Melbourne City Ballet will appear at the Potato Shed as they tour nationally in 2018 with the powerful story of ‘Madame Butterfly’. Passion, love and tragedy have certainly been strong themes in Melbourne City Ballet’s program in recent years and there will not be a dry eye in the house when Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo’s takes audiences on a journey to Japan with this adaption of Giacomo Puccini’s infamous ballet.
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 suite but her Pinkerton. It is only upon Pinkerton’s return that Butterfly realise their union was not as she thought, ending in one of opera’s most infamous tragedies.
This production originally premiered in Melbourne in 2016 with Melbourne City Ballet working closely with many from the Japanese community to ensure the production respectfully pays homage in an accurate but delicate manner.