Anthony Bassae

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company

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After performing with The Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company, Anthony Bassae co-founded Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. As a dancer with the Les Ballets Trockadero, he used the stage name Tamara Karpova. Former dance critic for the New Yorker called Bassae, “a great ballerina.” He passed away in 1985.

Tory Dorbin, artistic director of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, said of Bassae, “There was Antony Bassae who was ‘the black rhinestone of the Russian ballet,’ who was a big burly black guy who said, no joking, do it totally seriously and the jokes will come from the seriousness.”

Sources:

Drag Ballet: Can Men Make It In a Women’s World?, The New York Times 
10 Questions for Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carloe’s leader Tory Dobrin, The Arts Desk

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