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The Trocks dance into Athens

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 25, 2006) -- Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The hilarious all-male ballet company combines technical skill and comic sensibility to create a buoyant and fun-filled evening for audiences of all ages.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a troupe of professional male dancers performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works from "Swan Lake" to "Giselle." Incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance achieve the comedy. The fact that men dance all the parts -- heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, sprites, princesses and Victorian ladies -- enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form.

Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered critical acclaim from The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Village Voice, establishing the company as an artistic and popular success.

Over the years, the show has developed into a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. The Trocks have participated in dance festivals in Holland, Madrid, New York, Paris, Spoleto, Turin and Vienna. Their frenzied annual schedule includes five tours to Australia and New Zealand, nineteen to Japan, eight to South America, three to South Africa and forty tours of Europe. In the United States, the company has performed in 48 of the 50 states, becoming a regular part of the college and university circuit. The show has appeared in over 500 cities worldwide.

Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office, open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance. For tickets or information, please call (740) 593-1780. The Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Ameriprise Financial and Hocking Valley Bank, lifetime supporter, sponsor this performance.

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Media Contact: Publicity Coordinator Sarah Peterson, (740) 593-0802 or ss230302@ohio.edu.

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