Ballet Kelowna: A Streetcar Named Desire

Featuring Ballet Kelowna with emerging artists from the Victoria Academy of Ballet. 

Company Premiere
Choreography: John Alleyne
Music: Tobin Stokes

In celebration of Ballet Kelowna’s 15th anniversary season, the Company presents its first full-length ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire, by renowned Canadian choreographer John Alleyne.

Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Alleyne’s Streetcar combines compelling dance with superb acting, lavish costumes, and an original jazz score by BC-based composer Tobin Stokes.

Regular Guy Reviewer of the May 1st performance of A Streetcar Named Desire:

No streetcar, lots of desire.

That was my takeaway at Kelowna Community Theatre as Ballet Kelowna wrapped up its landmark 15th anniversary season with A Streetcar Named Desire. American playwright Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic tells the story of two southern belle sisters. While one clings to a bygone era, the other embraces the reality of post-World War II life in America.

Ballet Kelowna dancers equally shared in the kudos and deserved the curtain-call standing ovation. The four leading roles were masterfully performed by Valentin Chou as Stanley Kowalski, Charlotte Reid as Stella Kowalski, Desiree Bortolussi as Blanche DuBois, and Kurt Werner as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. Adding to the overall grace and beauty were post-secondary students from the Victoria Academy of Ballet.