Butterfly’s tale told through ballet

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A CLASSIC ballet is set to dazzle audiences in Sheffield.

Northern Ballet’s production of Madame Butterfly will be brought to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday, September 18, to Saturday, September 22.

The Leeds-based outfit has been directed and choreographed by David Nixon OBE, who originally created the piece based on his wife, Yoko Ichino, the internationally renowned ballerina.

Yoko is now the ballet mistress and academy associate director at Northern Ballet, while David is artistic director.

The company’s version of the production premiered at Leeds Grand Theatre in 2002 and is based on the original Belasco play that inspired the great opera.

It is a tale of love and infidelity, involving a young geisha who marries a dashing naval officer, only to be abandoned by him while carrying his unborn child.

The loyal Butterfly awaits his return, valiantly raising their son alone in a society which has ostracised her, before the husband returns with his new American wife.

David said: “I wanted to incorporate an aesthetic of the traditional Japanese culture and music. I wanted to portray the dilemma of Butterfly who tries to change the perception of her culture, only to be betrayed by her newly adopted beliefs.”

Tickets are available from the Sheffield Theatres website or by calling the box office on 0114 2496000.