Five reasons why Giselle is going to be amazing
One of the greatest romantic ballets offered a new vision through Akram Khan. In this haunting version, Giselle is a migrant garment factory worker, who dies after discovering her lover Albrecht is betrothed to another. Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis (ghosts of female factory workers who seek revenge for the wrongs done to them in life), summons Giselle from her lifeless body into the realm of death to join the company of the merciless Wilis.
With a storied career in dance that includes creating a critically lauded piece for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony and being awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005, Akram Khan is one of the UK's most respected and celebrated dance artists. His version of Giselle is both reverential to the original while pushing the material forward in innovative ways.
Under the guidance and leadership of artistic director, Tamara Rojo, the English National Ballet have solidified their status as one of the most dynamic and creative ballet groups in the world. Their abilities have had a transformative effect on Giselle, their abilities being a huge part of why this is such a captivating production.
With a name like Tim Yip attached to a production, you know it's going to be pretty special. His CV is unparalleled – working with some of the biggest names in film and stage – a highlight being Yip's Oscar win for his work in art direction on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as the British Academy Film Award for Best Costume Designer in 2001.
It's official – critics love Giselle. The New York Times calling it "a beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic" and The Times stating that Giselle is “earthbound, visceral, feral and intense, and moulded with a sculptural beauty." As well as being a highlight for critics around the world, the production has won two National Dance awards for Best Classical Choreography and Outstanding Classical Performance, female: Alina Cojocaru.