The Australian Ballet’s international smash Madame Butterfly, flies home


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Miwako Kubota, Madame Butterfly

For immediate release Thursday 25 November 2010

An Australian classic flies home

International smash Madame Butterfly returns

Miwako Kubota, Kevin Jackso,n Madame Butterfly, ballet, dance,

Miwako Kubota & Kevin Jackson in Madame Butterfly

The Australian Ballet will begin 2011 with an
epic production of love, tragedy and betrayal that
has moved audiences around the globe.Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly has flown
home after a decade-long absence, ready to transport Australian audiences across the
ocean to Nagasaki, Japan and into the world of
our doomed heroine Butterfly.Madame Butterfly will make its triumphant return to the Australian stage in Melbourne on February 25 2011, followed by dates in Adelaide and Sydney.

Currently the artistic director of Houston Ballet,
Welch has overseen the restaging of this flagship work, which has gone on to achieve international success since its 1995 debut.

This heartbreaking tale has all the hallmarks of a truly special ballet, from its operatic origins to the enchanting Eastern setting. The story first
appeared in 1904 as an opera, with the beauty
and drama of Puccini’s score seemingly perfect
for dance.

Luscious and romantic, Madame Butterfly had
much potential for a ballet adaptation. Dancer
and aspiring choreographer Welch, at 25 years
of age, seized the opportunity to make it his own.
On its debut in 1995, The Sunday Telegraph
remarked: “Nothing is more satisfying than a
choreographer who can sweep up the music
and by sheer blazing invention transform it into something else”.

The result is an arresting blend of spectacularly virtuosic and deeply lyrical choreography, from
the central pas de deux expressing Butterfly and Pinkerton’s doomed passion, to Welch’s
delicate interpretations of Japanese dance.

Meanwhile, the powerful narrative, unforgettably danced, is supported by some of the most
beautiful sets and costumes ever created for
The Australian Ballet.

Designer Peter Farmer adorns the cast in watercolour chiffons, exquisite kimonos,
luxurious brocades and dresses as light as
butterfly wings.

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet
David McAllister said there was much to look
forward in revisiting this classic production.“Madame Butterfly is an internationally loved work, and a signature ballet for the company. It will be hugely exciting to see a new generation of dancers interpreting the iconic roles of Butterfly, Pinkerton, Suzuki and Kate,” he said.“For all its delicate elements, Madame Butterfly
packs a real emotional punch.”

What the critics had to say about
Madame Butterfly:

“A poignant, gently unfolded drama”
The Sunday Age 1995

“Their first act pas de deux is quite possibly one
of the most beautiful dance sequences I have
ever seen”
The Sunday Times 1995

“Farmer has created a Japanese world that is strikingly beautiful and underpins the dance at
every point”
The Sunday Telegraph 1995

Choreography Stanton Welch
Music Giacomo Puccini
arranged by John Lanchbery
Costume & set design Peter Farmer
Lighting design Francis Croese

Melbourne 25 February – 9 March
(13 performances)
the Arts Centre, State Theatre
with Orchestra Victoria

Adelaide 18 – 23 March (6 performances)
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Sydney 7 – 27 April (21 performances)
Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House
with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

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4 Responses to The Australian Ballet’s international smash Madame Butterfly, flies home

  1. amy sperry faldet November 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Sending you thanks for the joy you scatter dear one! Know you are appreciated!

  2. antoinette petruccelli November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    wish I was home so I could see the performance…all the best!

  3. Ballet News November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Amy – that’s so lovely – thank you !

    Antoinette – I know how you feel there !

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