Some of the feedback we've been getting for Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile...
@northernballet @castindoncaster that was amazing. Stunningly beautiful #MadameButterfly
— Jo Hill (@JoHill2009) May 21, 2015
Clips of selected pieces from our 2015 Mixed Programme. Featuring The Architect, Perpetuum Mobile, A Northern Trilogy, Little Monsters and Fatal Kiss this line up shows off the strength and prowess of our first-class dancers.
Get swept away by unrivalled storytelling, dance and live music as Northern Ballet prepares to kick off its new tour of Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile. Recently awarded Best Company at the European Taglioni Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet specialise in creating and performing classical story ballets.
When I created this piece over 15 years ago, I was initially inspired by the score. I began listening obsessively to the Violin Concerto in E Major. I thought I knew it quite well but every time I played it I heard something new and still do today. I began the ballet by wanting to construct and layer movement to make a whole, like Bach does with his composition. The music never stops, even the slow middle movement has a pulse going through it that pushes the ear to anticipate the next development.
Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012.
Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet (ENB), where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden, Concerto Grosso and The Nutcracker.
Choreography, Costume Design and Set Design Concept David Nixon OBE
Production Manager and CAD Draughtsman Steve Wilkins
Lighting Design Alastair West
Set Construction Griz Pedley
Scenic Artist Stephanie Pasiewicz
Music Giacomo Puccini
Music Director John Pryce-Jones
Northern Ballet’s uniquely expressive dancers will perform two spectacular ballets in one evening.
Be transported to Japan as the Company presents its much-loved and heartbreakingly tragic Madame Butterfly. The inspiration for the world famous musical Miss Saigon, the story of Madame Butterfly tells of the doomed love affair between an American Naval Lieutenant and his young Japanese bride, Butterfly. Madly in love and prepared to sacrifice everything, Butterfly’s world falls apart when she is abandoned and betrayed.