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Northern Ballet dancers Ayami Miyata and Kinju Kang in Geisha. Photo Guy Farrow.


For Geisha, beauty and honour are everything.

Brought vividly to life by the creator of Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Casanova (as seen on Sky Arts), unravel the mysteries of Geisha.

Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West. As their lives are torn painfully apart, encounters from beyond the grave unleash an unexpected vengeance on their world. An act of true devotion offers the only chance for redemption.

Based on remarkable true events, experience Northern Ballet’s exceptional dancers in this must-see ballet.

'ambitious and accomplished'
The Telegraph
'This lavish production uses cinematic design to chilling effect and terrific choreography to drive the drama'
The Guardian
'It is thrilling, lyrical, heart-rending, eerie, passionate, romantic and moving in equal measure.'
The Reviews Hub
Okichi's spirit revels in the death of Henry
Aiko and Okichi practise the fan dance
The spirit of Okich incites the living samurai to carry out her revenge
Okichi is conflicted wearing her blue Geisha kimono
The fishermen make their way back

Creative team

Choreography and Direction
Set & Costume Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design Assistant
Historical Consultant

Full creative team

Running time 2 hours 5 minutes (approximately)

Age guidance: 12+

Please note that this production may contain short periods of flashing and strobe lighting effects

Header photo by Guy Farrow. Production photos by Emma Kauldhar.