Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo for One Night Only

Editor | - April 3, 2013

'Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a flawless combination of slapstick humor, athleticism and role reversal'

From an Aspen Santa Fe Ballet press release...

Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo presents a flawless combination of slapstick humor, athleticism and role reversal.  The humorous sight of male bodies in full prima ballerina costume delicately balancing in toe shoes as swans, sylphs and water sprites has delighted audiences for more than 35 years. In Santa Fe April 15 for a special, one-night-only performance, the “trocks” will sell out fast, so get your tickets early!

“Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo… remains one of the great comic creations of the American stage.” – San Francisco Chronicle

All performances are held at The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Tickets Santa Fe: 505-988-1234, stopping by the box office (Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic) or visiting  Tickets to all shows are $20, $36, $55 & $72.


Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo  first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times  and The Village Voice, established the company as an artistic and popular success.  By mid 1975, the Trock's inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance  en pointe  without falling flat on their faces, was being noted beyond New York.  Articles and notices in publications such as Variety, Oui, The London Daily Telegraph, as well as a Richard Avedon photo essay in Vogue, made the company nationally and internationally known.

The 1975-76 season was a year of growth and full professionalization. The company found management, qualified for the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program and hired a full-time teacher and ballet mistress to oversee daily classes and rehearsals. Also in this season, they made their first extended tours of the U.S. and Canada.  Packing, unpacking and repacking tutus and drops, stocking giant-sized toe shoes by the case, running for planes and chartered buses all became routine parts of life.

Since those beginnings, the Trocks ave established themselves as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. They have participated in dance festivals in Bodrum (Turkey), Bogota, Holland, Finland, San Luis Potosi, Madrid, Montreal, New York, Paris, Lyon,  Rome, Spoleto, Turin and Vienna.  They've appeared on tv in an array of shows, including "The Shirley MacLaine Specia"l, "The Dick Cavett Show," "What's My Line?" "Real People, " "On-Stage America", with Kermit and Miss Piggy on their show "Muppet Babies," and a BBC Omibus special on the world of ballet hosted by Jennifer Saunders.

They've also appeared in solo specials on national networks in Japan and Germany, as well as a French television special with Julia Migenes.  The acclaimed British arts program "The South Bank Show" aired a documentary and a PBS program, "The Egg, about arts in America,"featured them, winning an emmy award for the directo. The group also appeared in a December, 2008 esegment of "Nightline." Several performances were taped by a consortium of Dutch, French and Japanese TV networks at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, for worldwide broadcast and DVD distribution. The Trocks have won awards over the years including best classical  repertoire from the  prestigious  Critic’s Circle National  Dance Awards  (2007)  (UK), the Theatrical Managers Award  (2006) (UK) and the 2007 Positano Award  (Italy) for excellence in dance.  In December 2008, the Trocks appeared at the 80th anniversary Royal Variety Performanc  to aid the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, in London, attended by members of the British Royal Family.

The Trocks' numerous tours have been both popular and critical successes—their frenzied annual schedule has included 10 tours in Australia and New Zealand, 27 in Japan (where their annual summer tours have created a nationwide cult following and a fan club), nine in other parts of Asia, 12 in South America, three in South Africa, and 72 in Europe, including 21 tours of the U.K. alone. In the U.S., the company has become a regular part of the college and university circuit in addition to regular dance presentations in cities in 49 states. The TROCKS have appeared in more than 34 countries and over 500 cities worldwide since their founding in 1974.  Increasingly, the company is presenting longer seasons, includingd extended engagements in Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Cologne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow (at the famed Bolshoi Theater), Paris (at the Chatelet Theater and Folies Bergere), Perth, Rome, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna and Wellington.

The company continues to appear in benefits for international AIDS organizations such as DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS) and Classical Action in New York City, the Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, Dancers for Life in Toronto, Canada, London’s Stonewall Gala and Germany’s AIDS Tanz Gala.  In addition, The TROCKS have given, or participated in special benefit performances for Connecticut Ballet Theater, Ballet Hawaii, Indianapolis Ballet Theater, Rochester City Ballet, Dancers in Transition (NYC), Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center , the Young Audiences / Arts for Learning Organization and the Ali Forney Center, benefiting homeless gay youths in New York City. In 2009, the Trocks gave a benefit performance for Thailand’s Queen Sirikit’s Scholarship Fund in Bangkok, which helps finance schooling for children of impoverished Thai families.  The benefit helped raise over four hundred thousand dollars. 

The original concept of the Trocks has not changed.  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—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 the audiences.    For the future, there are plans for new works in the repertoire:  new cities, states and countries to perform in; and for the continuation of the Trocks’ original purpose:  to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience.  They will, as they have done for more than 38 years, Keep on Trockin!’

The program repertoire includes Frederic Chopin, J.S. Bach and Charles Gounod.

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