Akram Khan's Giselle

27 Sep 2016 – 19 Nov 2016


Palace Theatre Manchester

27 Sep 2016 – 1 Oct 2016

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Bristol Hippodrome

18 Oct 2016 – 22 Oct 2016

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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

26 Oct 2016 – 29 Oct 2016

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Sadler's Wells, London

15 Nov 2016 – 19 Nov 2016

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Co-produced by Manchester International Festival and Sadler's Wells, London

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the Giselle Production Syndicate

One of the most anticipated dance events of 2016.

Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle for English National Ballet.

The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption is given a new interpretation, with Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creating a stunning set design, and composer Ben Frost adapting the original score, which will be performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Giselle is a ballet that lives in both the real and spiritual world: this is why I thought it would be particularly appropriate for Akram Khan, whose work often represents those two worlds” says Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of 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", says Akram Khan. "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".

Don’t miss this unique version of the classic story.

“English National Ballet’s dancers take on Khan’s contemporary style with devoted care. It’s dancing full of pain and power.”
The Independent on Dust

“A sublime masterpiece that sears itself in the memory”
Mail On Sunday on Dust

Akram Khan's Giselle has been listed as one of the must-see cultural events of 2016 by The Independent, Times, Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday.

English National Ballet will also perform Mary Skeaping’s classic version of Giselle in January 2017 - read more .

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Direction and choreography by Akram Khan
Music by Adolphe Adam
Score adaptation and original music by Ben Frost
Visual design and costumes by Tim Yip
Lighting design by Mark Henderson
Dramaturgy by Ruth Little 
Assistant Choreographer: Andrej Petrovic
Rehearsal Director: Mavin Khoo

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