IMPERFECT DANCERS COMPANY brings to life “Madame Butterfly’s Son”, a powerful and extraordinary work of artistic expression, scenic design, and breathtaking orchestral music by Giacomo Puccini. The exquisite choreography captures the vulnerability of innocence by reinventing the power of tradition in the legendary story of heartbreak and betrayal seen through the eyes of Madame Butterfly’s Son, Dolore (Sorrow).
Sorrow finds a suitcase, containing a few items left from his past and the mother he never really knew. He embarks on a quest that leads him to discover Butterfly’s culture and traditions and unravels what drove her to her tragic demise. The forgotten story of the child of the tragic and timeless union at the heart of Puccini’s immortal opera will touch audiences around the world.
“…the enormous fortune and power of the performers and the emotional choreography by Walter Matteini made Madame Butterfly’s Son a unique piece that already earned its reputation as an international sensation.” Karlsruhe Gazette, November 2013.
“An emotional journey of great depth…” The Parma, Italy Gazette.
IMPERFECT DANCERS COMPANY was founded by Walter Matteini and Ina Broeckx in January 2009. Since its inception, this eight-strong contemporary dance company has proven tirelessly creative as it evolves, expands its repertoire, and delights audiences with its sensitive, original and compelling performances. In doing so, it has secured its rightful place in the artistic landscape.
The source of that creativity and what makes the company so different is its conscious diversity. As dancers and human beings we all start from imperfection constantly striving for the unattainable; individual and collective perfection. It is this paradox that is encapsulated in the company’s name.
In this pursuit of excellence and precision, IMPERFECT DANCERS COMPANY sets ever-higher standards and pushes itself to new pinnacles of achievement. In just five years, the Company has regularly toured throughout Europe [Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Belgium], and has taken its passionate and intensely physical repertoire to Africa, South America, Canada and the US. The Company has taken the passionate and intensely physical repertoire to Festival de danse de Cannes, Benefit Gala for the Alzheimer Stuttgart, Tanz-Tage Festival Regensburg, Kultur Tempel Festival Karlsruhe, Chutzpah Festival Vancouver, Cali International Dance Festival, Visa2Dance Tanzania, just to name a few. ImPerfect Dancers Company has been the resident dance company of the Pisa Opera and Ballet Theatre in Italy since the 2011 season.
Artistic Director Walter Matteini is a rapidly rising star of the European contemporary scene. His work is deeply human and accessible, energetic and emotional, and pushes past conventional interpretation and breathes fresh life into music and stories which inspire him. Co-Director and Co-Choreographer Ina Broeckx, a native of Belgium, has had an extraordinary career throughout Europe and is the Company’s costume and set designer as well as one of the dance members.
“Our choreographic language is intensely physical and athletic, and hinges on our quest to explore and understand the human soul in all its different facets. Our work seeks to create an emotional connection with the audience. While we usually draw inspiration from history and literature, our choice of themes is always guided by careful consideration of severe factors: the cultural depth, the potential to be developed in an original and modern fashion, the artistic interest and the emotions they evoke. When we translate our ideas into movement we always start with the music and then the sole purpose is to convey emotion.”
Mix brilliant dancers from around the world, the deep passion of Italy and the vision of one of the great emerging choreographers of the century. The result is the perfection of IMPERFECT DANCERS COMPANY, the most sought-after troupe from one of the world’s most inspired landscapes.