Rebels on Pointe
True North | True North
Their first show was on September 9, 1974, at a second-story loft on 14th street, in the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Since then, all-male drag troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo have been delighting audiences around the world, performing, among other things, Swan Lake as Tchaikovsky never imagined it in his famously feverish dreams. In size 11 toe shoes, the Trocs send up the high art and formality of classical ballet, fashioning a spectacle that is entertaining as hell in the process.
Director Bobbi Jo Hart has made a career of documenting the lives and exploits of exceptional people: a virtuoso piano prodigy, Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team and the international Women’s Tennis Tour. In this very enjoyable film she shares the rich archival history of this iconoclastic collective as well as some stunning contemporary performance footage. Born in the wake of the Stonewall Riots, the Trocs have long been a gay touchstone and a safe refuge for the especially fabulous. The company’s progress from slapstick preposterous to fully phenomenal is a joy to observe. Best of all, we get to know the international ballerinos who make up the company today while enjoying their satiric wit and outré virtuosity.