Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb)
Before the dancers had even taken centre stage, I knew I was in for a treat. As the audience took their seats, and just minutes before the performance was about to begin there was a few minute long voice-over which left the audience in hysterics. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was certainly a show I will never forget.
The show began with a performance of ‘Les Sylphides’ which had the most amazing choreography and definitely stood out as being the best performance in my eyes. Each ballerina had their time to shine and it included some of the funniest slapstick and satire humour to be seen. The ‘Dying Swan’ act was also a very memorable one, with the audience laughing non-stop throughout the whole performance as masses of feathers floated out from the tutu’s ruffles for the majority of this effective solo dance. Other acts such as ‘Walpurgis Night’ and ‘La Vivandiere Pas De Six’ showed off the skill each individual had. Every performance during the show was amazing; the amount of talent everyone in the company has is incredible. During the Q+A session after the show, I learned that there are always 2 or 3 people in the dance company that know each other’s dances in case of any injuries or illness.
The ballet company consists of 16 dancers so as you can imagine they work very hard, and it definitely shows. The effort and energy they put into each dance move and facial expression really pulls the whole show together. In the Q+A session after the show was finished, it was mentioned that one of the key elements they look for when casting the dancers, (obviously being an outstanding dancer was first and foremost) is to ensure they are a group player and have a good sense of humour.
By the end of the night, I was surrounded by people crying with laughter. It definitely broke the stereotypical ballet’s that I’d seen in the past and is a show not to be missed! To get even more of a taster of what the show is really like, you can view an open rehearsal here. More information about the show can be viewed here and to find out where they’re on tour in a city near you click here.
Tickets can be bought here.
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