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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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The Obama administration plan to improve the United States’ relationship with Russia, but not just through bureaucratic means. The U.S. State Department will provide support for Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performances in the International Chekhov Festival in Moscow, where the company will perform three well-known Cunningham works on June 14 – 16.

The trip is part of what is being called the legacy tour, undertaken to commemorate the death of Merce Cunningham, an internationally acclaimed modern dance pioneer, in 2009. “Biped,” “Xover” and “RainForest” will be performed and the State Department will assist an online project that will catalogue the process of creating “RainForest.” A series of educational programs, including a film series and a workshop from the company, will accompany the performances.

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