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

The Production

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 



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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. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

Giselle is the first Trailblazer for The Factory, the flagship cultural centre in Manchester led by MIF in partnership with Manchester City Council. The Trailblazer series offers a glimpse of The Factory’s programme ahead of its opening in 2020, exemplifying the energy, ambition and scale of the work to be made in this remarkable new space.

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 we welcome everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.