By Michael Reubens
Affectionately known as “The Trocks”, this unique male dance troupe extroadinaire are making a welcome return to the Joyce Theatre for a short but must-see season of classical ballet highlights with a difference!
With the world in a political and climactic spiral, a comedic style of classical ballet is a breath of fresh air and perfect timing in this hectic Christmas season. A positive respite is to see comedy intertwined with sophisticated Ballet as performed by talented Male dancers.
Not since British pantomime in the UK do I remember leading men playing women’s roles so convincingly and with such ease and panache and here on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles for example.
Since 1974, the trocks in frocks have put parody in vogue with their deliciously entertaining trastvestism both here in the US, Canada, the UK, Russia, Austria and Germany, reaching far and wide to critical acclaim wherever and whenever.
Swan Lake, Act II, the Paquita Pas de Trois, La Trovatiara Pas De Cinq, Dying Swan, the underwater scene from The Little Humpbacked Horse featured choreography by Peter Anastos, Alexander Gorsky and Robert La Fosse. Performances by Carlos Hopuy, Duane Gosa, Long Zou and Robert Carterand, all sublime as every prima ballerina should be!
Equally outstanding were Roberto Vega, Alberto Pretto, Takaomi Yoshino and Boysie Dikobe.
In a deep Russian accent, a voice over the p.a. system informs the patrons to silence cell phones and that the use of flash photography is forbidden – in case the Ballerinas perceived that as KGB provocation, thereby possibly causing panic to the artistes prior to the dimming of the house lights as the show began. And the fun did begin, with two intermissions over two hours of frivolity and beautifully staged Ballet.
Much applause, shouts of Bravo ensued and plenty of curtain-calls. Ballet aficionados take this entertainment very seriously, and well they should.
A surprise was in store by the Company for a lovely encore at show’s end. No spoiler alert here.
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Repertoire: Dec 11th-30th, 2018.