Northern Ballet Theatre: Madame Butterfly
From Scotland on Sunday
Madame Butterfly is renowned for its beauty and colour at the best of times but NBT’s new artistic director, David Nixon, has pulled out all the stops with this spectacular production.
The piece was originally created for his internationally acclaimed ballerina wife, Yoko Ichino, who performed it in their former company, Ballet-Met Columbus in the US. It has been reworked for the NBT dancers and looks set to get a fair few Scottish hearts all of a flutter.
We all know the tale of the young geisha girl who marries Lieutenant Pinkerton - a dashing naval officer - only to be abandoned carrying his unborn child, and we empathise with the loyal Butterfly as she awaits her husband’s return, valiantly raising their son alone in a society that has also deserted her. We also know that when Pinkerton does eventually appear, it will be with a new American wife and the fate of Butterfly and her young son will be sealed. click for more
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