The Iconic Ballet, Reimagined by acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan for English National Ballet
World Premiere, Palace Theatre, Manchester September 2016.
One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan with set and costumes by Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and music by Vincenzo Lamagna after Adolphe Adam's original score, 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 is 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
About English National Ballet
English National Ballet brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience - delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. We aspire to be the United Kingdom’s most exciting and creative ballet company.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, the Company stands for artistic excellence and creativity. We honour the tradition of great classical ballet while embracing change, evolving the art form for future generations and encouraging audiences to deepen their appreciation of it.
About Akram Khan Company
In just over fifteen years, Akram Khan Company has established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world.
Embracing an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Indian kathak form and contemporary dance, Akram Khan has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed work that ranges from classical and modern solos to artist-to-artist collaborations and company productions.
The Company has a major international presence and enjoys busy tours that reach out to many cultures and peoples across the globe.
About Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK. The next one takes place 4 – 21 July 2019, including commissions and events from Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, Skepta and Janelle Monáe.
Giselle was commissioned as a Trailblazer for The Factory, the landmark cultural space being developed in Manchester,led by MIF in partnership with Manchester City Council. It was the first in a series of pre-Factory events being presented ahead of the building’s opening in 2021, which illustrate the variety, ambition and scale of work that will be created there.
For more information about MIF and The Factory visit the website: mif.co.uk
About Sadler’s Wells, London
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.
Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels.
Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today.
It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances.
Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells.