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Men in Tights

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I was recently reminded of this ballet company when I posted a snippet from Christohper Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is one of the best-known and most unique ballet companies in the world. Comprised entirely of men, the company is known for its send-ups of the conventions and clichés of classical ballet. While their parodies are fantastically funny, their performances wouldn’t be nearly as effective and memorable were it not for the dancers’ phenomenal skill and beauty. There’s just something extra fantastic about a man in drag dancing en pointe.

“The Trocs demonstrate that great dance is not about kinesiological categorizations of male and female but about showing us, with both gentle humor and serious art, exactly what the body can do, often to the amazement of anyone who knows how to appreciate this truly world-class company.” -Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

Before I show you the corps, I want you to watch my favorite of their pieces, the Dying Swan from Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as danced by my favorite of the company’s (now retired) dancers, Paul Ghiselin, A.K.A. Ida Nevasayneva.

And if you want to treat yourself to an hour and forty three minutes of pure joy, here’s their full-length Bravo special. Enjoy!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

24 thoughts on “Men in Tights

  1. Evil! I’ve just spent two hours watching these amazing guys! Thank you, it think. 😀

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  3. Another one that I want to give a ten to. THANKS = Hal

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  4. As a straight woman, I wish there were more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the male body! 😉

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  5. What fun. I’d love to see them live.

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  6. Fabulous stuff! I hope this inspires more young men to take up dance. I have known two young men who were ballet dancers and both were the only boys in their ballet classes growing up.

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    • American boys rarely grow up to be ballet dancers, but the non-English-speaking European countries still seems to turn them out with pretty good regularity.

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      • Yes, the continental Europeans seem to contribute most male ballet dancers, based on my limited knowledge. The two I knew were in a flyover US state and a small, rural community in Scotland. Totally different contexts from growing up in Moscow or Paris.

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      • Very true. I’ve known ballet dancers, both male and female, and they’re some of the most committed, astounding athletes I’ve ever known. It’s a shame our culture doesn’t give them their proper respect.

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  7. You’re correct Donna the videos are giggling funny as well as astoundingly beautiful. THANX for another peek at something new to me. ~~dru~~

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  9. Thank you, thank you! The Trocs are one of my all-time favorites!

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  10. I have known two young men who were ballet dancers and both were the only boys in their ballet classes growing up. —
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