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Carlos Pons - Mariposa
Carlos Pons - Mariposa

 Mariposa: a Transgender Tragedy Inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly

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.

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 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.

Previous praise for DeNada Dance Theatre:
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ The Stage

“Unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing” The Guardian
“Olé.” Financial Times
“Highly entertaining” Dance Europe

Running time: Approx. 1 hour 30 mins (including interval)
Age guidance: 12+ due to scenes and content of a sexual nature

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