Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo aka “the Trocks” were set up in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts. They haveÂ become an international phenomenon under the artistic direction of Tory Dobrin, regularly touring the world. The company boastsÂ something quite unique in classical ballet: it mocks the exaggerations and mannerisms associated with the art form, while showing respect and admiration for it, thanks to a wonderful mix of technique and artistry. So much so thatÂ Ismene Brown recently singled them out forÂ praise, saying “the best ballerinas in Britain at the moment are hairy and male“.Â
Last month, the TrocksÂ were in London for a series of performances and we spent time backstage at the Peacock Theatre with some of the dancers. As gentlemen Raffaele Morra, Robert Carter, Chase Johnsey and Joshua Thake finished putting on makeup, costumes and oversized pointe shoes, what struckÂ us the most is how we gradually started to forget this is a male troupe and started to see them as ballerinas. At the 5-minutes-to-stage call, we kept cheering: “toi toi ladies!” Mr B. reallyÂ had it right.The Trocks’s UK tour continues during October and November, 2015 in all theseÂ locations.