- Written by Anne Campbell
- Published: 15 March 2019
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will share their passion for dance
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or “The Trocks,” have taken a playful approach to classical ballet since 1974. An all-male company, the Trocks have reveled in playing with gender roles and identity over the last 40+ years. One part parody and one part loving homage, The Trocks simultaneously honor the traditions of ballet with high-level performance while also poking fun at the conventions that define ballet. They will be coming to the area in preparation for a performance at the UMass Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, April 2, and have added a community workshop and dinner specifically for local LGBT elders while they are here.
Hillary Rathbun of the UMass Fine Arts Center (FAC) helped make the connection between the Trocks and Rainbow Elders. “When the FAC learned about the strong LGBT elder community here in the Pioneer Valley, we asked the Trocks if they would hold a workshop and dinner with the community, to be led by the Trockadero's ballet master. LifePath’s Rainbow Elders was the perfect group to facilitate the workshop.”
On Monday, April 1, The Trocks’ Raffaele Morra, Ballet Master, will lead a movement workshop with a ballet flavor. Dance training is not necessary, but participants should be willing to do their best to move around. Frequent breaks will be given and seating will be available for observers. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow movement to the floor and back up. The Trocks’ version of Anna Pavlova’s 1905 dance “The Swan” will be taught -- a piece of dance history with a comic touch!
Following the workshop, please join us for a community dinner with Mr. Morra (attendance at workshop not necessary).
All attendees of the workshop or dinner will also be invited to the concert on Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, as special guests of the Trocks!
Space is limited! Click here to register, or call 413-773-5555 x1242.
There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome and will be used to cover expenses for this and future Rainbow Elders events. The workshop and dinner are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. LifePath also thanks Rockridge Retirement Communities, The Arbors, University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, and host Greenfield Senior Center for their support of this event.
LGBTIQA : L=Lesbian, G=Gay, B=Bisexual, T=Transgender, I=Intersex, Q=Questioning and Queer, A = Asexual, Aromantic, Agender, and Allies