant return to Meany Hall Thursday night — complete with molting feathers, jangling tambourines, sweat-drenched tutus and, from the audience, shrieks of helpless laughter. <a href=http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/2002157473_trocks22.html target=_blank>more</a>


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The laughs keep coming for Les Ballets Trockadero

By R.M. CAMPBELL
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, which is making one of its periodic visits to Seattle, is a kind of Johnny-One-Note dance company. <a href=http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/208879_trockadero22q.html?source=rss target=_blank>more</a>


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Not Your Grandmother's Ballet Troupe

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is no ordinary classical dancing troupe. <a href=http://here-now.org/shows/2005/02/20050201_17.asp target=_blank>more</a>


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