Scottish Ballet World Premiere Tour | A Streetcar Named Desire

February 15, 2012

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Scottish Ballet World Premiere Tour | A Streetcar Named Desire

Sponsored by Adam & Company

Direction Nancy Meckler

Choreography Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music Peter Salem

Design Niki Turner

Lighting Design Tim Mitchell

Touring Glasgow / Edinburgh / London / Aberdeen / Inverness / Belfast April – May 2012

Tama Barry as Stanley and Eve Mutso as Blanche. Photograph by Graham Wylie

Tama Barry as Stanley and Eve Mutso as Blanche. Photograph by Graham Wylie

In the 65th anniversary year of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Scottish Ballet presents a brand new production of A Streetcar Named Desire sponsored by Adam & Company, the first of two world premiere pieces from Scotland’s national dance company in 2012.

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.

In a production set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by award-winning composer Peter Salem, Scottish Ballet continues to push the boundaries of modern ballet in a first time collaboration with both a theatre and film director (Nancy Meckler) and choreographer (Annabelle Lopez Ochoa).

“Coming into the world of dance from a theatre background is a new and thrilling adventure,” says Nancy. “I have hugely enjoyed the process of working with Annabelle to explore exciting ways to re-imagine Tennessee Williams’ passionate story through the imagery of dance.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to translate this incredible story about desires into dance movement,” continues Annabelle. “From the moment I first read A Streetcar Named Desire, I knew I wanted to make it into a ballet. It is a wonderful challenge to reinterpret the intense drama and complex psychology of the characters, and the chemistry of the collaboration is incredible.”

Nancy, Artistic Director for Shared Experience Theatre, has previously directed for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company amongst others, and on Broadway and in the West End. She has also directed two feature films – Sister My Sister and Alive and Kicking. Annabelle is an award-winning choreographer and has made works for Dutch National Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders and more, and recently created choreography for international fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. This joint collaboration with Nancy and Annabelle promises a powerful infusion of drama and dance, and will be set to a brand new jazz score, played live by the Scottish Ballet orchestra, from composer Peter Salem whose most recent work included the music for critically acclaimed three-part BBC drama Five Daughters. This brand new production for Scottish Ballet will also feature striking vintage styled costumes and an atmospheric stripped back yet powerful set from designer Niki Turner.

The intention behind this collaborative project was to attempt to approach narrative from an alternative starting point, and to examine how the different energy of a theatre director might trigger a new reaction from the dancers,” explains Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Ashley Page.

“Having previously seen Nancy’s work with her own company, Shared Experience, it was clear to me that she was very interested in the physical side of drama, and in looking at how you can say things with movement in a way that is sometimes more expressive and more evocative than with words.

“Annabelle is a choreographer who has worked in many genres across the theatre, and her experience with actors as well as with dancers ideally places her to work alongside Nancy to bring this evocative drama to life in a new way.”

A Streetcar Named Desire is sponsored by private bank Adam & Company, a relationship established in 2009 and one that continues to grow and develop.

“In this Year of Creative Scotland, we are delighted to be bringing to audiences in Scotland and beyond this bold new interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ revered work,” commented Scottish Ballet Chief Executive / Executive Producer Cindy Sughrue. “A Streetcar Named Desire is not only a collaboration of creativity but once more sees Scottish Ballet partner with Adam & Company, a respected Scottish financial institution whose continuing commitment to supporting the arts is to be applauded. We look forward to working with them again as we embark on this creative journey.”

Graham Storrie, Managing Director of Adam & Company said: “Adam & Company is delighted to be continuing its sponsorship of Scottish Ballet and to be further developing our partnership for this production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

“As with all of our sponsorships that have charitable status, we feel that it is important to provide our support, particularly in such challenging economic times, so that we can help preserve this wonderful art for future generations and enable outstanding work to be produced and performed.

“Simultaneously, it is important for us to be able to thank our clients for their support and provide access to bespoke rehearsals and productions and our association with Scottish ballet is an excellent way of achieving this.”

In this spirit of collaboration, Scottish Ballet will join forces with National Galleries Scotland for Desire; an innovative performance project that explores what participants and audiences desire from dance. Choreographed and created by talented students from Telford College and Broughton High School, the performance will be inspired by the themes of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and The Sculpture Show – a celebration of sculpture in its many forms currently exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and featuring work by artists ranging from Degas to Damien Hirst. The resulting performances will be unveiled at two free performances on Saturday 24 March at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.*

Scottish Ballet presents a range of opportunities to find out more about the themes and making of this brand new production through its Get Closer activities. Hear about the making of A Streetcar Named Desire direct from members of Scottish Ballet’s Artistic and Music staff at a range of free pre-show talks throughout the tour; discover the inspiration behind the choreography, music and designs and watch the Company taking class on stage by attending an Insight event, or give way to temptation at Ballet Café: Are You Tempted? – an indulgent afternoon of all things A Streetcar Named Desire where participants can stretch themselves with an energetic beginners’ ballet session before relaxing with tempting refreshments and listening to behind the scenes tales of our production.*

This season Scottish Ballet also introduces a season of new evening talks from HQ at Tramway; the first of which takes place at 6.45pm on Tuesday 20 March with A Streetcar Named Desire director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.*  And continuing Scottish Ballet’s successful webcast series join the Company live online on Thursday 29 March for an illuminating panel discussion with Nancy, Annabelle, Ashley and Principal dancer Tama Barry who will be exploring the creation of this new work ahead of its world premiere, and will be taking questions from the audience, both in the studio and online.  Questions can be asked in advance by emailing heather.crumley@scottishballet.co.uk or tweeting @scottishballet / #SBstreetcar.

Tama Barry as Stanley and Eve Mutso as Blanche. Photograph by Graham Wylie.

Tama Barry as Stanley and Eve Mutso as Blanche. Photograph by Graham Wylie.

*Please see Listings below for booking details

Additional notes

Nancy Meckler is Artistic Director for Shared Experience Theatre for which she has directed many productions including Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae, Orestes, Mother Courage and with co-director Polly Teale, Mill on the Floss and War and Peace. Aristo will be her third play by Martin Sherman, the other two being an adaptation of A Passage to India for Shared Experience and Rose, with Olympia Dukakis, for the National Theatre and on Broadway. As Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre she directed Uncle Vanya and Buried Child as well as Sufficient Carbohydrate and Dusa Fish Stas and Vi, both transferring to the West End. During three years as Associate Director for Leicester Haymarket her productions included The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Baal, The Hypochondriac, Electra/Orestes. She has directed new plays for the Bush, Royal Court and the Almeida. Her work for the National Theatre includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Abingdon Square (Soho Poly transfer). More recently for the RSC she has directed Comedy of Errors, House of Desires, and Romeo and Juliet, and she recently directed Onassis in the West End with Robert Lindsay. Her two feature films were Sister My Sister and Alive and Kicking (screenplay by Martin Sherman).

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance studies at the Royal Ballet Academy of Antwerp, Belgium. As a professional dancer, she appeared with various companies in Germany before joining in 1993, the modern-jazz dance company Djazzex based in The Hague. In 1997, she joined the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, where she danced as a soloist for 7 years, and in 2003, she decided to focus her creative energies entirely to choreography.

Annabelle has created works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, State Modern Ballet Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theatre Chicago, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet and Ballet Hispanico.

Annabelle also creates for theatre and opera, and recently for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van GoghMuseum. She belongs to dance theatre collective De Fantasten with whom she created two full-length pieces which have been performed in theatres and at festivals throughout the Netherlands.

The critically acclaimed Before After which Annabelle created for the Dutch National Ballet in 2002 has been performed at the Dance Passion Festival in the Netherlands, the New York Fall for Dance Festival, the Houston Dance Salad Festival, the 2007 Orange County Fall for Dance Festival, the 2010 Murcia Gala (Spain) and throughout Sweden by the Gothenburg Ballet.

Annabelle has won several choreography prizes; in 2002 with Clair/Obscur at the Hannover’s Choreographers competition and in 2003 the first prize and public’s prize with Replay at the International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem. In 2007, she was selected to participate with the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute, and in 2009, her pieces Zip Zap Zoom (BJM-Danse Montreal) and Nube Blanco (Luna Negra Dance Theater) were included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year.

Her piece One, created for independent artist Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk has been acquired by Christopher Wheeldon’s Company Morphoses and presented at Sadlers’ Wells in London, Vail and New York City Centre in 2008 as well as at the Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Titas Gala in Cincinatti and on the YAPG tour to Mexico. In 2010, Annabelle reworked the duet ONE into a quartet especially for Jacob’s Pillow Festival.

LISTINGS

Evening Talk: A Q&A session with A Streetcar Named Desire director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Tuesday 20 March 2012 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Scottish Ballet, Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow

£4 per ticket / £6 per couple

To book, email classes.educ@scottishballet.co.uk. Places allocated on a first come first served basis.

Desire – a special performance project with the National Galleries Scotland

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Saturday 24 March, 11am, 12 noon

Free; please contact 0131 624 6200 for further booking details

Live Online Webcast

Thursday 29 March 7pm

Tune in to Socttish Ballet’s website

An illuminating panel discussion on A Streetcar Named Desire. Director Nancy Meckler, choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Ashley Page and Principal dancer Tama Barry will be exploring the creation of this bold new work ahead of its world premiere, and will be taking questions from the audience online.

Scottish Ballet presents A Streetcar Named Desire, sponsored by Adam & Company

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Wed 11 – Sat 14 April 2012 

Evenings 11-14 April – 7.30pm

Matinee 14 April – 2pm

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm Thu 12 April with Artistic Staff and Fri 13 April with Music staff. Call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Sat 14 April at 11am. Tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Ballet Café Saturday 14 April @ 2pm, tickets £10 to book contact education@scottishballet.co.uk / 0141 331 6285

Tickets from £10-£35. Discounts available – please contact box office.

Box office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee)

 

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 

Wed 18 – Sat 21 April 2012

Evenings 18-21 April – 7.30pm

Matinee 21 April – 2pm

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on Thu 19 April with Artistic Staff and Fri 20 April with Music staff. Call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Sat 21 April at 11am. Tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Ballet Café Saturday 21 April @ 2pm, tickets £10 to book contact education@scottishballet.co.uk / 0141 331 6285

Tickets from £12-£37.50. Discounts available – please contact box office.

Box office 0131 529 6000 (bkg fee)

 

Sadler’s Wells, London 

Thu 26 – Sat 28 April 2012 – 7.30pm

Free pre-show talk at 6.30pm on Thu 26 April. Call box office to reserve tickets.

Tickets from £12-£40. Discounts available – please contact box office.

Box office 0844 412 4300 (bkg fee)

 

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Wed 2 – Sat 5 May 2012

Evenings 2-5 May – 7.30pm

Matinee 5 May – 2pm

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on Thu 3 May with Artistic Staff and Fri 4 May with Music staff. Call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Sat 5 May at 11am. Tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Ballet Café Saturday 5 May @ 2pm, tickets £10 to book contact education@scottishballet.co.uk / 0141 331 6285

Tickets from £13.50-£29.50. Discounts available – please contact box office.

Box office 01224 641122 (bkg fee)

 

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Wed 9 – Sat 12 May 2012

Evenings 9 -12 May – 7.30pm

Matinee 12 May – 2pm

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm on Thu 3 May with Artistic Staff and Fri 4 May with Music staff. Call box office to reserve tickets.

Insight (for ages 14+) on Sat 5 May at 11am. Tickets £5.50/concessions £3.50.

Ballet Café Saturday 12 May @ 2pm, tickets £10 to book contact education@scottishballet.co.uk / 0141 331 6285

Tickets £17-£26.50. Discounts available – please contact box office.

Box office 01463 234 234 (bkg fee)

 

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Wed 16 – Sat 19 May 2012

Evenings 16 – 19 May – 7.30pm

Matinee 19 May – 2pm

Booking Opens February 2012 please contact Box Office on 028 9024 1919 for further details

 

Watch a behind the scenes video of the filming of the photoshoot

 

 

A Streetcar Named Desire is sponsored by Adam & Company

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