A Streetcar Named Desire
John Neumeier's narrative dramatic ballet based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.
The Estates TheatreApproximate running time
1 hour 55 minutes, 1 intermission (25 minutes) minutesPremiere
December 15, 2022
It is impossible to dance “the past”. In ballet the past must become visible present, which is why I start where the play ends and allow Blanche once again to show us her journey, through memories and madness, to the end of her own line.
A normal world, or insanity? Realistic expectations, or dreams that can’t come true? The heroes of the psychological drama A Streetcar Named Desire crave life, yet are thwarted by obstacles without and within. Sensitivity collides with brutality, vulnerability is considered weakness, and it would seem the next stop is the end station. Only desire for love remains…
The introduction of this title is an extremely important achievement in dramaturgy, as it is the very first time that the name of John Neumeier appears in the repertoire of the Czech National Ballet, which thus ranks among the world's major ensembles. The production will not only satisfy the audience's expectations and calls for dramatic work, but it will also offer a challenge for the soloists to deeply and tentatively develop their acting abilities. A native of Milwaukee, John Neumeier is a world-renowned American choreographer and the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, which he has been leading since 1973. Neumeier has created over 160 ballet works and collaborated with most of the major dance scenes around the world. He is best known as an excellent narrator.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a profound psychological story set in the South of the United States that follows the lives of Stella, her husband Stanley and her sister Blanche. This play has become one of the classics of American drama. John Neumeier was inspired by the story and created the ballet, which was first performed in 1983. The premiere of this production at the Estates Theatre will be a continuation of the dramaturgical line of intimate narrative titles of the world dance theater scene inspired by important literary masterpieces, such as the ballets Kafka: The Trial or Leonce & Lena.
WARNING: Violence is featured in the performance and gunshots will be heard during the performance.
Suitable for audience from 16 years.
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