Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor, and Antony Bassae made a big surprise happen in 1974 when they founded Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male ballet company, in New York City.
The “Trocks”, as its nickname of the company, first performed in the late-night shows, in Off-Off Broadway lofts. It has become well-known since a famous ballet critic of The New Yorker, Arlene Croce, reviewed their performance.
The Trocks concept is to perform the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works. They incorporate the exaggerations of ballet, the comedy intended to show off the performers’ technical skills, and underlying differences of serious dance. The dancers characterize both male and female roles, whose heavy bodies dancing on pointe, to enhance the spirit of dance as an art form.
The Trocks has been touring around the world, with continued success in many major cities. With thirty four years experiences, The Trocks continues its original purpose “to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience.”, because it’s almost impossible to have, and it’s impossible to forget!
Story source from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Photograph from Arts Beat | New York Times