The Kennedy Center

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Contemporary Dance

The sensational and hilarious all-male dance troupe performs in drag and on pointe. Dance enthusiasts and casual audiences alike will be amazed and entertained by the technical skill and uproarious antics of the Trocks.

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Tory Dobrin, Artistic Director
Swan Lake, Act II: Le Lac des Cygnes (Tchaikovsky/Choreography after Ivanov)
Le Corsaire Pas De Deux (Drigo/Choreography after Chabukiani)
Esmerelda Pas de Six (Pugni/Choreography after Petipa)
Don Quixote (Minkus/Choreography after Petipa and Gorsky)
plus a few special surprises
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
conducted by George Daugherty

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/4 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions (the first following Swan Lake and the second following Esmerelda) 
The Trocks "prove how parody and virtuosic technique work in glittering tandem."
--The New York Times

 "When they aren't busy making merry with parody and slapstick, they are dancing their hearts out in some of the most difficult choreography in the canon."
--The Times of London

The sensational and hilarious all-male dance company, famed for performing in drag and on pointe, brings a glorious program spoofing some of your favorite works! Dance enthusiasts and new audiences alike will revel in the technical skill and uproarious antics of "The Trocks," as they are affectionately known. Don't miss this rollicking send-up of 19th-century Russian Ballet as these swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and Victorian ladies perform in the grandeur of the Opera House. Their virtuosity will amaze, even as they send you into stitches by exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance.
Founded more than 40 years ago to present a playful view of classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, The Trocks first performed late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. They quickly garnered critical acclaim, establishing the company as a major dance phenomenon, renowned for their "delicious blend of cheeky humor and true reverence" (The New York Times).
Mar. 21: Free Post-Performance Discussion

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