Northern Ballet, Madame Butterfly, Lyceum Theatre
Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly dances into the Lyceum Theatre from 18 - 22 September 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."
Choreography and Design Concept David Nixon
Music Giacomo Puccini
Orchestration John Longstaff
Lighting Design Peter Mumford
Scenic Design Ali Allen
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 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. All telephone bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee, £1.00 for online bookings. On non-performance days the Box Office closes at 6.00pm.
Madame Butterfly's Press Night is set for Wed 19 Sep 7.45pm. The regular run plays Tue - Thu 7.45pm, Fri & Sat 7.45pm, Thu 2.00pm and Sat 3.00pm.
Crucible Lyceum Studio is located at 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA.