Jan McNulty Posted September 23, 2012 Share Posted September 23, 2012 I've loved David Nixon's Madame Butterfly since I saw the Northern Ballet premiere in 2002. I have seen some truly unforgettable performances. On Thursday afternoon another performance was added to my memory collection. Ayana Kanda and Javier Torres made their debuts as Butterfly and Pinkerton. From the first moment the ballet started my spine started tingling and I knew we were in for something special. Ayana was so fragile and timid when she first appears as a Geisha. It was easy to see how Pinkerton was bowled over by her delicate beauty and demeanour. The duet that ends Act 1, where Butterfly falls in love with Pinkerton, was beautiful, passionate and very moving (yes I started crying before the interval!). It was glorious to see how Ayana moved from the timid, almost scared young girl to young woman passionately in love. Javier was attentive and passionate and he is such a brilliant partner....... Antoinette Brooks-Daw was a joy to watch as Suzuki. Hannah Bateman gave a beautifully understated performance as Kate. It was lovely, too, to see Martin Bell back as a guest artist in the role of Sharpless - the consul with a conscience. It was as though the whole company was sparking off each other and gave us an unforgettable afternoon. It was a privilege to be in the audience. The performance on Thursday evening with Michela Paolacci and John Hull was also breath-takingly beautiful. Butterfly is on in Manchester this week and Nottingham the week after. Go see it if you can! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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