Quote of the day – Tennessee Williams

“Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressive – that’s what’s good for you if you’re at all serious in your aims.”

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Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. Don’t they seem to be dancing?

One of Tennessee Williams’ most powerful plays, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), became a movie (directed by Elia Kazan) that earned various Oscars at the time – a raw, heart-wrenching and desillusioned affair… and an absolute must-see!

 

 

 

 

Scottish Ballet
Scottish Ballet

Two choreographers did a great job translating   it to dance: Neumeier for Marcia Haydée and Stuttgart Ballet, in 1983, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, working together with movie director Nancy Meckler, for Scottish  Ballet (2012).

 

Stuttgart Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet

Neumeier play is in Stuttgart’s regular repertoire (scheduled next in May, 2015), and an item in my wish-list!

 

 

 

There was some dismissive nose-wrinkling, once more, on these kind of story-telling ballets, “a lesser kind of dance art”… If Tennessee Williams’ were to write a play equivalent to  a ballet without narrative, it would be made of meaningless sequences of beautiful words… and THIS should be some kind of “higher art”?  Oh, spare me!

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