Northern Ballet perform classic tragedy Madame Butterfly in Sheffield

Northern Ballet production of Madam Butterfly.

Northern Ballet production of Madam Butterfly.

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Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly dances into the Lyceum Theatre from September 18-22, 2012.

Madame Butterfly is directed and choreographed by the Company’s Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, who originally created the piece on his wife, Yoko Ichino, the internationally renowned ballerina, who is now Ballet Mistress and Academy Associate Director at Northern Ballet. The Northern Ballet version of the production premiered at Leeds Grand Theatre in 2002.

Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly is based on the original Belasco play that inspired the great opera. This heart-rending tale of love and infidelity, involves a young geisha who marries Lieutenant Pinkerton, a dashing naval officer, only to be abandoned by him while carrying his unborn child. The loyal Butterfly awaits her husband’s return, valiantly raising their son alone in a society which has ostracised her. When Pinkerton eventually returns to Nagaski with his new American wife, Butterfly’s doomed fate and that of her young son are sealed.

David Nixon commented on the production: ‘When creating Madame Butterfly, I wanted to incorporate an aesthetic of the traditional Japanese culture and music. I wanted to portray the dilemma of Butterfly who tries to change the perception of her culture, only to be betrayed by her newly adopted beliefs. Her freedom is only achieved by returning to her roots. Our re-orchestration of Puccini’s wonderful music, to which we have incorporated traditional Japanese music, has resulted in a fluid and dramatically powerful score for this ballet, which blends traditional Japanese dance styles with classical ballet.’

Tickets are on sale now, priced from £12.00 - £34.00 and are available by calling the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or online at Sheffield Theatres