The infamous Los Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male ballet ensemble, hit the stage running in Tel Aviv with a tongue-in-cheek rendition of “Swan Lake.” Dance critic Ruth Eshel wrote a fantastically matter-of-fact piece about the performance and took note of the company’s history. (The group started as a large-scale nose-thumbing at classical Russian ballet that, as Eshel writes, soon solidified into the Trockadero company.)

Eshel points to the influence of not only George Balanchine in the Trock’s “Swan Lake” but to classical modern favors as well. “Les Ballets Trockadero sends its barbs at classical ballet but also at influential American choreographer Merce Cunningham, and the result makes you laugh so hard you fall out of your chair,” she writes.

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