The Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a travesty of the highest order.
That’s by design: the company, which pirouettes into the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts starting Thursday, December 13, specializes in satirizing dance, especially classical ballet.
The parody is apparent from the moment the performers take the stage. It’s an all-male ensemble that dresses in full ballet attire, including frilly tutus and pointe shoes. These gents also wear female wigs and heavy makeup but make no effort to hide hairy chests and big biceps.
Such contrast makes the show all the funnier, when the Trocks, as they are affectionately known, present one-of-a kind interpretations of famous ballet works.
For their upcoming appearance at the Annenberg Center, the company presents a fan favorite, Le Lac Des Cygnes (Swan Lake, Act II). Featuring Tchaikovsky’s original music, the Trocks have tremendous fun with the tale of a beautiful princess turned into a swan and the handsome Prince who tries to save her.
It’s an outlandish storyline to begin with, and the Trocks make it even more so by adding pratfalls and plenty more ridiculousness. Another piece on the program, Go For Barocco, plays around with George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. Here the cast makes good sport of the work itself, while also presenting a spoof-laden homage to this master choreographer’s signature moves.
Tickets are available online.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Annenberg Center
When: December 13-15
Where: 3680 Walnut Street
More info: www.pennpresents.org