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REVIEW: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO

PUBLISHED: 13:23 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:13 14 October 2010

ALL-MALE New York based drag-ballet company Les Trocks are more than blokes in tutus. They wear pointe shoes as well. And are technically brilliant. After strutting the

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO, Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2

ALL-MALE New York based drag-ballet company Les Trocks are more than blokes in tutus.

They wear pointe shoes as well. And are technically brilliant.

After strutting their stuff in 2008, this even funnier instalment shows them satirising Les Sylphides, sending up the Dying Swan, complete with moulting tutu and literally rocking Raymonda's Wedding.

But rather than be insulted, Michael Fokine, Marius Petipa et al - the great visionaries of the past - would surely approve the dazzling showmanship, accomplished choreography and soft lighting.

Bursting with funny moments - the corps de ballet falling over, the head sylph's chest hair, a henpecked prince and divine diva outbursts - Les Trocks had the audience guffawing.

But with all the best comedy comes a dose of pathos, while our dragerinas might deride Anna Pavlova, at the same time they love her and want to be her. So there.

My only gripe, the shot at contemporary dance Patterns in Space is funny, but I would like to see more staring into the distance and asymmetric headscarves.

Give second rate cabaret a miss, Les Trocks are the real artistes.

- NATASHA HOTSON


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