Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Return of the Trocks

This weekend, Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo returned to Toronto for three performances at the Wintergarden Theatre. The Trocks, an all-male troupe of dancers, has been touring the world with their unique form of drag ballet for almost forty years.



I was lucky enough to attend the Trocks' latest show, courtesy of Stark, PROUD FM's lovely Dyke About Town. As always, the Trocks combined camp with athleticism, bounding across the stage en pointe while hamming it up for the audience.

After such an enjoyable evening, I was particularly pleased to come across a mention of the Trocks in an old issue of the Body Politic. Here they are, in all their glory, in 1981, when they hit Toronto for four performances at the Ryerson Theater:



"An offshoot of the Trockadero Gloxinia Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo gave its first performance in New York in September of 1974 in a loft owned by the West Side Discussion Group, a Fourteenth Street homophile society. The Trocks made their first Toronto appearance in 1976 at Seneca College and have acquired a faithful following."

I count myself amongst that faithful group of followers, and hope the Trocks keep returning to Toronto for many more years.

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