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Madame Butterfly

American naval officer, Pinkerton, and some friends are being entertained in a geisha house. He is bewitched by one particularly beautiful geisha and Goro the marriage broker points out that the young girl in question, Butterfly, can be purchased as a ‘bride’. Butterfly is little more than a child and believes this to be a serious marriage. She betrays her religion and adopts her husband’s Christian faith, committing herself to him forever.
Madame Butterfly Choreography, Costume Design and Set Design Concept David Nixon OBE Production Manager and Cad Draughtsmen Steve Wilkins Lighting Design Alastair West Set Construction Griz Pedley Scenic Artist Stephanie Pasiewicz Music Giacomo Puccini Music Director John Pryce-Jones
Stunning photography for Madame Butterfly taken by Jason Tozer and Perpetuum Mobile taken by Brian Slater.
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.
Following the announcement that Northern Ballet is to première an adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 by Jonathan Watkins in September 2015, the Leeds-based Company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary year, has released details of its plans for spring 2015 with a season of iconic love stories giving 134 performances across 28 venues in the UK.
Please note that all casts are subject to change without notice.
Here we have collected reviews and comments about our production of Madame Butterfly from press, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere on the internet. From the Press & Blogs "Thanks in part to Northern Ballet, no wonder we are the dance envy of Europe, if not the Western world." Jeffrey Taylor, The Express ★★★★ "It is in turn dramatic, romantic, lyrical, emotional, funny and utterly heartbreaking."
On a wet Tuesday morning last week I started my internship with Northern Ballet’s Communications team. After a very warm welcome the team sent me to Manchester to see the latest production of Madame Butterfly.
Photography by Merlin Hendy taken at Leeds Grand Theatre in February 2012. Select an image to see a larger version.
This resource pack is designed to give teachers an insight into Northern Ballet's production of Madame Butterfly, and toprovide practical ideas and tasks that can be used in the classroom. It is particularly suitable for teachers working with pupils in dance and drama. It also provides some signposts for links with other areas of the curriculum.

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