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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Comes Sashaying Into Austin This Week! by Olin Meadows

 

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It may not be every male professional ballet dancer’s dream to end up on pointe and dancing the classic diva roles, however for a select group known around the world as “Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo” that is exactly what they do!  These professionally and classically trained male ballet dancers take to the stage nightly touring around the globe entertaining the masses with their own unique brand of Ballet. With clever and comical “stage names” like Guiseppina Zambellini, Olga Supphozova, and  Alla Snizova, these leading ladies have more under their skirts than a set of skilled legs. Some of these fictional back stories read like a read like a Lifetime television movie:

Guiseppina Zambellini created many original roles in St. Petersburg where she was the last of a long line of Italian Etoiles to appear at the Maryinsky Theater.  It was her dazzling triumph in the role of “Electricity” in the extravagant Excelsior in her native Milan that brought her fame. However, no less electrifying was the line up of perfectly trained elephants, performing like the present-day Rockettes.  Unfortunately, Mlle Zambellini’s jealous scenes over the publicity given to these elephants – and their ensuing popularity with the public – caused numerous problems.  She subsequently refused to appear again in this role.

The Trockodera dancers come from all over the world, some as far as Italy, Russia, and France. The “Trocks” as they are often referred to have performed all over the world. Some of these dancers have trained for several years to learn how to dance “En Pointe” which is traditionally only danced by women, and even more select only “Prima Ballerinas.”

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti.

By mid 1975, the TROCKS’ inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe  without falling flat on their faces, was being noted beyond New York.  Articles and notices in publications such as Variety, Oui, The London Daily Telegraph, as well as a Richard Avedon photo essay in Vogue, made the Company nationally and internationally known.

After an absence of several seasons, the comical ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Austin for a one-night performance on February 3th at The Long Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets start at 35.00.

The Long Cetner is located at 701 West Riverside Drive at South First Street. Tickets are now available at The Long Center’s 3M Box Office, by calling 474-LONG (5664) and online at http://www.TheLongCenter.org.

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