Ballet’s Very Grande Dames Are Back!
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 October 2022
Get ready to experience ballet like you have never seen it before as the much loved all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – affectionately known as The Trocks – make a sparkling return to Newcastle Theatre Royal.
Based in New York, The Trocks are loved world-wide for their hilarious homages and sassy spoofs of classical ballet. Their impeccable comic timing is matched by their immaculate technique and daring physicality. Every performance froths with tutus and testosterone, blush-pink ballet shoes, false eyelashes and prima ballerina attitude as the 16 dancers transform into different personas, male and female.
Based in New York, the company was founded in 1974 in the wake of the Stonewall Riots. Early performances were held on the makeshift stage of the West Side Discussion Group, an offshoot of the groundbreaking Mattachine Society, one of the first LGBTQ+ rights groups in the US.
The dazzling programme opens with The Trocks’ signature work Le Lac des Cygnes (Swan Lake Act II) which is followed by a mystery pas de deux or short modern work, announced from the stage on the night. Next up is the company’s celebration of Balanchine, Vivaldi Suite.
Finally comes Raymonda’s Wedding, the traditionally confusing divertissements from the final act of ‘Raymonda’. A ballet in three acts and fifteen scenes, ‘Raymonda’ has baffled audiences since its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1898. With choreography after Marius Petipa, The Trocks ignore all the plot intrigues and go straight for the happy ending!
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 October 2022. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.