I noticed the other day that a “different” ballet company would be performing in our area, and I really thought I might want to get some tickets to see a performance – especially since the company consisted of ALL MEN! However, I quickly changed my mind after watching a few videos online. The company is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and the men all wear tutus and toe shoes.
Yes, you heard me right. Without offending anyone, it’s a bit like a ballet company made up of…dare I say it?…transvestites! I understand the “Trocks” have been around for more than three decades and some call them “sophisticated.” They are funny…at least for a while…and I can see why they have been dubbed a “world-wide phenomenon,” but I’m not sure I could sit through several hours of watching them do parodies of classical ballets.
From what I can tell, when they aren’t trying to be funny by falling off their toe shoes and on their heavily made-up faces, they have great technical dance skill. So, I do give them that; they are great dancers. They also have impeccable comic timing. It is humorous to see hairy-chested men dancing in tights, tulle, tutus, and toe shoes, and playing the roles of ballerinas with huge egos – at least for a short while. They do make some amazing divas, that’s for sure! And they do a great job en pointe.
That said, I’m not exactly sure what they are trying to accomplish, and speaking from the perspective of the mother of a male dancer, I’m not sure they are helping any stereotypes about male dancers. In fact, I think they might be perpetuating them if not fostering them. How can they not? When you see a group of male ballet dancers parading around in women’s ballet wear and make up and dancing women’s roles, don’t you just have to wonder if they aren’t convincing people that all male dancers are gay (or closet transvestites) – not that many people need convincing?
We recently had an issue with a parent feeling concern about Julian being inappropriate with their young son, basically only because he is a male dancer. He’s friends with their daughter, who is a dancer. On the one hand, they think he and their daughter have a romantic attraction. On the other hand, they think Julian is gay and don’t want him hugging their son or rough housing with him. (Go figure…) Anyway, if he wasn’t a dancer, do you think there would be any issue? I seriously doubt it.
So, while I get that the Trocks may seem funny to some, I really don’t think they are helping our dancin’ guys out much at all. Which is why you won’t see me spending my money on a ticket to their Northern California show.