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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: From the ridiculous to the sublime
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: From the ridiculous to the sublime
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

The international all-male ensemble of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, formed in 1974, are so amazingly good ballet dancers that they can very successfully pull off slapstick antics. Pratfalls and glaring facial expressions help them to make fun of their art, to the delight and glee of their audience. This wildly popular group always plays to sold out houses whereever they go.

They are funny and make themselves up wiht dreadfully pronounced eyebrows, fake eyelashes and exposed hairy chests, which gives a whole new meaning to the word "cleavage."

At the same time, they are some of the best most diciplined and graceful ballet dancers one would have the privledge of seeing. Seeing men dancing "on point" is quite amazing since this has always been only done by female dancers traditionally. They are skilled toe dancers and fabulous to watch.

They appeared at the Kirkland Performance Center on Feb. 18th. They performed thier famous ensemble piece "Le Sylhpides" in true comic fashion. They also performed the funny "Pas de Deux," "Pas de Quatre," and their hilarious signature piece, a send up of "The Dying Swan" in which the "Swan" continually molts throughout the dance, flooding the stage with white feathers.

The sublime part came with the group peice "Paquita" when the dancers got serious and wowed us with their skill, beauty and endurance. That was my favorite piece because it really showed the kind of hard work they do daily to maintain their balletic form. The audience loved their performance too, giving them a standing ovation.

The dancers take names like "Maria Gertrudes Clubfoot," "Tatiana Youbetyabootskaya," "Velour Pilleaux," and "Sveltlana Lofatkina." The dancers are delightful on stage on off stage as well. They are warm, open and friendly and by no means ballet "divas."

Next time they come to town, I highly recommend that people go see them, especially if you've never seen them before.

For information about upcoming events at the Kirkland Performance Center, call their box office at 425-893-9900 or visit their website at www.kpcenter.org.

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