The Trocks are bringing back the soul of classic ballets
- Kelly Apter
- 10 September 2018
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are back in Edinburgh with a new show and a documentary following the groups 40 years
Although impossible to quantify, it's fair to say that Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has brought many new people into the dance fold. For 40 years, the New York-based company has reached out to those who feel ballet is 'not for them', and proved otherwise.
A company of all-male dancers, each playing both male and female roles from the classical canon, the 'Trocks' bring humour and skill to the stage – an intoxicating mix that can't fail to charm.
'Sometimes ballet can be a bit difficult to understand,' says Raffaele Morra, a dancer with the company for 17 years. 'But we explain the stories in a very silly, but also very clear, way. We aim to bring back the soul of those ballets – the excitement of the opening night when it was first created.'
For this particular tour, the ballets in question will be excerpts from Paquita, Swan Lake,La Esmeralda, Les Sylphides and Merce Cunningham's Patterns in Space. And a few weeks earlier, on 13 September, Edinburgh Festival Theatre will also play host to Rebels on Pointe, a fascinating new documentary film charting the Trocks' adventures to date.
Having worked with the company for almost two decades, Morra has observed the way different audiences around the world react to their unique style.
'It's always really rewarding going to the UK,' he says. 'The audiences there combine the politeness of British culture with the enthusiasm of an American audience, so we get a little bit of everything from the audience.'
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 30-Wed 31 Oct