Preview: Northen Ballet – Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile: Richmond Theatre, 9-10 June 2015

A bit of Butterfly flutters muttering by

Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly sure makes a pretty picture

Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly sure makes a pretty picture. Photo by Jason Tozer

Leeds-based Northern Ballet is not only one of the UK’s finest ballet companies but also one of the world’s – in 2014 they won Best Company at the European Taglioni Ballet Awards. They’ve become internationally renowned for creating new classical story ballets and Madame Butterfly is considered to be one of their best.

Originally premiered in 2002 but now updated to include new sets, Madame Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a young Japanese bride and her disastrous relationship with an American Naval Lieutenant. A specially orchestrated version of Puccini’s famous opera music is used and beautiful costumes are de rigeur.

Coupled alongside this epic is Christopher Hampson’s Perpetuum Mobile, a short piece that showcases the Company’s abstract neo-classical abilities. Performed to Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, the frenetic pace of the work has become a calling-card for the considerable talents of Northern Ballet’s dancers.

Promising to be a night of high-quality dancing and drama, Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile shows at Richmond Theatre on 9 & 10 June 2015 before continuing its UK tour. Tickets are available from the Richmond Theatre website.

Gerard Davis

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