Since its premiere in 2016, Akram Khan’s re-imagining of Giselle has moved audiences worldwide (live, in cinemas, on DVD/Blu-ray and on TV). Here is a little of what they shared about the production.
Toe shoes have never been so menacing and thrilling. Primal, visceral, terrifying, exquisite, tender, violent, gorgeous, exhilarating, fantastic, intense, loud, poignant, brilliant #englishnationalballet #giselle @HarrisTheater @ENBallet pic.twitter.com/9ybow3Lt1W
— Richard Hoskins (@OrganistRBH) March 1, 2019
Akram Khan’s Giselle… breathtaking, exciting, and most impressively “outside the box”!! Love it!! Sneak peek below…. https://t.co/1USLqfgsth
— Harshini B. R. (@Impetpix) February 15, 2019
I just saw @ENBallet Akram Khan’s Giselle in the cinema. It was just as special as seeing it live, a new more poignant perspective. Absolutely loved it
— Amy Collins 🌹🍁🌻 (@amyc1993) May 23, 2018
Just saw Akram Khan’s Giselle with @ENBallet in the cinema and OH BOY was it spine-chillingly beautiful. The best thing I have seen for a long time.
— Sasha Rasmussen (@SashaRasmusse11) May 23, 2018
The best piece of theatre I've EVER seen. Moving, haunting and totally absorbing. I would watch Erik Woolhouse as Hilarion over and over..@ENBallet Akram Khan's Giselle: Discover the main characters | English National Ba… https://t.co/U3TVAHUAwX via @YouTube
— Ciara Gavin (@CiaraGavin2) May 18, 2018
I've never seen anything like Akram Khan’s Giselle. By far the most beautiful and powerful experience I've ever had in a theater. I can't wait to see more of @AkramKhanLive. Thank you @DublinDanceFest for bringing this masterpiece to Dublin.
— Ana y Belén (@anab) May 7, 2018
Akram Khan's Giselle in one word… breathtaking! I have never seen an audience so transfixed. WOW! @ENBallet
— Amy Nix (@TheNixFix) May 6, 2018
Tremendous opening last night for @DublinDanceFest from @ENBallet with Akram Khan's Giselle. Electric choreography, score, performances from the company of 40 dancers & @rte_co. Class division, oppression, love, betrayal and yearning – all there. #DDF18 https://t.co/xq2jLUmTNv
— Helen Meany (@Helen_Meany) May 3, 2018
Akram Khan’s Giselle is one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching performances I’ve ever witnessed on a stage, ever. A completely spellbinding experience. Bravo @ENBallet Go see @BGETheatre til Sunday 6 May.
— Michelle Beatty (@ChelleyBee) May 2, 2018
I realise it hasn’t officially kicked off yet, but I’m putting my stake in the ground and saying that Akram Khan’s Giselle is the must-see event of the @Aklfestival. An incredible, visceral performance. The choreography, the music, the set – it all blew my mind.
— Tiana (@Tweet_Ti) March 1, 2018
— Mrs Kissock (@AccDance) October 26, 2017
Just been to see the Blade Runner of ballets there: Akram Khan's Giselle. It was a beautiful, romantic, dystopian masterpiece.
— A Sullen Goose (@anngrindley) October 25, 2017
Completely blown away by Akram Khan's Giselle. Every single beat, movement, gesture, note, photon of light is perfectly threaded together.
— Anna Starkey (@annastarkey) September 24, 2017
just tear my heart out already. act one of akram khan's Giselle, by the @ENBallet, was so devastatingly beautiful.
— rachel (@vmpiremoonwitch) September 22, 2017
— Icaro Kosak (@ikosak) November 20, 2016
— Matt Cain (@MattCainWriter) November 19, 2016
Wow. I'm not really into dance but Akram Khan's Giselle at @Sadlers_Wells is a complete rollercoaster. Utterly mesmerising.
— Katie Harrison (@harrisonkt_) November 18, 2016
— Marta Perez (@mperezsainero) November 17, 2016
— Caroline McHugh (@CHIEFIDOLOGIST) November 17, 2016
— Eva zu Beck (@evabiankaz) November 16, 2016
— Catherine Duffy (@cat_duffy) November 16, 2016
— Ana (@AnaRunner1) November 15, 2016
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Akram Khan's Giselle @englishnationalballet. A performance to remember. I haven't had chills up my spine and actually cried at the ballet for the longest time. Some ballets slam you in the face with their sheer force of impact, others creep deep inside your gut, and stay with you. This was the latter. Here is something really special; not only was I drawn into this world, but I felt great hope, because I could see a future for ballet which had a resonance and relevance with the world we live in. Yes the great ballet fairytales have human themes at their crux, but it's hard to give story and characters depth and substance when there's the expectations of tradition to meet, from production to choreography. It's easier to relate to real human characters inhabiting a real human world, than a fairytale kingdom. This is one of the reasons I love the traditional Giselle. It's a real story of a real boy and girl in history. Khan transfers the essence of this tale to a modern day garment factory, where Giselle is one of the refugee workers. When Albrecht's aristocratic comrades emerge in vulgar over-refinery, it hit me hard. "Look at us, what we are doing to each other, how cruel we have become, blinded by greed". Khan's Giselle is a story of our time, the injustice that enacts itself daily, but hidden behind a wall created by impenetrable superpowers like the mass media, to ensure our lives are nice on the other side. So too it was a dystopian telling of what may be if we continue to allow our actions to be corrupted by this greed. Alina Cojocaru's beautifully told Giselle is the personification of the germ of innocent longing we all possess – a want for love, peace, and with bright hope despite the tumult of dark. It wasn't perfect: the story telling and character development in Act 1 is not fully fleshed out enough for us to truly feel for Giselle when she dies, or to feel contempt for Albrecht in his betrayal, or a morsel of sympathy for him in his despair. But the original Giselle ballet was remade many times before it settled into the one that has been protected and retold to this day. Khan's Giselle deserves this same rethinking, and protection…
Akram khan's Giselle is mind blowing. First act has just finished. I've never seen anything as wonderful as this is. Wow
— Matt Goddard (@godd4rd) October 28, 2016
— Matthew Austin (@mostin) October 21, 2016
Still on a massive high from seeing Akram Khan's Giselle @ENBallet. A spectacular masterpiece, every single moment was breathtaking.
— Jane Campbell-Howard (@societyjane) October 20, 2016
I'm burning up with the sheer brilliance & immense passions of Akram Khan's Giselle with ENB @BristolHipp – get a ticket at any cost
— Suzanne Rolt (@SuzanneRolt) October 18, 2016
I forgot to breathe several times whilst watching Akram Khan's Giselle last night – absolutely incredible! https://t.co/E0yO8y4vMm
— Holly Grange (@HollyGrange) October 2, 2016
— Tim Pinder (@PinderTim) September 30, 2016
I can't get Akram Khan's #Giselle out of my head from last night. Spectacular, radical, beautiful. Go!
— Julia Coulton (@juliacoulton) September 24, 2016
— Carmel Thomason (@CarmelThomason) September 27, 2016
Akram Khan’s ‘Giselle’ was so hauntingly beautiful – I was fixated! From the #choreography and # #emotion, to the #set and #lighting – it was so enthralling and magical. His choreography continues to #inspire me everyday ✨ @AkramKhanLive @ENBallet #Giselle pic.twitter.com/KABc1oQtes
— Isabel 🌸 (@isabelmdv_) March 31, 2019