After a long weekend of three gut-wrenching performances by The Scottish Ballet company, we wished the company a fond farewell yesterday afternoon.
A Streetcar Named Desire brilliantly translated the heartbreaking narrative of the original Pulitzer prize-winning play into just over two hours of brilliant choreography and staging. Directed by Nancy Meckler and featuring the choreography of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the ballet piece chronicles the moments leading up to Blanche’s demise – including one of the more spectacular moments of theatrical stagecraft ever witnessed on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.
Appoximently 20 minutes into the performance, the Belle Reve plantation backdrop the audience had come to accept as a constant is unceremoniously destroyed as Blanche is left with nothing. The romanticized world of Blanche’s childhood is left destroyed. The pile of bricks is then utilized throughout the show to build the shoddy scenes of New Orleans (motel, club, bowling alley, Stanley’s apartment).
The ballet was a truly spectacular piece of dance theater that Los Angeles is sure to be talking about for a long time. Not to mention, the Scottish Ballet sure had a blast in sunny Los Angeles.
If you missed the performance, make sure you mark your calendars for the next Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center presentation in June, with Tchaikovsky by Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. This grand artistic ballet explores the intriguing life and creative drive of the composer. Set to Tchaikovsky’s most popular pieces and choreographed by Boris Eifman, the ballet showcases characters from Tchaikovsky’s work who materialize as demons, fairies and other fantastical characters, pushing and pulling the composer from torment to the brink of ecstasy. Performances are June 23 & 24, 2017 at 7:30PM and on June 25,2017 at 2PM. Tickets are available here.