On 16 January 2021, in the new Opera Stream service of the Hungarian State Opera, the recording of the critically acclaimed dance drama, A Streetcar Named Desire by Marianna Venekei and composer László Dés can be viewed online from 7:00 p.m.
A Streetcar Named Desire is Marianna Venekei's first full-length choreography. The project, lovingly nurtured for many years, is a collaboration between her and composer-saxophonist László Dés. Using the means of modern ballet, its creators (including set designer Gergely Zöldy Z, costume designer Bianca Imelda Jeremias and lighting designer Balázs Csontos) evoke the atmosphere, sights and music of the New Orleans of the 1940s, the time and setting of Tennessee Williams's original work, in a production driven by the sheer variety of the musical and dance motifs, and the unique personalities of the characters. The story of the fall of Blanche DuBois is a drama of family bonds, unrequited love, acceptance and physical force that never loses its relevance.
The two-act dance drama features soloists Cristina Balaban (Blanche), Balázs Majoros (Stanley), Kateryna Tarasova (Stella) and Levente Bajári (Mitch) as well as Dénes Darab, András Rónai, Mikalai Radziush, Carlos Taravillo, along with artists of the Hungarian National Ballet and students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute.
Presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire: Copyright © 1947, 1953 renewed 1975, 1981 The University of the South. The permission of the copyright-holder was obtained through the intermediation of Hofra Kft. (www.hofra.hu).
Photo by Valter Berecz