“Raymonda’s Wedding” performed by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Photo by Sascha Vaughan/Courtesy GMU Center for the Arts
Where and When
“Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo” performing at the George Mason University, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Ave, Fairfax. Performance: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $50, $43 and $30. Call 703-993-8888 or visit https://cfa.gmu.edu/">www.cfa.gmu.edu
Northern Virginia audiences have been “asking for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo to be scheduled for another visit to the Center for the Arts,” said Tom Reynolds, director, artistic programming, Center for the Arts (CFA). Well, wait no more.
After too long away from the CFA, “The Trocks,” as they are affectionately known, will be returning to perform their brand of both serious and fun dance moves.
If you are not familiar with “The Trocks,” they are highly skilled male dancers, who portray both male and female dance roles. Accompanied by recorded symphonic dance music befitting each dance, they will perform both traditional ballet pieces “en pointe [on their toes]” as well as other dances as parodies with intentional foibles.
“Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is such a delight. Though there is a bit of ‘camp’ to what they do, it is all performed by extremely accomplished ballet dancers who enjoy using their considerable skill, abilities, and humor to entertain,” said Reynolds. “The comic pieces are complemented by more traditional ballet pieces that perhaps more clearly showcase their talent.”
According to Tory Dobring, “The Trock’s” director, as “the technical skill of the company has grown over the years, we’ve been able to create a wider variety of works and expand the repertoire in new ways. However, the company has remained committed to its core mission of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional and classical ballets, with a few modern works thrown in for variety.
“We are excited to bring one of our signature works, ‘Paquita’, to Fairfax, which brought down the house at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival last October,” added Dobring. “If you know and love ballet, you will appreciate the skill of the dancers — and a few ballet in-jokes thrown in there — and if you are new to dance, it’s a great variety of ballet types and a lot of comedy!”
Inviting audiences to the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performance, Tom Reynolds said, “I think they are so successful because they are very serious about not taking themselves too seriously.”
Get ready for a performance like few others at the Center for the Arts as muscular men wearing tutus dance flawlessly. And they will also dance to bring huge smiles. “The Trocks” will be appreciated by those who are ballet aficionados, and those wanting something different.