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Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterfly Another Triumph

photo: Linda Rich


Northern Ballet’s Madame Butterflyis another stunningly beautiful production. It is in turn dramatic, romantic, lyrical, emotional, funny and utterly heartbreaking. At the end there was a moment of total silence in the theatre before the audience burst into applause.

photo: Linda Rich

Up to now I haven’t been an avid dance fan, but I am rapidly becoming one of David Nixon’s work. His use of traditional Japanese music at both the beginning and end of the story created an atmosphere of recognition and appreciation for Japanese traditions that made the whole story so much more poignant. The stripped down traditional drums that accompanied Butterfly’s father as he danced to his suicide, gave way to Puccini’s beautiful score, with geishas in colourful kimonos setting the scene for Butterfly’s meeting with Captain Pinkerton.

Everything came together so well to tell this tale – the striking choreography, beautiful costumes, fabulous set design. At the end, as the stage darkened and Butterfly, dressed in stark white and scarlet, danced to her death to what sounded like a tragic, traditional Japanese song, the audience was riveted and stunned into silence.

photo: Linda Rich

Don’t miss it! It continues at The Grand Theatre until Saturday 10th March. For further details call the box office on 0844 848 2702 or visit

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