Northern Ballet tours with Madame Butterfly

Ayana Kanda and John Hull in Madame Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer.
Ayana Kanda and John Hull in Madame Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer.

Northern Ballet today launches a UK tour of its sumptuous Madame Butterfly which is being performed in tandem with Elves and the Shoemaker, a production aimed at families.

Recently awarded Best Company at the European Taglioni Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet specialise in creating and performing classical story ballets.

This programme brings world-class ballet to the doorstep of audiences throughout the country, and offers fans the chance to enjoy two of Northern Ballet’s popular in one evening.

Madame Butterfly is choreographed by artistic director David Nixon and is one of Northern Ballet’s most popular full-length productions.

In this heartbreakingly tragic ballet, audiences will be transported to Japan where the doomed love affair between American Naval Lieutenant, Pinkerton, and his young Japanese bride, Butterfly, begins.

Madly in love and prepared to sacrifice everything, Butterfly’s world falls apart when she is betrayed and forced into a dramatic climax.

Recreated especially for the new tour, Madame Butterfly is a two-act ballet featuring all new sets and is performed to the famous Puccini score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Elves & the Shoemaker
Elves & the Shoemaker

The programme also features Perpetuum Mobile, choreographed by Christopher Hampson, artistic director of Scottish Ballet.

Performed to Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, the 17-minute long piece provides an introduction to the technical and athletic talents of Northern Ballet’s dancers.

David Nixon said: “Perpetuum Mobile is a beautiful neo-classical work and Madame Butterfly a wonderful dramatic narrative piece; so this programme is a perfect introduction of the two faces of Northern Ballet.

“Our Company has incredibly talented dancers and these two works will provide the opportunity for audiences to see the dancers performing at their most physical as well as demonstrating their abilities as dance-actors of the highest standard.

“Introducing this new strand of touring is designed to enrich the dance offering, challenging the perceptions of which stories can be told through ballet and providing audiences with something different than Swan Lake or The Nutcracker”.

*Choreographed by NB’s ballet master Daniel de Andrade, Elves & the Shoemaker, being performed at matinees, is the latest in the company’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People.

Tour dates

June 5-6, Leicester, Curve Theatre
June 9-10, Richmond Theatre
June 12-13,Bromley, Churchill Theatre
June 16-17, Stoke, Regent Theatre
June 19-20, Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
September 23-26, Hull New Theatre

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