Known by some as Ballet for the Easily Bored, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Houston for an evening of high art and even higher hilarity. The group is made up of male dancers prancing in tutus parodying the sometimes lugubrious work of stiff master choreographers. Bulky yet graceful, the Trocks tackle an ambitious tableau with this program, including ChopEniana, a La Sylphide-inspired work that includes the corps sinking to the floor in graceful attitudes (some kneeling, others reclining). One dancer gets a bit too comfortable, curling up and going to sleep. The dancer alongside her discreetly taps her, to no avail. Her ever more frantic efforts finally result in a hard kick to the slumbering dancer.
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There’s also Go for Barocco, a slinky salute to ballet god George Balanchine's minimalism and a mystery pas de deux. The humor in the show comes not from the group's cross-dressing efforts but from the ultra-serious attitude with which it approaches the work. Karen Watassek, director of public relations for the Society for the Performing Arts, the organization hosting today's performance, says Les Ballets Trockadero is one of her favorite groups. ''People 'get' what they're doing,'' Watassek says. ''It's parody, but they really are classically trained dancers. They just do it with flair.'' 8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. $35 to $85.
Wed., April 17, 8 p.m., 2013