Start of rehearsals for Madama Butterfly in Novi Sad

A new work in the genre of ballet is being created in collaboration between five countries: Austria, Germany, Japan, Slovenia and Serbia. Madama Butterfly" will be danced, based on a choreography by Peter Breuer, a world premiere that will be performed on the occasion of the European Capital of Culture 2021 on 14 May 2021 in Novi Sad.

Peter Breuer at the rehearsals

After a two-month creative phase in St. Pölten, rehearsals have now been underway since the beginning of March 2021 in a co-production with the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. The dancers of Europaballett, Nichika Shibata, Mayara Viçoso and Florient Cador are rehearsing together with Peter Breuer and Dominik Vaida, who is making his debut as choreographic assistant in Novi Sad.

THE designer of the ballet world, Yumiko Takeshima, created the costumes for "Madama Butterfly". She was a dancer herself for years and comes from a kimono family. She has designed numerous costumes for choreographers, notably David Dawson and William Forsythe, and has been praised in the media for creating the most elegant, simple, and aesthetically beautiful dance costumes in the European dance world.

Opera lovers are familiar with "Madama Butterfly" with Puccini's music. This time, Peter Breuer ventures into original Japanese music.

We dance the famous, touching story of Madame Butterfly with the tragic content around the love between the young Japanese woman Cio Cio-San and the lieutenant of the US Navy Pinkerton. The works with modern aesthetics in neoclassical style culturally connect the European Ballet and the Serbian National Theatre. The design of the video projection is entrusted to Marcus Gessler (Austria), the images in the projections are by Sebastjan Seremet (Slovenia).

The co-production of the Serbian National Theatre and the European Ballet is a project supported by the EU-Japan Festival Committee and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade.

After the premiere in May in Novi Sad, Madama Butterfly will go on tour with the European Ballet. On 11 June 2021, Madama Butterfly will be danced to at the Ballet Theatre.

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