The countdown begins until Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (known as The Trocks), the multi-award winning all-male, comedy ballet company, returns to the UK and receives its Ireland premiere this autumn during an eight-week, twelve-venue tour. It will begin at The Peacock in London on 11 September and concludes at Grand Opera House in Belfast on 3 November.
For 44 years, The Trocks have been delighting audiences at sell-out performances featuring their fabulous sense of fun and flawless dance. Hailing from New York City, the company is loved for its sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet and modern dance, where each of the 18 dancers transform into two personas, both male and female. However, what makes this company special is its immaculate dance technique and daring physicality, as well as unmatchable comic timing.
The Trocks have performed in over 600 cities in 38 countries. Following their last UK tour in 2015, The Trocks were nominated for an Outstanding Company Award at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (2016, UK) alongside Bolshoi Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet. The 2018 engagement marks the company’s fifteenth visit to the UK, and first time in Ireland, and follows extensive tours across the USA, Japan and Europe.
The tour includes five audio-described performances for blind and visually-impaired patrons. Each audio-described performance features a Touch Tour and an opportunity to meet members of the company. Dance Consortium is working with Sightlines Audio Description Services to deliver the audio-described performances in London, Newcastle, Cardiff, Nottingham and Belfast.
In addition to the live performances, screenings of Rebels on Pointe, a film by Bobbi Jo Hart and starring The Trocks, will be shown in advance of and during the stage tour. Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the company.