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A Streetcar Named Desire

Trying to leave a troubled past behind her, fading southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella’s New Orleans apartment. Stella’s brutish husband Stanley sees that Blanche is not what she appears to be, and sets out to destroy her…

Date:
2012
Company:
Scottish Ballet
Director:
Nancy Meckler
Choreography:
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Set and costume design:
Niki Turner
Lighting Design:
Tim Mitchell
Photography:
Andy Ross
Awards:
Sky Arts Best Dance Production Award, Olivier Award Nominated

Reviews:

The score, most of it live from a band in the pit, some of it recorded atmospheric noise, is the chief motor of this Streetcar. Drawing on a range of styles, from polite wedding waltzes to juicy New Orleans jazz to Philip Glass-ish noodling, it doesn't just underpin the action but offers emotional pointers ahead of the game. A blind man would know where he was in the story. The climax, where the "Paper Moon" theme shatters into a pile-up of discordant shards, isn't just a stirring aural metaphor for the chaos in Blanche's head, you can imagine it really is the sound in her head.

Jenny Gilbert 29 Apr 2012 The Independent

The dancers were brilliantly served by Peter Salem’s atmospheric score, which blended elements of jazz, obsessive minimalist figures, dissonant crashes and keening string romance

Chris Waddington 5 Oct 2013 The Times Picayune
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