Choreographer Akram Khan, Giselle for English National Ballet
Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of Giselle for English National Ballet
One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan and sees Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) create the set and costumes, while musician, composer, and producer Vincenzo Lamagna creates an adaptation of the original score by Adolphe Adam, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Giselle also sees dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson. English National Ballet and Akram Khan previously collaborated together on the award-winning piece Dust, part of its Lest We Forget programme.
“When I decided I wanted to bring Giselle, one of the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire, into the 21st Century there was only one choreographer I believe had both the knowledge of tradition and creativity necessary for this task. I am incredibly excited that Akram accepted this challenge. I believe this will be a very important step for the whole art form and I hope it will make this beautiful classic relevant to new audiences.” Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet
“I am eager to start the creation of Giselle. It is a beautiful and iconic piece, and I am looking forward to bringing my own take, together with my collaborators and the wonderful English National Ballet dancers. I am still nostalgic from the experience of creative Dust, in the Lest We Forget programme, and am now even more energised to discover the world of Giselle”. Akram Khan, Choreographer
27 Sep – 19 Nov, 2016.
Tickets & Tour Dates
Palace Theatre Manchester
27 September 2016 – 1 October 2016
18 October 2016 – 22 October 2016
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
26 October 2016 – 29 October 2016