Les Ballets Trockadero Presents Family-Friendly Comic Ballet

Posted on 1/25/2018 12:04:51 PM

Billed as “The World’s Foremost All-Male Ballet Company,” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dances onto stage for the next performance in the 2017–18 Ovations! lineup presented by the Lively Arts of IUP. This comedic and entertaining performance will be presented Monday, February 5, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, located in IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Les Ballets TrockaderoInternationally known as Les Ballets Trockadero, this all-male group of professional dancers is making it their mission to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest audience they possibly can. Touring internationally, the group has performed in over 33 countries and 500 cities, including Paris, New York City, Vienne, Rome, and Madrid.

They perform the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire, including both classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the quirks, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts–heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies–enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences.

Establishing themselves around the world, the group has performed in dance festivals in many countries, including Turkey, Finland, France, Spain, Bolivia, Italy, and Austria. Founded in 1974 by ballet enthusiasts, they wanted to present traditional, classic ballet in a more playful and entertaining way, and they continue to strive for that in their performances today. Beginning their performance careers in late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts, they quickly earned positive critical essays and reviews in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village, and more. Affectionately known as “The Trocks,” they have proved that man can, in fact, dance en pointe and have achieved the popularity and success they have today.

Les Ballets TrockaderoTickets for the performance are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $36 for seniors, and $18 for active I-Card holders and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will no longer be available at the Hadley Union Building. For more information on group rates and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.