Magazine article Dance Magazine

Trock or Treat?

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Trock or Treat?

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TROCK OR TREAT? LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO JOYCE THEATER NEW YORK, NEW YORK AUGUST 14-27, 2000

Balanchine has a trust. So does Tudor. Is it too late to set one up for Peter Anastos so the precious romps he choreographed for those madcap cross-dressers, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, can be preserved? This all-male troupe, which burst upon New York City in 1974, added three works to its burgeoning repertoire for its Manhattan season, but nothing else on its two programs combined broad humor with sly satire as deftly as Anastos did in Go for Barocco, his spoof of Balanchine.

Yes, belly laughs were still regularly detonated, and slapstick was so death-defying that an Elizabeth Streb takeoff must surely be in the works, but for those who savored the company before Anastos departed, its current performances were like being repeatedly jabbed in the ribs instead of knowingly nudged. Everything was performed more broadly than necessary, including Barocco. (I don't recall its dancers jogging around the stage so fiercely before, although Balanchine certainly had elbows pumping in the men's corps during the finale of "Rubies" and at the entrance of the mixed corps of Symphony in Three Movements.) Watching Ida Nevasayneva in The Dying Swan shed a veritable blizzard of plumage at her entrance and mug from there on out was not as funny as watching an assoluta molt an occasional feather with deadpan hauteur; Anastos knew that any work that peaks at the start has nowhere else to go but down. …

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