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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo At The Staller Center

Originally Posted: April 30, 2013

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Enjoy a unique brand of ballet during a performance by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. (Courtesy Photo)

On Saturday, May 11 the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University closes its 2012-13 season with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world's premier en travesti ballet company. This is a performance not be missed and better yet experienced twice, as the company will also be performing at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on July 7.

En travesti is the French theatrical term for when an actor, dancer or singer of one sex is disguised as a character of the opposite sex: Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet, Shakespeare's character Rosalind in As You Like It, Patrick Swayze in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. In the case of this company, almost everyone is en travesti. This is drag ballet at its very best!

As described on the Staller Center website, "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a marvelous company of male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The "Trocks" comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance."

Yes, the men dance all the parts, delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angst-ridden Victorian ladies. Founded in New York City in 1974 and performing in Off-Broadway lofts, the company is now world renowned performing from Boston to Berlin, San Francisco to San Antonio and Tokyo to Tel Aviv.

Whether a seasoned ballet enthusiast or a novice to the grand art of dance, this company of highly accomplished dancers will amaze as well as entertain and leave your sides aching from laughter.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a unique brand of ballet, dancing a fine line between high art and high camp.

For more information visit www.staller.sunysb.edu.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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