|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
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