IMAGINE a troupe of grown men dressed in white sparkly tutus, a face full of make-up and a pair of pale pink pointe shoes; you may question what you have let yourself in for but you definitely won’t be disappointed by the latest performance by Les ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo (more commonly known as The Trocks).
As the prestigious ballerina Suzanne Farrell once said ‘when you are on stage in front of an audience, you want to engage the entire crowd. If a thousand people are in the theatre, you need to dance a thousand different ways, not one-thousandth of a way.’ The Trocks certainly succeeded with their classical female roles including – swan, princess, and gypsy.
The beautiful, elegant, and light-toed dancing is so captivating that you almost forget that you are watching a group of hairy chested, muscular men. The costumes are beautifully classic and feminine, straying well away from a cheap drag performance. The make-up, from a distance, is so perfectly on point that on several occasions you found yourself questioning the sexual identity of each performer; male or female?
The opening sequence based on Swan Lake was the most satirical part of the performance. The impressively timed mimes, pratfalls, and significant gestures were certainly striking. What is so ingenious about this performance is that you recognise the personalities and humour behind the story through the art of dance; not a single word was spoken throughout yet there was a theatre full of laughter.
One of the main highlights of the performance was Eugenia Repelskii portrayed by classically ballet trained Joshua Thake who was the epitome of a dying swan with feathers fluttered across the stage before humorously attracting the audience’s attention before struggling to leave the curtain call.
The latter parts of the performance are lacking on their comical elements, as witnessed at the beginning, however this doesn’t make the piece any less impressive. During the second and third instalments of the show there is more precision and grace within the dancing, so much so it mesmerises you with goose bumps. The exchange between red headed Alla Snizova (Carlos Hopuy) and Araf Legupski (Laszlo Major) in title role of Le Corsaire pas de deux was executed beautifully; the technique so light and elusive it was easy to get lost in the world of dance and completely abolish the reality of two men in tights.
Now in its 40th year The Trocks is definitely a performance not to be missed, whether you’re a regular attendee of the ballet or a first timer it’s a fabulous evening of tights, tutus, and tears of laughter.
By: Evangeline White