Dance Consortium Announces THE TROCKS UK And Ireland Tour 2018
Last seen in the UK in 2015, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the multi-award winning all-male, comedy ballet company, will return to the UK and receive its Ireland premiere in 2018 during an eight-week, twelve-venue tour beginning at The Peacock, London on 11 September and concluding at Grand Opera House, Belfast on 3 November.
For more than 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (affectionately known as "The Trocks") have been delighting audiences of all ages at sell-out performances featuring their fabulous sense of fun and their flawless dance.
Hailing from New York City, the Trocks are now loved worldwide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet and modern dance, where each of the 18 dancers transform into two personas, both male and female.
Every performance frivolously froths with tutus and testosterone, blush-pink ballet pumps, fierce fake eyelashes and hyperbolic prima ballerina attitudes; however, what makes this company extraordinarily special is their immaculate dance technique and daring physicality, surpassed only by their unmatchable comic timing.
During their incredible history, The Trocks have performed in over 600 cities in 38 countries. Following their last UK tour in 2015, The Trocks were nominated for an Outstanding Company Award at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards (2016, UK) alongside Bolshoi Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet. The 2018 engagement marks the company's fifteenth visit to the UK and first time in Ireland and follows extensive tours across the USA, Japan and Europe. The Trocks' phenomenon moved from stage to screen in Rebels on Pointe, the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous company. Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, the film is a glorious and insightful glimpse behind the scenes and received critical acclaim and won numerous awards following its release in 2017.
The Trocks, including dancers Carlos Hopuy (an alumnus of Cuba's renowned National Ballet School and four times Gold Medal winner at international ballet competitions in Cuba and Japan), Long Zou an alumnus of Central Ballet School and former dancer with Singapore Dance Theatre, and Chase Johnsey, winner of the Best Male Dancer accolade at the UK's Critics' Circle National Dance Awards in 2016, all turn perceptions of what being a ballerina means on their heads.
During the UK and Ireland tour, The Trocks will perform signature pieces from ballet classics including Esmerelda, Paquita, Raymonda's Wedding, Swan Lake Act II, Les Sylphides and La Trovatiara.
The lively Pas de Six from August Bournonville's Napoli receives its Trocks' UK PREMIERE and will delight with the intricate footwork, crystalline clarity and lightness of movement synonymous with the 19th Century Danish choreographer. The Little Humpback Horse proved an instant hit with the audiences of Imperial Russia and in the company's version dancers swimmingly (and hopefully without drowning!) deliver divertissements from the ballet's underwater scene. Two exciting all-time favourites added to the Trocks' repertoire, of impeccable attention to their classicism and a riotous sense of humour that will charm audiences in 2018.
The UK & Ireland Tour 2018 programme, which is subject to alteration, will include the following:
11 - 16 Sept: Swan Lake Act II; La Trovatiara; The Little Humpback Horse
18 - 22 Sept: Les Sylphides; Napoli; Raymonda's Wedding
ALL OTHER TOUR VENUES:
Les Sylphides; La Trovatiara; Paquita
Swan Lake Act II; Esmeralda; Paquita