Dance preview: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
All-male ballet that gets straight to the pointe
A trip to the theatre holds few guarantees, but if you’ve bought a ticket for the Trocks, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be laughing out loud within the first five minutes. And, by the time Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo takes its final bow, you’ll be as impressed by the dancers’ technical ability as their comic timing.
Regular visitors to Edinburgh, the New York-based company of male ballerinas is once again heading for the capital, where it will perform Act Two from Swan Lake, Merce Cunningham’s Patterns in Space, and Don Quixote among other works.
A dancer with the Trocks for 15 years, what does Raffaele Morra think the male physique can bring to those female roles?
‘Power,’ he says, ‘a lot of power. We bring the attack of the male dancer, even in roles which are really lyrical. In a romantic ballet, the female dancers are soft and whispering, well we don’t whisper – we scream the steps.’
Those well versed in the Trockadero style will get the jokes straight off, which is great for the dancers – but sometimes, Morra and his colleagues have to wait for the penny to drop.
‘We really feel the reaction from the audience, and that changes all the time,’ he says. ‘Sometimes the audience knows what it’s coming to see, other times it takes a little longer for them to laugh. Of course, by the end, they all love it.’