Northern Ballet Theatre will tour China for the 3rd time with Madame Butterfly
Following two successful tours to China with A Christmas Carole in 2000 and La Traviata in 2006, Milky War Arts & Communications Co, Ltd will present, for the third time, Northern Ballet Theatre in China in 2007 with Madame Butterfly.
As UK’s most successful touring companies for narrative full evening works, NBT has gradually become a familiar name among Chinese audiences after touring to Beijing, Tianjin and Guangzhou in 2000, and Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou earlier this year. After the performances, an article named “British-versioned La Traviata” on Beijing Youth Daily, the most popular newspaper in the City said:
“What is British ballet like? Beijing audiences had the answer last evening in Tianqiao Theatre from classical ballet La Traviata by Northern Ballet Theatre, which interpreted the tragic love story of Marguerite and Armand in such a moving way.” “Audiences were fully taken by the production on general and performance of Desiré Samaai and Jonathan Ollivier in particular, whose skills are simply astonishing. And more than the skill are the emotion in the performance. All pas de deux became the highlights of the evening.” “Swan Lake has always been the favorite of Beijing audiences. But NBT’s La Traviata made us realize there are good ballets from out of Russia.”
Beijing Morning Post, another most popular newspaper in Beijing said in “Audiences moved to tears by La Traviata”: “Northern Ballet Theatre from Britain presented La Traviata in Tianqiao Theatre last evening, adapted from the opera of the same name. Audiences of Beijing were deeply moved by the fresh dance style of the Company, high skills and particularly the emotional way the ballet was presented. The unique stage design and costume is another attraction, which perfectly combines the classical and fashionable. Although dancers are highly skillful in classical ballet, they did not deliberately show off toe dance. Style of the production is quite contemporary and very dramatic, esp. the pas de deux at ending is extremely elegant and sentimental, which moved many audiences to tears.”
With more and more audience become fans of NBT following its two Chinese tours, that due to time limited, NBT was not able to go to Guangzhou in 2006 greatly disappointed fans, who saw NBT’s A Christmas Carole in 2000. So, for the third time in 2007 NBT will come back with Madame Butterfly to Guangzhou, Beijing and other cities.
2nd tour of Northern Ballet Theatre to China
“The story of a young nobleman and a beautiful courtesan whose burgeoning love amidst an intoxicating 1800s Paris is doomed from the beginning. This timeless tale has been transferred onto celluloid in the 1930s film Camille starring Greta Garbo and most recently in Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Now, England’s Northern Ballet Theatre tells Verdi’s story through movement. Veronica Paeper’s choreography is expertly realized by the dancers and real-life husband and wife duo, Jonathan Ollivier and Desire Samaai, and won rave reviews at its UK premiere. The Northern Ballet Theatre has not announced who will dance the leading roles for its Beijing performances, but with Verdi’s moving score, the wrenching tug-o-war between family honor and the will of the heart is sure to get our blood circulating in the preparation for a long, cold Beijing winter.”
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1st tour of Northern Ballet Theatre to China
“A Christmas Carole”-A Lively and Beautiful Class of Arts
Beijing Evening Daily, December 2000
When one is growing up, he or she will come across with something deeply moving which would contribute to the forming of their world outlook. During the process, the influence of environment is of great importance.
So what is the environment expressed by ballet drama “A Christmas Carole” adapted in 1992 from Charles Dickens’ novel and what is its influence to Chinese people today?
Even without talking about the country or even the world in the 19th century, we could expect to be impressed by its content and style as following: