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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

with the Naples Philharmonic

Hayes Hall

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
© Sascha Vaughan
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
© Zoran Jelenic
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
© Zoran Jelenic
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
© Zoran Jelenic
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
© Sascha Vaughan
Feb 11, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
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Event

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

with the Naples Philharmonic
Artis—Naples Dance Series


Radu Paponiu, conductor

Tchaikovsky — Swan Lake: Act II
Pugni — La Esmeralda
Saint-Saëns — Dying Swan
Minkus — Paquita


“This is a company that brings its audiences pure joy.” — The Seattle Times

The world's foremost all-male comic ballet company takes Hayes Hall stage to perform classic ballet like only the Trocks can. Opening with Swan Lake: Act II, the Trocks head straight for the challenge—and bring it—with great technique and great comedy! Then, they tell the story of the gypsy girl, Esmeralda saved by Quasimodo from Pugni’s La Esmeralda. All eyes will then turn to the solo performance of Saint-Saëns’ Dying Swan, followed by Paquita, about another gypsy girl—this one unaware she is really of noble birth and had been abducted by gypsies as an infant.


Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe. The doors to Hayes Hall open 90 minutes prior to this performance.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker and combined with reviews in The New York Times and The Village Voice, established the company as an artistic and popular success. By mid-1975, the Trocks’ inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, was being noted in publications well beyond New York.

Since those beginnings, the Trocks have established themselves as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. And the original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo has not changed. It is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts–heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies — enhances (rather than mocks) the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences.

Radu Paponiu

Radu Paponiu


Radu Paponiu is the Associate Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, having previously served for two years as Assistant Conductor, and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. During the 2018-19 season, he conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly 20 different classical, education and pops programs.

Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, he was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. For two consecutive summers, Radu furthered his studies in conducting at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado, where he worked with Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu has completed both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett.

Radu has appeared as guest conductor for concerts with the Naples Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and participated in a conducting workshop with the New World Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. He has served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York, and he has also served as cover conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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