Akram Khan's Giselle is
heading to Liverpool Empire Theatre
WINNER of the South Bank Sky Arts Award
for Dance, Akram Khan's Giselle comes to Liverpool for the 1st time, with
performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, over 25 October to 28 October
2017, following a critically acclaimed run in London.
Hailed as:- "a masterpiece of 21st
century dance," Khan's reimagining of the iconic Romantic ballet sees
Giselle as 1 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
re-imagined Giselle performed on tour.
His 1st full length ballet, Khan's Giselle
sees set and costume designs from Academy Award winning designer Tim Yip, known
for his work on the hit film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and an adaptation
of the original Adolphe Adam score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna, orchestrated by
Music Director, Gavin Sutherland and performed live by English National Ballet
Philharmonic. Giselle also features dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting
design from Mark Henderson.
To coincide with these performances English
National Ballet presents Giselle Explored, a series of collaborative dance
workshops that offer secondary school, college, and vocational students the
opportunity to creatively engage with Khan's reimagined Giselle, delving deeper
into the work and both the creative and production process. Teachers also
receive a comprehensive resource pack to encourage further dance and creative
work with their students beyond the workshop. To find out about Giselle Explored
and other workshops and events hosted by English National Ballet in Liverpool,
Did you know? The English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history.
Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia
Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of
ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world
class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and
international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including
Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet
Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice
and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes
such as English National Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's. Under the artistic
directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as
it introduces innovative new works to the Company's repertoire while continuing
to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.