“Swan Lake” (Act 2), “Le Corsaire” pas de deux, “Esmeralda” pas de six, “Dying Swan,” and “Don Quixote”
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Kennedy Center Opera House
Tuesday, March 23, 2017
by Alexandra Tomalonis
copyright 2017 by Alexandra Tomalonis
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – one of the best company names ever, that calls to mind the grand Ballets Russes-type companies of yesteryear – has changed over the years. Way back in the mid-1970s, when the company danced in crumbling theaters (the Old Met in New York, where I first saw them), its humor was based partly on the clunky technique of the dancers (men dancing on pointe, deliberately, in some cases, not very well), and mostly from an absolutely incisive view of classical ballet: its beauty, and the opportunities it presents for over-the-top performances by star, and wannabe star, performers. It satirized style, and did it brilliantly.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in "Swan Lake." Photo by Sascha Vaughan.