Akram Khan‘s Giselle
Akram Khan's Giselle · English National Ballet · UK Tour 2016/17

Reviews

Alina Cojocaru (Giselle), Isaac Hernández (Albrecht) and Artists of English National Ballet. Photo: Laurent Liotardo


★★★★★ - THE INDEPENDENT
“Akram Khan’s new Giselle is a work of immense confidence and scouring anger.”

“It proves to be a triumph.”

“English National Ballet dance this Giselle with total conviction, from Rojo’s stubborn heroine to the driven, driving corps de ballet.”

 

★★★★ – THE EVENING STANDARD
“This is an epic Giselle, and a triumph.”

 

★★★★★ - MAIL ON SUNDAY
'it may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century dance'

‘very special indeed.’


★★★★★ - THE STAGE
‘A sensational and sensuous 21st century Giselle

‘Akram Khan’s stunning re-imagining is destined to become a contemporary classic.’

 

★★★★★ - MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
‘An extraordinary, landmark production’

‘A remarkable production performed by some of the best dancers in the world.’

‘Akram Khan’s thrilling, virile choreography excites and marries both the contemporary with the classical.’

 

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN
‘The whole ballet is magnificently danced and it is, I think, a gift for ENB.’

 

★★★★ – THE TIMES
''It’s the sensational group dances that resonate most... earthbound, visceral, feral and intense, and moulded with a sculptural beauty.'

'Khan’s choreography has never looked better. Working with such finely tuned ballet dancers has given his movement more uplift.'

‘You may be struck by the emotional power and visual thrill of Khan’s new version of English National Ballet.’

 

NEW YORK TIMES
'Bravo to the entire company, which performs with impressive commitment'

'The ballet is a beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic'

'In Alina Cojocaru... Mr. Khan has found an interpreter who so fully inhabits the choreography that it seems to breathe through her body.'

'Combines earthy, rooted physicality with balletic grace and power.'

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES
'Akram Khan’s Giselle is thrilling, modern and alive'

'Alina Cojocaru creates a heroine of shattering resilience, force and defiance.'

'Khan triumphantly nails the core of the old story and makes it speak to an itinerant new world.'

'The first act may be the most thrilling hour of dance I’ve seen all year.'

 

★★★★★ – BACHTRACK
“The invention, clarity and freshness of the choreography is breathtaking throughout, made even more so by outstanding performance.” 

“I have never seen so many creative and exciting ways to move dancers across and around a stage.”

“The whole company were excellent, especially the women as the Wilis:  terrifyingly half-alive and all evil, precise and horrific.”

 

MATURE TIMES
“Khan’s re-interpretation is a highly dramatic experience, a major event, a modern classic in the making.” 

“The opening choreography, powerful, earthy, classic and Kathak, is relentless, threatening and thrillingly energetic.”

 

MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS
‘In the hands of choreographer, Akram Khan [Giselle] feels not so much re-imagined as revolutionised in a way that takes not only this ballet, but the art form itself in an exciting new direction.’

 

EXEUNT MAGAZINE
'Sheer perfection'

'The attention it pays to evolving, distorting and morphing the original into something new feels like an act of upmost respect and devotion.'

'It is on that list of ‘The best things I have ever seen in a theatre’.'

 

THE WESTON MERCURY
'English National Ballet took my breath away with its creative choreography and beautifully-scored music'

'The intensity and sheer talent of the dancers left me in awe.'

 

THE REVIEWS HUB
‘The music has been similarly reimagined by Vincenzo Lamagna, who has created a new score of satisfyingly loud electronic noise and rhythm that has the original Adolphe Adam score drifting within, occasionally breaking fully through at emotional key points. The score blends seamlessly with the live English National Ballet Philharmonic, conducted by Gavin Sutherland – who also orchestrated the new version – to create an epic and cinematic ebb and flow of music and sound and silence.’

‘Akram Khan’s Giselle is an exciting, massive, thrilling, emotionally-impactful new piece of theatre, and it leaves you with the feeling that you have witnessed something significant.’


THE OBSERVER
'A modern classic in the making'

 

NORTH SOMERSET TIMES
‘Haunting yet moving’