Stella Come Home
Et Alia Theater presents, Directed by sarAika movement collective
A dance-theater performance that translates ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ into movement through the bodies of international women.
as immigrant women in New York City
What does this American iconic play
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
the United States
mean to us?
A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a woman who, having lost her home in Belle Reve, comes to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella and her husband, Stanley. It quickly becomes apparent that Stella’s world is very different from what her sister expected, and Blanche is in constant conflict with Stanley, whom she finds rude, uneducated and disgusting. After a violent episode he has, Blanche urges Stella to leave him, but it is clear that Stella has no intention of doing so and that she will put up with anything he does. In return, Stanley warns Stella against her sister, telling her she is not who she claims to be and that her past is much dirtier than the version she tells people. When Blanche falls in love with Mitch, one of Stanley’s friends, and hopes that he will be the one to marry and save her, Stanley tells Mitch all of Blanche’s secrets. Therefore, Mitch leaves her and she becomes more and more unwanted in Stanley’s household, despite Stella’s efforts to make him go easy on her. He buys her a bus ticket and tells her he wants her gone, after which he abuses her. In the last scene, when Blanche has lost everything, she is taken away by doctors, delusional and consumed.
About the show
Stella, Come Home is a dance-theater piece that translates the iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, into movement and dance through the bodies of our company’s international women. We feel urged to explore what it means to perform this pinnacle of white US theater as women immigrants in New York City, one of the most heterogeneous cities in the world. Just as a reality-stricken Blanche longs for a return to her imagined Belle Reve, we are outsiders going through the painful struggle of letting go of our past, while the promised land of NYC forces us to face our truth: culturally diverse women still have to fight to be heard.
photo: Jessica Wall
Why Stanley? He is so brutal!
Why the US? So many struggles as immigrants!
What are Stella’s, Blanche’s,
and your answer?
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Cast & Crew
- Presented by Et Alia Theater
- Directed & Choreographed by SarAika Movement Collective
- Associate Director: Marina Zurita Produced by Et Alia Theater
- Performed by Ana Moioli, Giorgia Valenti, Israel Harris, Luísa Galatti, Maria Müller
- Stage Managed by Zeynep Akça
- Sound Design by Julio Vaquero Ramos
- Lighting Design by Jessica Wall
- Prop & Costume Design by Federica Borlenghi and Valentina Torresi
- Poster Design by Marieli Pereira
- Photographer: Ayanna Nathifa
- Press Agents: Gillian Britt and Isabella Gómez Girón