Le Grand Pas de Quatre was a medley of a pas de deux (duet), pas de quarte and a solo. In the pas de quarte section, The Trocks filled the auditorium with laughter as the mallerinas performed a parody of the original choreography for the 4 greatest ballerinas of the romantic age. The unspoken tussle between the four dancers was comedic, if not an effervescent glimpse of reality. The moral of the story is that prima ballerinas should never be put together!
Finally, the highlight of this act would be the Dying Swan solo by Paul Ghiselin who played the swan princess in Le Lac des Cygnes. This solo was performed entirely en pointe (on toes) and it was fascinating how he managed to compress that many feathers in the tutu. Leaving a trail of white feathers behind, Paul Ghiselin’s was very much into his role. One is left impressed and although he has been playing this part for years, we are sure we would never want this swan to die.
Raymonda’s Wedding was The Trocks’ interpretation through and through. They ignored the intriguing elements of the plot and added a twist to it, presenting a happy ending instead. The most outstanding character would be the mallerina dressed in white with a hennin, moving on and off the stage en pointe.
Frisky and cheerful, the dances had exaggerated fumbling and acting. However, the dancers had such nifty and delicate footwork. As their beautiful bodices flow in full tutus and slender legs extend effortlessly, The Trocks are an incredible delight to watch. Not to mention, the passion of the dancers thoroughly shines through the breath taking choreography and superb execution of steps. The timely comedy is not excessive, captivating the audience and preventing them from getting bored.