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.
The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo has not changed since its inception. 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. Over the past decade the Trocks' dancing has gotten so good that critics don't just call them funny anymore, but sophisticated comic dance artists who show us new facets of ballet while exposing its absurdities.
The 30th anniversary of the Trocks during the 2003/2004 season builds on the success of the past. Extended engagements include a weak long season in Paris, performances in Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and tours across the USA and the Far East, including China, Japan and Singapore.
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, and London’s Stonewall Gala. In addition, The Trocks have given, or participated in special benefit performances for Rochester City Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theater, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in New York City.
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 thirty years, “Keep on Trockin’.”
The Trocks perform on Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The Amherst performance is sponsored by The River 93.9 and The Valley Advocate. For tickets call 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS or follow this link http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.