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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
562-985-7000
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4.7 average rating
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88 reviews
4 stars
attended Feb 07 2008

Great combination of artistry and comedy. The audience really went wild!

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87 reviews
6 stars
attended Feb 07 2008

Funny yet they were really good dancers. I didn't want the show to end.

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73 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 07 2008

Very funny parody of classical ballet. The exaggerated technique demonstrated a combination of humor and skill, and the non-dance bits (bows, rivalry among the dancers, the pun-like surnames) added to the fun.

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“One of the indisputable charms of The Trocks is the way this all-male troupe plunges the viewer back into the glory days of ballet.” —New York Times
“A sensation…these people deliver more bang for the buck than most other classical companies in America!” —The New Yorker

Description

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – a dance phenomenon in their own right – makes a rare southern CA appearance at the Carpenter Center. This remarkable dance company (affectionately known as The Trocks) has delighted audiences across the nation with their skillful parody of classical ballet for over three decades, and will be in Long Beach for two performances only.

Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts to present a playful, entertaining view of traditional ballet, The Trocks first performed in late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. They quickly garnered glowing reviews by_ The New Yorker_, The _New York Times _and The Village Voice, establishing themselves as an artistic and popular success. Within a year they were known across the country, and by their second season they were performing in dance festivals in Holland, Madrid, New York, Paris, Spoleto, Turin, and Vienna . The company has appeared in more than 500 cities worldwide, including five tours to Australia and New Zealand, nineteen to Japan (where they have created a nation-wide cult following), eight to South America, three to South Africa, and forty tours of Europe. In the United States, they have performed in 48 of the 50 states.

The Trocks have been featured in a number of television shows including “The Dick Cavett Show,” “What’s My Line?” “Real People,” “On-Stage America,” with Kermit and Miss Piggy on “Muppet Babies,” and have had their own solo specials on national networks in Japan and Germany, as well as a French television special with Julia Migenes. A documentary was filmed and aired internationally by the acclaimed British arts program, The South Bank Show_, and the company was featured in the Emmy-winning PBS program, The Egg_.

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 – with heavy bodies delicately balancing en pointe as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies – enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing both the most knowledgeable and the novice dance enthusiasts in their audiences.