Madama Butterfly

An international rewrite with yellow butterflies, avatars and sailor moon. 

In her latest work, the young Japanese director and writer Satoko Ichihara takes on Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly”: a young geisha is married to an American officer. He impregnates her — and disappears shortly afterwards. She later learns that he has remarried and commits suicide. Ichihara turns the tables in her adaptation, developed with Theater Neumarkt, and tells the story from the point of view of the single mother. She asks, for example, how the foreign relates to Japanese ideals of beauty.

Language English, German, Japanese (with German and English subtitles)

Commissioned by Theater Neumarkt (Zürich), Makiko Yamazato for Q Theatre Company (Tokyo)
Co-production Q Theatre Company (Tokyo), Zürcher Theater Spektakel & Theater Neumarkt
Supported by Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka)


Yan Balistoy, Brandy Butler, Sascha Ö. Soydan, Kyōko Takenaka

Production Team

Text & Regie: Satoko Ichihara

Dolmetscherin: Kanoko Tamura

Dramaturgie: Tine Milz

Regieassistenz: Sarah Calörtscher

Bühnenbild & Kostüm: Stefan Britze

Ausstattungsassistenz: Umaj Barth

Videokünstler & Avatare: Juan Ferrari

Videohospitanz / Animationen: Sara Bissen

Englische Übersetzung: Aya Ogawa

Produktionsleitung: Stéphane Noël (Materialise)

Satoko Ichihara

Kanoko Tamura

Tine Milz

Sarah Calörtscher

Stefan Britze

Juan Ferrari