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 Post subject: Northern Ballet Theatre - Madame Butterfly
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2002 11:33 pm 
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A couple of reviews today. The first from The Times.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>NORTHERN BALLET THEATRE must be breathing a collective sigh of relief. The Leeds-based touring company has just premiered the new artistic director David Nixon’s Madame Butterfly. Judging by his solidly-crafted piece of dramatic dance entertainment, it seems that the Canadian-born Nixon will provide NBT with the kind of artistic leadership it has lacked since the death of its guiding light, Christopher Gable, in 1998. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,684-211318,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>For choreographers hunting out ideas for a new story ballet, Madame Butterfly sounds like the obvious steal. Not only does its story line hit all the big, danceable emotions, but it comes ready-scored with its own fabulous music. The down side, however, is that Puccini's opera is such a hard act to follow. Why would anyone bother making a ballet of Madame Butterfly when it already exists in sublime theatrical form? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,652465,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B> MORE </B> </A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited February 19, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2002 5:05 am 
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Image <BR><small>Here is the link to the <A HREF="http://www.nbt.co.uk/pages/03performances/show_perf_detail.cfm?code=BUTT&prod=Madame%20Butterfly" TARGET=_blank><B>'Madame Butterfly' pages on the NBT website</B></A></small><P><BR><B>Madame Butterfly flutters into Leeds</B> <BR>A new version of Madame Butterfly is being performed by The Northern Ballet Theatre. Stephanie Ferguson in the Yorkshire Evening Post reports on what will make this production magical. <P><BR>Her hands flutter to her face like delicate wings as she sinks to the floor in tears, while the piano fills the studio with Puccini's Humming Chorus. <P>It's a poignant moment as Japanese newcomer Keiko Amemori rehearses the title role for Northern Ballet Theatre's full-length Madame Butterfly, which premières at Leeds Grand Theatre tonight. <P>The company's new artistic director, Canadian David Nixon, is putting the second cast through their paces and putting the finishing touches to his production when I call at their HQ in West Park,Leeds.<P><A HREF="http://thisisleeds.co.uk/scripts/editorial2.cgi?cid=35&aid=439672" TARGET=_blank><B>clcick for more</B></A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 19, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2002 5:24 am 
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<B>It can't fail - thanks to Puccini</B><BR>Ismene Brown in The Daily Telegraph reviews Madame Butterfly performed by the Northern Ballet Theatre at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.<BR> <P>A YEAR ago we were sitting in Leeds watching the horror of Northern Ballet Theatre's unfortunate Jekyll and Hyde, voted by most critics the worst ballet in Britain of 2001. Some memories just don't go away, no matter how hard you scrub at them. But I suspect that Madame Butterfly, the first production of the new director David Nixon, will go a long way towards returning NBT to sunnyside-up.<P>NBT has a popular formula of presenting story-ballets drawn from classics of literature, opera and film, and directors have to fit the model. Originality is not the point; familiarity is.<P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/02/20/btisme20.xml&sSheet=/arts/2002/02/20/ixartright.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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Review in The Independent<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The dancer in David Nixon's ballet is less severely treated, but she seems static for much of the first half, watching while a chap commits hara-kiri (the synopsis, but not the production, tells us he is her disgraced father), or standing submissively while one of three American sailors picks her for a fake marriage.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/reviews/story.jsp?story=134493" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2002 11:42 am 
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<B>She floats like a butterfly</B> <BR>At times they lose the plot, but NBT’s adaptation of Puccini’s opera is ravishing to look at, says David Dougill in The Sunday Times. <BR> <BR> <BR>Madame Butterfly seems to be a rare subject for a ballet, but one British company, Northern Ballet Theatre, has hit upon it twice. Its first production was almost 22 years ago, and has apparently faded from most people’s memories. But now there is a new one, which was premiered last week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, and goes on a national tour, including a London season at Sadler’s Wells next month. <BR>This is the first input to the repertory by NBT’s new artistic director, the Canadian-born David Nixon, who was appointed last summer.<BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/article/0,,187-213066,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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<B>Kabuki at bedtime</B><BR>The operatic story of a doomed affair, Madame Butterfly is Northern Ballet Theatre's first show with new director David Nixon. Ellie Carr in The Sunday Herald meets a man who plans to keep his dancers on their toes.<P> <P>We are sitting in an old school gym hall in the suburbs of Leeds. David Nixon, new artistic director of Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT), is perched, every sinew active, on the edge of his chair. He watches veteran company dancer Jeremy Kerridge as he is plucked from his feet by two fellow dancers and spun into an airborne backward roll. It's a back-breaking move -- and one that, even with Kerridge's spring-loaded control, is destined to end with an indelicate thud. But with only five days to go until opening night of Madame Butterfly, Nixon's much-anticipated NBT debut, it is a thud too far.<P><A HREF="http://www.sundayherald.com/22453" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>*********************************<P><B>Let me dance you a story</B><BR>Great choreographers don’t overly concern themselves with narrative. The only problem comes when that’s exactly what crowds want, writes Christopher Bowen in The Scotsman on Sunday.<P><BR>GEORGE Balanchine, the greatest ballet choreographer of the past century once famously remarked: "There are no mothers-in-law in ballet". What he was suggesting was that explaining matter-of-fact statements in dance much beyond ‘I-love-you’, or ‘don’t-shoot-the-swans’ is seldom successful. <P>The elegantly elaborate mime that accompanies the plot-advancing actions in ballet is as much a part of the great classics as Petipa’s fiendish variations or Ivanov’s exquisite swan formations. Yet such dated devices do not serve the needs of narrative dance in the 21st century. <P>Yet, as Northern Ballet Theatre’s new artistic director and chief choreographer, David Nixon admits: "It’s a real problem, sometimes. But I am not going to have the dancers point at each other, point to a sign, point to the floor and shake their head. That kind of pantomime is dead." <P><A HREF="http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=211152002&rware=MWWANPXFSBKV&CQ_CUR_DOCUMENT=1" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>


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<B>Nixon has butterflies</B><BR>By Rory Ford for The Scotsman <P><BR>DAVID NIXON admits he’s demanding. He’s demanding of his dancers and he’s demanding of himself. He needs to be - he has recently taken over one of the most demanding jobs in British theatre. <P>Appointed as artistic director of Northern Ballet Theatre last August, Nixon sits backstage at the Leeds Grand Theatre Opera House during a break in rehearsals for the first of his productions to be premiered in Britain - Madame Butterfly. <P>It’s a crucial time for both Nixon and NBT - arguably the most popular ballet company in Britain. The pioneering outfit has done much to popularise the artform with its unique "dance drama" approach to storytelling. <P><A HREF="http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=202782002&rware=MWWANPXFSBKV&CQ_CUR_DOCUMENT=4" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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<BR><B>Stepping into the shoes abruptly vacated by Stefano Giannetti, David Nixon has turned around one company's fortunes, says MARY BRENNAN</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Since late last summer David Nixon has been the new man in artistic charge at Northern Ballet Theatre. It's only in the past few days, however, that the public has been able to see his choreography, or judge how he has affected the style and presentation of the dancers. His Madame Butterfly opened in Leeds just more than a week ago and already the response - and the advance box-office booking on the forthcoming tour - is reassuringly positive.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR><A HREF="http://www.theherald.co.uk/arts/archive/26-2-19102-21-11-7.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P><BR>


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A message from Sadler's Wells:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>If you've got sound and Flash installed on your computer you can enjoy the latest e-flyer created for Madam Butterfly. Then use the form at the end to send to a friend. They can win a free meal at Fredericks if they forward it to their friends.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sadlerswells.com/butterfly.asp?eid=sw" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sadlerswells.com/butterfly.asp?eid=sw</A> <BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 05, 2002).]


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<B>Win tickets to see Madame Butterfly, the ballet </B><BR>Guardian <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) returns to Sadler's Wells this March for the London debut of its new ballet, Madame Butterfly. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4369223,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P><BR>


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<B>Full of eastern promise</B><BR>Madame Butterfly by Northern Ballet Theatre previewed by Luke Jennings <P><BR>Northern Ballet Theatre's welcome return to the Wells is marked by a new production of Madame Butterfly set to Puccini's famously emotive score. The piece is based on the Belasco play, and tells the story of a beautiful young geisha who falls for an American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton, becomes pregnant, and is abandoned. She longs for Pinkerton's return, raising her son in a society that has turned its back on her, but when Pinkerton finally shows up it is with a new American wife. <P>The production is the brainchild of NBT's new director David Nixon, who is himself married to a Japanese woman, the ballerina Yoko Ichino. Nixon is from Ontario (although, he says, his uncle ran a cycle shop in Shepherd's Bush) and enjoyed a successful career with the National Ballet Of Canada and Deutsche Oper Ballet - he was a notable Oberon in Ashton's The Dream - before his appointment with NBT<P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.com/dynamic/hottx/theatre/dance_review.html?in_review_id=498591&in_review_text_id=479665" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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<B>Win tickets to see Madame Butterfly, the ballet</B> <BR> <P>The guardian has five pairs of tickets for these London performances on either March 13, 14, 15 or 16 at 7.30pm or for the matinee on Saturday 16 at 2.30pm. To win one of these pairs of tickets, please send your name, which date you would like to go, and a contact telephone number to arts.feedback@guardianunlimited.co.uk. Please put "Madame Butterfly offer" in the subject line.<P><BR>Here is the link to the <A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/eventsandoffers/article/0,5992,662969,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>page with full details</B></A><P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 09, 2002).]


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<B>Turbulent stillness</B><P><BR>Madame Butterfly: Northern Ballet Theatre<BR>Northern Ballet Theatre<BR>David Nixon<BR>by Luke Jennings<BR>Evening Standard<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Madame Butterfly is a tale of opposing elements. Pinkerton, the American naval officer, stands for air, movement and turbulence. Butterfly - the Nagasaki geisha he secures for a night of love, impregnates and leaves without a backward glance - is earth, stillness and calm. David Nixon's dance version of the Belasco play is touching and attractive, and works best when it adheres to these principles. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/dance_review.html?in_review_id=498591&in_review_text_id=486934" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P>


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<B>Safe choice proves a winner</B> <BR>By CLEMENT CRISP for The Financial Times <P><BR>David Nixon, as choreographer and artistic director, has given Northern Ballet Theatre a welcome new work as his initial production for the troupe. Not, perhaps, a roaring masterpiece, but something very encouraging in the context of the misbegotten offerings of recent years (Jekyll and Hyde still lurks in the memory).<P>His Madame Butterfly follows the company tradition of dance dramas bearing a familiar name - "Have no fear, dear public" says the title, "you know the story already" - but it is imaginatively staged, beautifully designed by Ali Allen, and a distillation of Puccini (all the tunes, plus Crisantemi, with Japanese music as accompaniment to two scenes of seppuku) works well. Not for purists, maybe, but we know enough about Japanese theatre to recognise the care in Nixon's adaptation of the story and of the conventions of Japanese manners. He understands what will work on dance terms, and what can be elided or hinted at by mime and an abundance of local colour. <P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020315001528&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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<B>Love and betrayal, settled with a Samurai sword</B><BR>David Nixon has restored Northern Ballet Theatre's reputation for performing stirring narrative ballets with Madame Butterfly. Also reviewed is the BRB 'Tombeaux' Triple Bill. <BR>By Jann Parry and Simon Broughton in The Oberver<P><BR>David Nixon has restored Northern Ballet Theatre's reputation for performing stirring narrative ballets with his Madame Butterfly - a familiar story to Puccini's well-known music. Nixon has reworked the production from his earlier version for Ohio's BalletMet (his previous post as artistic director) and brought in new designs by English scenic artist Ali Allen. It fits NBT, which has several Japanese dancers, like a tabi sock. <P>For ballet lovers (as distinct from opera buffs) there are parallels between Butterfly's story and Giselle's. Both are naïve girls who fall for a philanderer; both sacrifice their lives as a result, handing him back to his more suitable spouse. High-born Bathilde reclaims Albrecht in Giselle; American-born Kate gets Pinkerton and Butterfly's baby boy. The story of love betrayed is one that ballet can tell well. Its stylised, physical vocabulary, coupled with emotive music, needs no libretto to communicate passion and pain. <P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,668621,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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