Ballets

A Streetcar Named Desire

Ballet by Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa after Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name

Approx. running time 2 h 15 min, one intermission

Ballet by Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa after Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name

World premiere on April 11, 2012 at Scottish Ballet
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on November 4, 2017

Director: Nancy Meckler (USA/UK)
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Belgium/Holland)
Scenario: Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music and sound: Peter Salem (UK)
Conductor: Kaspar Mänd

Designer: Niki Turner (UK)
Lighting Designer: Tim Mitchell (UK)

 

For the 65th anniversary year of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play (1947), Scottish Ballet presented a vibrant new take on “A Streetcar Named Desire”, collaborating with international choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and theatre and film director Nancy Meckler to create a powerful infusion of drama and dance with Estonian dancer Eve Mutso as one of the leading characters.

Eve Mutso: “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a special production, as it was created by a choreographer and theatre director. It is not based on a fairy-tale, but one of the most outstanding plays of the 20th century. Blanche is the most complex role I have created, dancing her has been a great challenge. There is something about the production that makes it relevant today – Scottisch Ballet has brought it back to its repertoire several times and I will guest in the role on their American tour in 2017.”

Nancy Meckler: “When Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and I began working on “A Streetcar Named Desire”, we were inspired when we learnt that Tennessee Williams had thought of calling the play “The Moth”, suggesting a delicate creature attracted to the heat of a flame. This led us to our first image of a vulnerable, bright young woman reaching and trying to touch a lightbulb suspended over her head, a light which represents desire, a light which can also burn and kill her. Her story is related gradually in the play but it became apparent that ballet would allow us to tell all of Blanche’s history. We introduce Blanche Dubois as a young girl and are able to follow her through all the trauma, which leaves her a desperate alcoholic, with nowhere to turn. By the time she gets to New Orleans intent on staying with her sister, we are clued in to her dilemma. We are taking Williams’ play as a starting point and an inspiration. Exploring his tale through the language of dance invites us to go inside the characters’ heads and express their deepest desires, dreams, and fears. Blanche’s inner life is brimming with fantasy and harsh memory, invisible in a play, but in this case, visible and expressed through dance.”

The production is not suitable for children under 14.

Cast:

Blanche: Anna Roberta, Laura Maya, Ketlin Oja, Madeline Skelly
Stanley: Ali Urata, Joel Calstar- Fisher, William Newton
Stella: Lena Scherer, Ana Maria Gergely, Marta Navasardyan
Mitch: Sergei Upkin, Anatole Blaineau, Finn Adams, Leonardo Celegato
Alan: Marcus Nilson, Jevgeni Grib, Cristiano Principato, Samuel Parham, Joel Calstar- Fisher
Jeff: Anatole Blaineau, Leonardo Celegato, Cristiano Principato
Two Drunks / Poker Players: Hidetora Tabe, Connor Williams, Jan Trninic, Antonio Gallo, Samuel Parham, Anatole Blaineau, Benjamin Pierce, Andrea Porro, Sacha Barber
Shep Huntleigh: Ali Urata, Erik Thordal - Christensen, Joel Calstar-Fisher, Finn Adams
Valet / Newsboy: Nikos Gkentsef, Pol Monsech, Luca Giovanetti, Leonardo Celegato
Young Blanche: Karina Laura Leškin, Lena Scherer, Anthea van der Ham
Cabaret girls: Lena Scherer, Oksana Saar, Anthea van der Ham, Phillipa McCann, Karina Laura Leškin, Anett Obolenski, Ashley Chiu, Karite- Mirell Mander, Marianna Odinets
Maitre D: Nikos Gkentsef, Leonardo Celegato, Jan Trninic, Andrea Porro
Bowling players, wedding guests, traveling merchants, sailors, etc. Dancers of the Estonian National Ballet

Conductor

Kaspar Mänd

Stage Director

Nancy Meckler

Designer

Niki Turner

Lighting

Tim Mitchell

Choreographer

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Assistant to the Stage Director

Luis Rolando Torres Ortiz

Stage manager

Anton Osul

Music and Sound

Peter Salem