The Schaefer Center Presents performance series will continue its 2017-18 season with a show by the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
Last seen in Boone in 2000, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo return to present their playful view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form. For more than 40 years, the Trocks, as they are called, have been performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works with a company of professional male dancers.
The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents and underlying incongruities of serious dance. Men dance all the parts, so heavy bodies delicately balance on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses and angst-ridden Victorian ladies.
OUT @ the Movies will screen Bobbi Jo Hart’s documentary film about the company and its dancers, “Rebels on Pointe,” in Winston-Salem on Feb. 11. (See Best Bets on page D8.) It explores themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love. The film juxtaposes behind-the-scenes access, archives and history, intimate character-driven stories and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan.
The Trocks have participated in dance festivals in Turkey, Bogota, Holland, Finland, San Luis Potosi, Madrid, Montreal, New York City, Paris, Lyon, Rome, Spoleto, Turin and Vienna. There have been television appearances as varied as a Shirley MacLaine special, the “Dick Cavett Show,” “What’s My Line?” “Real People,” “On-Stage America,” with Kermit and Miss Piggy on their show “Muppet Babies,” and a BBC Omibus special on the world of ballet hosted by Jennifer Saunders. There have been solo specials on national networks in Japan and Germany, as well as a French television special with Julia Migenes.
All performances are at 7 p.m. at The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
- Feb. 27: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond. Fiddling duo blend traditional heritage with taste for the contemporary.
- March 16: Golden Dragon Acrobats. The Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques.
- April 13-15: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The show’s Broadway premiere received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This is a production of Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Hayes School of Music.
- April 20: Black Violin. Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus use their style of classical, hip-hop, rock and pop to create a high energy backed by drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS. Black Violin delivers a show that encourages people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to overcome barriers and find what brings us together.
The Schaefer Center Presents is presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.