The Trocks Return, With Parody and Large Toe Shoes

Classic Arts News   The Trocks Return, With Parody and Large Toe Shoes
 
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo opens a seven-performance run at New York's Joyce Theater tonight.

The company's performances run through January 2 and include, in two programs, classic works from the repertory such as Dying Swan, Les Sylphides, Act 2 from Swan Lake, and an excerpt from Petipa's Humpbacked Horse, along with modern works such as I wanted to dance with you at the Caf_ of Experience.

The company, affectionately known to fans as "the Trocks," is an all-male ensemble that performs en travesti‹in drag‹and en pointe. The dancers who make up the company‹performing under such punning French and Russian names as Doris Vidanya‹come from professional dance companies all over the world.

Les Ballets Trockadero's first performances were in 1974 in an off-off-off Broadway loft run by the West Side Discussion Group, and, despite the spoofing nature of the performance, New Yorker critic Arlene Croce wrote a thoughtful and appreciative critical response that eventually led to more mainstream success. The company has since toured c


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