Staying on their Toes

| February 3, 2011

TrockaderoWith the highly-acclaimed artistry of the film “Black Swan” putting ballet back on the radar, it is only fitting that another dancing troupe is shaking things up a bit. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is doing just that.

Men in tights takes on a new meaning with this all-male dance ensemble proving that ballet and comedy can mesh together. “The Trocks,” as they are known, are set to perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at The Brown Theatre.

Although the Trocks perform parodies of classical ballets, with men playing parts often reserved for women, at the core of each performance is a group of professionally-trained dancers, 15 to be exact, who do justice to the business that is ballet.

“The challenging part is making sure that each performance is a quality one,” said Artistic Director Tory Dobrin, who has been with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo for 30 years. “There are a lot of details that go into each performance – but it’s a fun job. After 30 years you better hope the job is fun.”

Founded in 1974, the Trocks had humble beginnings, performing in late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway venues. The phenomenon has since danced its way through more than 30 countries and more than 500 cities worldwide including Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris and New York.

“This is my sixth year with the Trocks,” said dancer Davide Marongiu, who is from Italy. It’s been great “to perform for so many diverse audiences all over the world celebrating the grandeur of ballet and to share my life with fellow dancers who became my family away from home.”

The company’s original concept remains the same as it did in the beginning. A group of,  male dancers perform a full range of ballet and modern dance with comedic undertones. Comedy is achieved by adding exaggerated facial expressions, trips across the stage and much more.

“Overall, we just want each audience to witness good ballet and be entertained,” Dobrin said.

In addition to their grueling performance schedule, the Trocks have had numerous TV appearances including “What’s My Line?” “Real People” and “On-Stage America.”

While their performances might be comedic, the Trocks have utilized their success by raising money for international AIDS organizations. Their benefit performance in 2009 for Thailand’s Queen Sirikit’s Scholarship Fund in Bangkok helped raise more than,  $400,000 for impoverished children.

The unconventional,  ballet group will be “trockin” to Canada after they grace us with a performance and prove that men can dance – and well.

Tickets to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are $20 to $45 and,  are available by calling The Kentucky Center Box Office at (502) 584-7777 or online at

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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