DO40 presents our Spring Panel:
 “Over 40” Years of Dance -  and Entertainment!
The History and Legacy of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 8pm
St. Luke’s Theater, 308 West 46th Street, NYC

Dancers Over 40 is pleased to feature “The Trocks” (as they are called) for our first panel of 2017.  They have been in existence for “over 40” years, and have a rich history which we would like them to share with our audience!  There will be video and performance and a cross-section of artists who have made The Trocks into a well established dance company, dedicated to the art of dance – and comic entertainment! 

The Troupe!  Photo:  Zoran Jelenic

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The TROCKS, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times  and The Village Voice, established the Company as an artistic and popular success.  By mid 1975, The Trocks’ inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance  en pointe  without falling flat on their faces, was being noted beyond New York.  Articles and notices in publications such as Variety, Oui, The London Daily Telegraph, as well as a Richard Avedon photo essay in Vogue, made the Company nationally and internationally known.

The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed. It is a Company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance.  The fact that men dance all the parts–heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies–enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences. For the future, they plan to continue their mission: to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience. They will, as they have done for forty years, “Keep on Trockin’.”



(L to R:  Chase Johnsey, Raffaele Morra, Robert Carter, Artistic Director Tory Dobrin,
Associate Director Isabel Martinez, Roy Fialkow and Peter Richards)

It's amazing how much in common DO40 has with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Each and everyone a trained professional dancer, with roles that inhabit their souls when they perform! And almost all.. over 40!! A truly eye opening look at the Trocks from 1974 to the present, with dancers from each decade (to the present!). Artistic Director Tory Dobrin moderated, with panelists Associate Director Isabel Martinez, Chase Johnsey, Robert Carter, Roy Fialkow, Raffaele Morra (pictured, demonstrating from Paquita) and Peter Richards, taking us through the ups and downs of the troupe - with a little demo on how they do - what they do! Great video of how they have evolved, especially with their 4 swans videos - decades apart! The Trocks tour approximately 35 weeks a year in over 125 venues and are well known throughout the world.

It was a pleasure hosting them! Special thanks to General Manager Liz Harler and Artistic Director Tory Dobrin for putting this all together! Another one for the history books - and the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, where all our DO40 history lives! DO40 Members will be able to view the panel discussion on our website, starting next week! If you're not a member, you're missing out on a TON of dance history!!! Just click the join button on our website and start your journey!

Also on hand, our trusty DO40 volunteers after the program with host Richard Skipper
(L to R:  DO40 Board Member Sasha Spielvogel, Leni Anders, Sharon Wendrow and Sandy Nance)

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Photo By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc