Creature

International Tour
Approx. 2 hours including
1 interval
A new ballet by Akram Khan, his second full-length production for English National Ballet.

Following the pivotal impact of Dust and Giselle, Akram Khan returns to English National Ballet for his third collaboration with us.

In a dilapidated former Arctic research station, the Creature has been conscripted by a military brigade into a bold new experimental programme. He is being tested for his mental and physical ability to adapt to extreme cold, isolation and homesickness; vital qualities in mankind’s proposed colonisation of the ‘final frontiers’ on earth and beyond.

★★★★★ “Superb… A tight-wound drama that never lets up. [Khan] piles up themes and imagery into a monumental whole.”
The Independent

Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.

“The outcast, the stranger, have been a common theme in my work”, says Khan. “In Creature, I am looking further into the areas related to the sense of abandonment, rage and loss.”

Khan is joined by a brilliant creative team of Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, composer and sound designer Vincenzo Lamagna, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.

A co-production between English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (OBV)
Co-producers; Sadler’s Wells, London

Nominated for the FEDORA VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2019

Main Image – Dancer: Jeffrey Cirio. Photo © Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson
This performance contains flashing lights, loud music, haze effects, themes of suicide and death, and depictions of sexual violence and abuse.

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

See casting for all dates

Jeffrey Cirio

Creature

Erina Takahashi

Marie

Stina Quagebeur

Doctor

Henry Dowden

Captain

James Streeter

Major

Victor Prigent

Andres

CREATIVE TEAM

Akram Khan

Direction and Choreography

Vincenzo Lamagna

Original Music and Sound Design

James Keane

Orchestration

Tim Yip

Visual and Costume Design

Michael Hulls

Lighting Design

Ruth Little

Dramaturgy

Andrej Petrovic

Assistant Choreographer

Mavin Khoo

Repetiteur and Coaching of Principals

Nicola Henshall

Rehearsal Director

Yvonne Gilbert

Sound System Designer

Credits

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Harris Theater, Chicago, Thu 24 February 2022, 7.30pm

Jeffrey Cirio

Creature

Erina Takahashi

Marie

Stina Quagebeur

Doctor

Henry Dowden

Captain

James Streeter

Major

Victor Prigent

Andres

Harris Theater, Chicago, Fri 25 February 2022, 7.30pm

Jeffrey Cirio

Creature

Erina Takahashi

Marie

Stina Quagebeur

Doctor

Henry Dowden

Captain

James Streeter

Major

Victor Prigent

Andres

Harris Theater, Chicago, Sat 26 February 2022, 2pm

Aitor Arrieta

Creature

Emily Suzuki

Marie

Emma Hawes

Doctor

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Captain

Joseph Caley

Major

Rentaro Nakaaki

Andres

Harris Theater, Chicago, Sat 26 February 2022, 7.30pm

Jeffrey Cirio

Creature

Fernanda Oliveira

Marie

Stina Quagebeur

Doctor

Henry Dowden

Captain

James Streeter

Major

Noam Durand

Andres