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
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, prima ballerina 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.