W&L Presents Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo The all-male dance group will perform their delightful parodies of great ballet classics at the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Feb. 15.
Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts presents the world’s foremost all-male, comedy ballet professional company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre. The event is sponsored in part by the Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or the Trocks as they are known to fans, are celebrating almost 50 years of playful classical ballet en travesty. The company performs delightful parodies of great ballet classics with technical proficiency revealing men can, indeed, dance en pointe with size 11 pointe shoes, wear tutus and execute precision pirouettes and fouette turns with testosterone-fueled energy.
The group exaggerates the quirks, accidents and underlying contradictions of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts – heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses and angst-ridden Victorian ladies – enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form.
Diversity and identity are the themes for both the “Trocks” and the audiences who come to watch barriers broken. The group’s signature style and message of equality and inclusion continue to be a tour de force of male expertise, proving a ballerina is not only a woman dancing – but a revolution in a tutu!
Tickets are required, and for more information about the performance, visit my.wlu.edu/lenfest-center/the-trocks or call the Lenfest Center box office at 540-458-8000.
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