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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO APPEAR AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013 AT 8PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2013 – The sight of large male bodies stuffed into tutus while delicately balancing en pointe is just the beginning of the fun of watching Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, better known as “The Trocks.” These talented dancers, playing both male and female roles, bring an entertaining evening of classical ballet with a hilarious twist to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. This performance is the final event of the 2012-2013 Great Performances at Mason season atthe Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
The program features “ChopEniana,” an “abstract” classical ballet without narrative structure and defined characters, set to music by Chopin. The evening also features “Go for Barocco,” a piece set to Bach, inspired by works by Balanchine; as well as “Walpurgis Night,” a piece inspired by the Bolshoi Ballet’s revered work, “Valpurgeyeva Noch,” set to music by Charles Gounod. The company will also perform a pas de deux or a modern work, to be announced.
Starting in 1974 as a playful diversion for passionate ballet enthusiasts in New York, The Trocks quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, and now audiences across the globe can’t get enough of the dancers’ graceful movement, hilarious wit, frilly tutus and man-sized toe shoes as these gifted artists – who use such hilarious Russian-inspired stage names as Maya Thickenthighya, Ida NevaSayNeva and Natalie Kleptopovska – perform such classics from the ballet canon as “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote” and “Giselle” with equal parts comedy, grace and technical prowess. Though the dancers of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are poking fun, they are doing so with excellent form and skill, making the ensemble’s performances a delight for dance aficionados and newcomers alike. Throughout its almost 40-year history, the ensemble has performed on countless stages and at festivals worldwide in more than 34 countries and more than 500 cities; has been featured in New Yorker, The New York Times, Variety and Vogue Magazine, among others; and has appeared on numerous television shows and specials, including “The Dick Cavett Show,” “What’s My Line?” and “The Muppet Babies.” For many years, the ensemble has appeared in benefits for international AIDS organizations, including Dancers Responding to AIDS, Classical Action and Dancers for Life, as well as events for numerous ballet companies and LGBT organizations.
Tickets for LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO are $24, $40 and $48. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.