Culture hits the shed in a big way in August when Melbourne City Ballet presents the powerful story of Madame Butterfly.
Passion, love and tragedy have certainly been strong themes in Melbourne City Ballet’s program in recent years. Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo’s adaption of Giacomo Puccini’s infamous Madame Butterfly continue these themes.
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.
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.
“When I’m playing the role of Butterfly I often reflect back to my time in Japan. Next year will mark ten years since I have performed in Japan. It’s interesting how things can be so connected, they both hold a special place in my heart” – Yuiko Masukawa, Principal Artist.
Madame Butterfly by Melbourne City Ballet at the Potato Shed Friday August 17 8pm.