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Duke Arts Presents

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
(The Trocks)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Carolina Theatre of Durham

Tickets for the Trocks at the Carolina Theatre are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-560-3030, and in person at the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 309 W. Morgan Street, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

$10 Duke student tickets are now on sale. Duke student tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office on the top level of the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus, Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo comes with its own tagline: “The World’s Foremost All-Male Comic Ballet Company.” Affectionately known as the Trocks, the company is a small but stalwart corps de ballet that has been “dragging” the classical ballet canon since the mid-1970s, when it got its start performing late-night shows in loft apartments across New York’s Off-Off Broadway circuit. Whether in Harlequinade or Swan Lake, the Trocks use gender-bending performance to place a tight lens on ballet’s inherent theatrics, employing comedy and camp to tease the technical rigor underpinning it all. As the company commands the Carolina Theatre stage with pomp and circumstance, it also commands us as audiences — humorously, lovingly — to ponder our assumptions about gender and our collective understanding of who tells the stories we have come to accept as canonical, and how.

The Trocks is a co-presentation of Duke Performances & The Carolina Theatre of Durham. The 2019/20 season's "Ballet Futures" initiative is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"What else can you do but love these men who simply love ballet classics so much that they’ve made them palatable for everyone, dance lover and novice alike."

DC Metro Theater Arts