|Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with the Company in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Andy Ross.|
This week is a biggie for me.. Scottish Ballet's production of A Streetcar Named Desire comes to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre between Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st March. Having been lucky enough to be invited to see the show at a bloggers' event last night, I can tell you that it's as beautiful and as enigmatic as you can possibly imagine..
Now, I'm no stranger to Scottish Ballet productions. In the past, I've seen Sleeping Beauty (review here) and Romeo & Juliet (review here); but A Streetcar Named Desire is the production I've been desperate to see the most.. A story I have fond memories of studying at school, with one of my favourite teachers instilling a passion for the English language in me through its teachings, it's possibly one of my favourites of all time. For all those unfamiliar with the plot, the story by Tennessee Williams features Blanche DuBois; a fallen woman clutching to her riches and her worn-away fantasies while she declines into eventual madness (with many catalysts in between!).
Perhaps it's the intriguing contrast between the rugged brutal Stanley and the delicate moth-like Blanche that captivates me so much, but it really is a fantastic story. I would read it again in a heartbeat. If you're unfamiliar with the plot, you can find out more here.
|One of the Scottish Ballet soloist dancers; Luciana Ravizzi, with one of Blanche DuBois' costumes|
Scottish Ballet's interpretation of the story was incredibly captivating. I found it so emotional to watch; afterwards Terri was even like "Laura's a broken woman!".. so true. One thing that struck me is the way that they have managed to tell such a quotable story purely through dance (well, with just one infamous one word shout that you can probably guess if you know the story beforehand..!). As explained by Luciana Ravizzi (soloist dancer in Scottish Ballet) in our Q&A beforehand, this is something they worked together on with theatre producers (who were more experienced with the play version of the story) to really ensure the dance told the story; "if a particularly movement doesn't make sense to the story, it is gone". Every little thing was beautifully included; with even a bonus opening scene (that part is more alluded to when you read the story on paper or see the play). I love how the metaphors were transferred into the production; the relationship with light and colour, in co-ordination with Blanche's mind-set. We were told about how the darkening colour of Blanche's dresses throughout was deliberate, for example. Something to look out for if you go see the show! 100% my favourite production I've seen by Scottish Ballet, quite honestly.
|Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Andy Ross.|
"After all, a woman's charm is fifty percent illusion." - Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire.
|Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with Company dancers in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Andy Ross.|
"I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth." - Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
"I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action." - Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Want to come along and experience the magic? A Streetcar Named Desire will be showing at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh between Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st March 2015, before continuing on to London and the USA. Full tour details are here.
To book the Edinburgh date, call the booking line on 0131 529 6000 or book via the website. Tickets start from £10 for special student & under 26 rates.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary ticket to see A Streetcar Named Desire at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Wednesday 18th March. However, all views are my own and I have not been sponsored to write this post.