Brace yourselves. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is coming back to Toronto. The all-male dance company has been around since 1974, and their wild take on classical ballet has been making audiences laugh and cheer ever since.
I spoke to Laszlo Major, a recent recruit to the company. The sexy Hungarian says he looks forward to his first visit to Toronto. The closest he's been was Kitchener, with one of the other ballet companies to which he belongs. Now he tours with Les Trockadero and maintains a busy schedule. "Touring is one of the hardest parts. I enjoy travelling, but it's hard on the body, and you still have to perform the next day."
Laszlo sounds like a born dancer. "I started dancing late, at age 14, but when I got to ballet school, I finally felt like I found my crowd." Finding the Trocks made an even deeper impression. "I like to perform as a male dancer, but I also wanted to perform in make-up and do the pointe work." The Trocks offered that opportunity. "In the Trocks, there's plenty of pointe work."
I noticed that in many photographs the dancers don't shave their armpits, and then Laszlo also made mention of a photograph of him applying make-up with a bushy chest. "I'm not really the ballerina type. When I put on make-up, I look like a guy in make-up, so I do lots of male roles. I'm going to be shirtless in Toronto, by the way. But some of the others really transform, and even live like ballerinas. I'm more chill about this. I like to do men stuff. I drink beer."
The most surprising part of the interview was when Laszlo declared that the Trocks are "perfect for kids, to introduce them to theatre. Theatre can be really boring, so I think it's nice when it's entertaining for people. Sometimes, kids dance throughout the show."
But mostly, it's about the camaraderie and the creativity. "Everyone has a different character. We have 16 people in the company but there are 500 personalities." That stage is going to be so crowded, yet lots of fun.
Feb 10th &11th 2017. The Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets: $35 - $115 • $150 VIP ticket includes Meet and Greet with The Trocks.
To purchase tickets visit ticketmaster.ca