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Northern Ballet starts the New Year in China

Press release date 
Wed 22 Dec 2010

Northern Ballet returns to China this January with two of the Company's best-loved productions: Madame Butterfly and Romeo & Juliet . The Company will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing from 1 - 5 January 2011.

Inspired by the great opera, Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly is a heart-rending tale of love and fidelity set to Puccini's emotive score. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon, OBE, the piece was originally created for his internationally acclaimed, ballerina wife Yoko Ichino, who is now Company Ballet Mistress and Associate Director of the Northern Ballet Academy.

Northern Ballet's faithful interpretation of Shakespeare's timeless tale of boy meets girl is an unforgettable theatrical experience. Romeo & Juliet received its première in February 1991, making it one of the Company's most enduring productions.

Northern Ballet has a long and distinguished record for successful overseas touring and this year the Company has already staged performances in Hong Kong and Macau. The tour to China is sponsored by Marketing Leeds and Welcome to Yorkshire.

Deborah Green, Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds, says: "We're delighted to support Northern Ballet's international touring season this year. Northern Ballet is a terrific cultural ambassador for Yorkshire and the UK. Culture provides a unique and positive arena in which to do business. Companies such as Northern Ballet offer a marvellous opportunity to bring people together and for them to find out about the exceptional cultural offer in Leeds."