A double bill of ballet

Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly to be staged at the Grand Theatre
Northern Ballet's Madame Butterfly to be staged at the Grand Theatre
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The worlds of classical and contemporary 
collide in one night of dance at the Grand Theatre this week.

Northern Ballet performs a newly reworked version of Madame Butterfly in a double bill with Perpetuum Mobile on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Leeds-based company is celebrated for creating classical, story ballets, and brings the shows as part of a new touring programme to reach new audiences.

A heartbreakingly tragic tale, Madame Butterfly is set to Puccini’s classic score, telling of the doomed love affair between American Naval officer Pinkerton and his Japanese bride Butterfly, choreographed by Northern’s artistic director David Nixon.

While Perpetuum Mobile, choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson, is a work designed to showcase the “technical and athletic talents of Northern Ballet’s dancers”.

A Northern Ballet spokesman said: “Perpetuum Mobile is a beautiful neo-classical work and Madame Butterfly a wonderful dramatic narrative piece; so this programme is a perfect introduction of the two faces of Northern Ballet.

“Our company has incredibly talented dancers, and these two works will provide the chance for audiences to see the dancers performing at their most physical, as well as demonstrating their abilities as dance-actors of the highest standard.

“Introducing this new strand of touring is designed to enrich the dance offering within the region, challenging the perceptions of which stories can be told through ballet, and providing audiences with something different than Swan Lake or The Nutcracker.”

The company will also stage its latest children’s ballet, The Elves And The Shoemaker, in two performances on Wednesday afternoon – aimed as an introduction for the youngest audiences.

Visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call (01253) 290190 for tickets.