Nashville Ballet to Premiere “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Press Release # Local

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Ballet is excited to bring world-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and London-based director Nancy Meckler's performance of “A Streetcar Named Desire” Nov. 1-3 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater.

For the first time ever, Tennessee Williams’ tale will be performed by a United States-based ballet company. Considered Williams’ greatest work, “A Streetcar Named Desire” dramatizes the life of Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern belle who is forced to leave her aristocratic life and flee to a dilapidated New Orleans tenement after facing a series of tragic losses.

This adaptation is unique as the story will unfold through the singular perspective of Blanche DuBois. With Lopez Ochoa’s masterful choreography, audiences can expect a new interpretation of Williams’ work; one that humanizes the timeless tragedies of societal expectation and victimization.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” brings topics of social justice to the forefront of the ballet world. Returning to Tennessee Williams’ Southern roots, the story remains one of his most performed plays and has inspired many adaptations in other forms, including a critically-acclaimed film that was released in 1951.

Nashville Ballet Company Artist Julia Eisen will take on the title role of Blanche DuBois.

For more information, visit www.nashvilleballet.com/streetcar.

About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70. To learn more about the Nashville Ballet, please visit nashvilleballet.com.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.