Big Men in Pointy Shoes and Tutus — NOW THAT’S CLASSY!

12 Jan

Dear Highkixx reading public, meet Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

This is a dance troupe that performs traditional ballet classics by Tchaikovsky and Chopin such as The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, and many more.

Co-founded by Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor, and Antony Bassae, the “Trocks”, as they are called, have been performing since 1974 and are based in New York City.  What’s interesting about this company, and what qualifies it for Highkixx interest, is that it’s a ballet company composed of professional male dancers performing the full range classic and modern performances as they should be danced – tutus, pointe shoes, and all!  (And YOU thought it was hard to find size 13 stiletos!)

The troupe has been well acclaimed since the start.  A favorable critical review in The New Yorker by Arlene Croce in ’74 opened the company to a wider audience and the troupe even performed for Prince Charles in 2008.  (Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that fabulously repressed affair!)

Picture “mallerinas” en pointe as “swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies”.

Read about The Trocks’ recently launched 3-week season, and check out Charleston Magazine for a fabulous overview: The Trocks’  “Go for Barocco” [in a] signature parody of Balanchine…”

Here’s a fun snippet from Moscow TV.

So, while the Trocks are not the traditional drag queen Highkixx generally covers, we just couldn’t resist.  These men are performers and illusionists and they do it dressed, in many cases, as little dainty ladies.  Gotta love it!


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