The Society for the Performing Arts will present something decidedly different this month when it brings “hairy men in tights, tutus and en
pointe” to the Jones Hall stage.
The society will present Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, affectionately known as the “Trocks,” on Jan. 31 for a one-night-only performance. Curtain is at 8 p.m.
Dancing a fine line between high art and high camp, the Trocks are a troupe of male dancers performing a full range of ballet repertoire. With stage names Minnie Van Driver, Irina Kolesterolikova and Ida Nevasayneva, the troupe specializes in performing classical and original ballets in faithful, yet humorous renditions.
The Trocks’ Houston program will include “Le lac des cygnes” (Swan Lake, Act II), “Le Grand Pas de Quatre” (a re-creation of an 1845 gathering of the century’s greatest divas) and “Majisimas” (a “tribute” to the National Ballet of Cuba).
Although meant to be a humorous parody, the Trocks’ performance of serious ballet provides audiences with a greater understanding of the art form. The waif ballerina’s body is built to move and bend in graceful directions. The contrast of heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, water sprites, romantic princesses and angst-ridden Victorian ladies truly demonstrates how much talent and effort professional ballet requires.
“Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has the intention of dancing quite well, but with a touch of humor,” SPA Executive Director June Christensen said. “The company incorporates comedy with the sophisticated dance forms in a way that is still respectful of tradition, making for a fascinating and entertaining performance.”
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts, the Trocks have sold out shows since their first performance in the late-late shows in off-off Broadway lofts. Now the company is known beyond New York, having performed in Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.
Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4SPA or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St in downtown Houston.