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Houston Ballet's Madame ButterflyBallet: Madame Butterfly
Dancers: Nao Kusuzaki and Nozomi Iijima
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar

Madame Butterfly

In her cocoon, the butterfly is protected, sheltered in naiveté. It is only when she begins to emerge that she becomes vulnerable. Madame Butterfly, the story of a beautiful Japanese geisha who gives up her faith and her family to marry an American naval lieutenant, is at once compelling and heartbreaking. Set to Puccini's powerful score with costumes and sets by Peter Farmer, Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly is a stunning achievement in neoclassical ballet that has been an international success, with performances on three continents. Also on the program is Welch’s Clear, a poignant ballet danced to Bach.

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7:30 PM on September 6, 8, 14, 15, 2012
2:00 PM on September 9, 16, 2012

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Madame Butterfly
Music: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), arrangement by John Lanchbery (1923-2003)
Choreography: Stanton Welch
Scenic and Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Lighting Design: Lisa J. Pinkham

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor and the first and second movements from the Violin Concerto in G minor
Choreography: Stanton Welch
Costume Design: Michael Kors
Lighting Design: Lisa J. Pinkham

Read synopsis of Madame Butterfly.

Leer la sinopsis de Madame Butterfly en español.

Age Recommendation: at least 10 years of age

Run time:
Clear                              0:22
Madame Butterfly        1:22
Intermission                   0:20

TOTAL                           2:04

Performance in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street.