Review Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Programme B, Peacock Theatre by Hannah Goslin



 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


I got myself a taste of the Trocks last week, and I ached for more.

Probably not as much as they ache after performing 2 different shows over the course of 2 weeks.

You would think – doing comical ballet dressed as women would become old hat – but boy, are you wrong.

This time around, we had different ballets – from Les Syphides, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux to Napoli Pas De Six, Raymonda’s Wedding and a revisit to The Dying Swan.

Each performance different to the last, there is no repeat of the routine – both comedy and dance and the stand out performers are not the same as last time, taking the lead with their characters and their foibles.

What can be congratulated by them as performers, is that no one is on stage and forgetting where they are. They are engaged, the are paying attention, and in their own subtle ways being involved and hilarious in their ‘hammed’ reactions as much as those we are ‘meant’ to be paying attention to.

Again, the ballet aspects are brilliant, perfection and stunning to watch. Their transformation and changes between the female and male characters invoke typical and traditional ballet. But they still have their own characters – the slightly dumb male lead, distracted by everything and anything in Les Syphides to the beautiful and slightly egotistical bride in Raymonda’s Wedding.

We have a repeat performance of the Dying Swan, but with a different dancer, they have taken their own take – the basic choreography is the same, but their character is different and so we are still easily engaged and laughing at different jokes.

Again, I really enjoyed Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and felt as if I was seeing an old friend, but with new and side splitting stories.

Hannah Goslin



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