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All-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo brings ballet you can laugh at to the Smith Center

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Butch ballet: The Trocks put comedic twists on classic ballet works.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
April 23, 7:30 p.m., $26-$79
The Smith Center, 749-2000

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been entertaining across the globe since 1974, bringing Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to the stage—and making audiences laugh in the process. You see, the Trocks, as they’re casually called, present ballet in parody form and perform works en travesti, with the roles of Giselle, Clara and Odette all played by men. Men dancing en pointe.

“What we offer is very unique, a fun show,” artistic director Tory Dobrin says. “You don’t see a lot of fun shows out there using dance on such a high level, technically.” But while the 16-member, all-male dance troupe combines comedic flair with classic and modern ballet technique, Dobrin says the Trocks mean no disrespect with their humorous takes on the fine art. “We’re taking a very wonderful art form and making it fun and comedic,” Dobrin says, explaining that the troupe employs the kind of comedy typically seen in musicals and vaudeville.

“You’ll see a variety of different kinds of comedy, a variety of different kinds of music, a variety of different types of personalities,” Dobrin says. “It’s a good show.”

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