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Stage

Hot Tickets: Les Ballets Trockadero dances tonight

By JOHN FLEMING
Published February 17, 2005


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, celebrating its 30th anniversary of sending up ballet, received a nice love letter from critic Joan Acocella in the New Yorker recently. "The Trocks are very sophisticated," Acocella wrote of the all-male company. "What they are doing is a carefully thought-out comedy about the history of women in ballet: how ballet ennobled what might seem fatuous in femininity (e.g., those dinky hand gestures); how it also gave women athletic power (e.g., those grands jetes); how, through these means, it posited the female as an emblem of the ideal."

Artistic director Tory Dobrin put the troupe's point succinctly when he told the New York Daily News: "We're kind of selling ourselves as an old, dusty touring Russian ballet company that the modern age doesn't have anymore."

The Trocks perform at 8 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $30-$40. 727 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com

- JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic

A visit to "Stonewall Jackson's House"

Fresh! Live! Theatre Company stages the Tampa Bay premiere of Stonewall Jackson's House this weekend. Ka-Rim D. Troyli and David Hemphill are in the cast of Jonathan Reynolds' play about what happens when a black woman leading a tour through the one-time home of the Confederate general suddenly asks a white couple if she can be their slave. "This shocking moment springboards the play into an assault on all that is deemed politically correct," according to a press release. Steve Mountan directed the production that opens Friday and runs through March 6 at the Music and Theatre Galaxy, 8045 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 528-3769.

- JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic

[Last modified February 16, 2005, 15:05:02]


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