Direction and choreography: Akram Khan
Visual and Costume Design: Tim Yip
Music: Vincenzo Lamagna (after the original score of Adolphe Adam)
Orchestration: Gavin Sutherland
Lighting design: Mark Henderson
Dramaturgy: Ruth Little
Assistant choreographer: Andrej Petrovic
Rehearsal director: Mavin Khoo
Sound designer: Yvonne Gilbert
Performed by: English National Ballet
Main cast: Giselle – Tamara Rojo, Albrecht – James Streeter, Hilarion – Jeffrey Cirio, Myrtha – Stina Quagebeur, Bathilde – Begoña Cao, Landlord – Fabian Reimair
Duration: 1 h 55 min
“It may well rank as a masterpiece of the 21st century dance” – The Mail on Sunday.
One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, “Giselle” is the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan. The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been reimagined in this stunning new version, with sets and costumes by the Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), an “ominous, gothic” (The Observer) adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s original score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna and performed by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from the Tony winning Mark Henderson. The English National Ballet and Akram Khan previously collaborated together on the award-winning piece “Dust”, a part of the Lest We Forget programme.
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated dance artists today, building his reputation on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and profoundly moving productions such as Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees. As an instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from cultures and disciplines such as the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. A highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.