Sadler's Wells, London
22 Mar - 01 Apr
Approx. 2 hours including
1 interval
Akram Khan's powerful ballet

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.”

Following the pivotal impact of Dust and Giselle, Creature is Akram Khan’s third collaboration with English National Ballet. He 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

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.



Akram Khan

Direction and Choreography

Vincenzo Lamagna

Original Music and Sound Design

James Keane


Tim Yip

Visual and Costume Design

Michael Hulls

Lighting Design

Ruth Little


Andrej Petrovic

Assistant Choreographer

Mavin Khoo

Repetiteur and Coaching of Principals

Nicola Henshall

Rehearsal Director

Yvonne Gilbert

Sound System Designer


Meet the principal cast

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