BALLET kelowna - A Streetcar named desire

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER  22, 2019

Ballet Kelowna, under the leadership of Simone Orlando, presents the power and passion of the full-length ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire. Choreographed by John Alleyne, for Ballet BC’s 2005/06 season, the Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic tells the story of two sisters - one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-WW2 life in America. Hailed as "an impressive achievement" (The Globe and Mail), this remount is dear to Orlando, who performed the principal role of Blanche Dubois during the 2006 world premiere in Vancouver. Experience nine Ballet Kelowna dancers supported by emerging artists from the Victoria Academy of Ballet perform this stunning work, set to the original jazz score by BC-based composer Tobin Stokes.

Choreography: John Alleyne Composer: Tobin Stokes
Length: 2 hours

Produced with the generous support of Ballet BC.

WHAT THE PRESS SAYS

Penticton Herald

J.P. Squire, 2018

Even though the two acts stretched to two hours, no one wanted this adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ greatest drama to end ...

Orlando, Alleyne and Turner have elevated A Streetcar Named Desire to what would seem like unattainable dance heights. It was not only a testament to endurance but enduring in its richness of character, its poignant themes that echo today’s headlines: shifting social mores; power and dominance; gender stereotyping; and politics.

Monday Magazine

Lexi Bainas, 2018

Ballet Kelowna’s A Streetcar Named Desire is a scintillating evening of passion and power, grace and grit! ... Choreographed by former Ballet BC Artistic Director John Alleyne, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic tells the story of two sisters — one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-Second World War life in America. Dancing as it does between present and past, between real-time New Orleans and old-world Mississippi, the work’s dreamlike transitions are well-suited to balletic interpretation. Considered Williams’s greatest drama, A Streetcar Named Desire explores poignant themes that echo today’s headlines: shifting social mores; power and dominance; gender stereotyping; and politics. Orlando says this presentation of Alleyne’s adaptation aligns with Ballet Kelowna’s mandate to encourage and promote the work of Canadian choreographers.