Melbourne City Ballet will bring the powerful story of Madame Butterfly for a one-off performance at the Potato Shed on August 17 as part of their national tour.
Passion, love and tragedy have been strong themes in Melbourne City Ballet’s program over recent years; artistic director Michael Pappalardo’s adaption of Giacomo Puccini’s infamous Madame Butterfly is no different.
Madame Butterfly follows a young Japanese girl called Cho-Cho (nicknamed “Butterfly”) as she marries US Naval Officer Pinkerton only to have him depart for the Americas.
As the years pass Butterfly awaits his return with hope – refusing any new suitor but her Pinkerton – it is only upon Pinkerton’s return that Butterfly realises their union was not as she thought, ending in one of opera’s most infamous tragedies.
Redeveloped into a newly choreographed three-act ballet, Melbourne City Ballet’s production will capture the story’s essence through the fusion of traditional Japanese and classical ballet movement.
“When I’m playing the role of Butterfly I often reflect back to my time in Japan.
Next year will mark 10 years since I have performed in Japan,” principal artist Yuiko Masukawa said.
“It is interesting how things can be so connected, they both hold a special place in my heart.”
The production showcases the company’s exquisite choreography and versatility, whilst featuring impressive new scenery, beautiful oriental costumes and of course Puccini’s evocative score.
Melbourne City Ballet worked closely with many from the Japanese community to ensure the production respectfully pays homage in an accurate but delicate manner.
“Our production will feature more of a traditional Japanese style of movement than our classical repertoire. We hope our audiences enjoy Madame Butterfly,” Mr Pappalardo said.
Tickets are available at the Potato Shed, or by phoning 5251 1998, or at any City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centre for the August 17, 8pm show