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July 24, 2009

Behind the scenes at Madama Butterfly – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Madama Butterfly is a touching love story about a beautiful geisha woman, Butterfly, and an American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton.

I recently got the opportunity to shoot behind the scenes at the Madama Butterfly opera at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

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It was the most amazing experience to see the show on opening night and then spend two nights shooting backstage.

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Watching the actors and actresses transform into character was fascinating and it didn’t take long for people to forget I was there and for me to start capturing the “real” images.

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The make-up and costumes were amazing and it was incredible to see all the talented people working hard to ensure the show’s success.

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Well done to the whole team and thanks for the opportunity.

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See more of Mark’s photography on his website: www.markkalkwarf.com/.

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Images © Mark Kalkwarf 2009

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