Ballet That Bends the Rules: The Trocks are Coming to DWT

Donning tutus, pointe shoes and false eyelashes, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or “The Trocks” as adoring fans call them, perform their classical ballet repertoire with athletic artistry, grace, and technical expertise at Diana Wortham Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

As a company of professional male dancers who perform the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, The Trocks achieve comedy by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance.  The fact that men dance all the parts—heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies—enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in its audiences.
The ballet begins with the company’s signature work, Le Lac Des Cygnes (Swan Lake, Act II – Tchaikovsky), then a work to be announced the evening of the show, followed by Go For Barocco(J.S. Bach), and concluding with Paquita to music by Ludwig Minkus.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo got their start performing in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway. By mid-1975, The Trocks’ loving knowledge of dance, comic approach, and commitment to the notion that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, was already garnering attention beyond the company’s New York home. They have now seen attention from publications such as Variety, Oui, The London Daily Telegraph, and a photo essay in Vogue, that secured the company’s national and international popularity.
To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets for the February 13 and 14, 2018 performance by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Regular $45; Student $40; Child $20; Student Rush, day-of-the-show with valid I.D. $10), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.