"Swan Lake, Act II," "Patterns in Space," "Napoli Pas de Six," "The Dying Swan," "Raymonda's Wedding"
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
December 13, 2016
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel
The Trocks returned for their biennial New York season with their version of the pas de six from Bournonville’s “Napoli.” They’re still getting acquainted with the work’s style; give them a year and it will be funny as well.
The pas de six is one of the most beautifully stitched of 19th century divertissements, streamlined in this version to be done without a crowd and with only six dancers. True to their brand, the Trocks showed their love for the surface details: their costumes were the traditional designs, even down to the colors. But parody, even more than comedy, requires the time to get under the skin of what you’re skewering, and they don’t yet know the ballet well enough to joke about it. That takes repetition. The dancers have started the process: a trio did little waltz steps towards and away from one another, and suddenly with insane cheerfulness they verbalized, “Hello! Hello!” You can almost imagine how that happened spontaneously in rehearsal.
Maria Paranova (Carlos Renedo) in “The Dying Swan.” Photo © Yi-Chun Wu