DeNada Dance Theatre presents Mariposa

30 Sep 2021 to 01 Oct 2021


90 minutes

A Queer Tragedy Inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly

Presented as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival  21 Sept – 3 Oct 20

Under the flickering neon lights of a distant Caribbean port, a local rent boy and a foreign sailor fall ominously in love in choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s inventive reimagining of Puccini’s seminal opera. DeNada Dance Theatre’s Madame Butterfly is immersed in a mist of Havana smoke, within which a young man is asked to sacrifice his gender in exchange of love and a better life. 

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Mariposa Photo by Joe Armitage

Mariposa is an operatic dance-drama that transports Puccini’s Orientalist libretto to post-revolution Cuba, to a dockland world of faded showgirls, hopeful rent boys, troubled sailors and santeria spirits.  Engulfed in a tropical storm of repressed desires, this brand new production is a passionate and deeply moving exploration of what we are ready to sacrifice in order to be loved and accepted.  

Set to an original score by Spanish composer Luis Miguel Cobo, which takes its inspiration from the Caribbean sounds as well as Puccini, with libretto by French-Indian writer Karthika Nair and designs by Ryan Laight, Mariposa is performed by the diverse international cast of DeNada Dance Theatre, a UK Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards nominee in the category of Best Independent Company.  

“Unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing”

The Guardian  

Mariposa has been commissioned by Birmingham Dance Hub and Spin Arts, with further support from DanceXchange and the British Council. The creation and tour of Mariposa is also funded by Arts Council England.  

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Thu 30 Sep 21
Fri 01 Oct 21

Key Information

Running time: Approx. 1 hour 30 mins (including interval)  

Age guidance: 12+ (due to scenes and content of a sexual nature)

90 minutes
Full Price: £14.00, Conc: £12.00, Under 25's: £8.00, Groups: £8.00
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Suitable For

Patrick Studio

The Patrick Studio is located within the Birmingham Hippodrome with a generous gift from The Patrick Trust. An adaptable studio theatre seating just over 200 people, it is fully accessible with air-conditioning and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

The Patrick Studio is home to DanceXchange, one of Birmingham Hippodrome’s partner organisations, and a national centre of excellence for dance. The Patrick Studio is used for research, rehearsing and creating new work, professional development, education and performance.


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