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  • Opportunity to see popular romantic ballet at theatre

    Henry James

    FOLLOWING its sold out, critically acclaimed run last year, Akram Khan’s Giselle returns this autumn with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

    Hailed as “a masterpiece of 21st century dance” (Mail on Sunday), Khan’s Giselle is one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. Last season over 40,000 people saw Akram Khan’s reimagined Giselle performed on tour.

    Akram Khan’s Giselle will be at the Liverpool Empire from Wednesday 25 to Saturday, October 28.

    His first full length ballet, Akram Khan’s Giselle will see Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip, known for his work on the hit film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, create the set and costumes, while composer Vincenzo Lamagna will create an adaptation of the original score, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

    Giselle will also see lighting design from Mark Henderson. English National Ballet and Akram Khan previously collaborated together on the award-winning piece Dust, part of its Lest We Forget programme.

    Artistic director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, said: “From the beginning of my tenure as artistic director I have expressed my commitment to keeping the classics relevant.

    “When I decided I wanted to bring Giselle, one of the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire, into the 21st century there was only one choreographer I believe had both the knowledge of tradition and creativity necessary for this task.

    “I am incredibly excited that Akram accepted this challenge. I believe this will be a very important step for the whole art form.”

    Award-winning choreographer and dancer, Akram Khan said: “I am eager to start the creation of Giselle for English National Ballet. 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.

    “I am still nostalgic from the experience of creating Dust in the Lest We Forget programme, and am now even more energized to discover the world of Giselle.”


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