The iconic ballet, reimagined.
The emotional power and visual thrill.
"A beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic."
New York Times
“It may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century dance.”
Mail on Sunday
“I am working with these very technically strong, classically trained dancers from the ballet world, what is interesting is that my dance vocabulary looks different. I am trying to retain the essence of it, but I am also trying to emphasize the strength of the ballet body.”
Direction & Choreography
“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 is a very important step for the whole art form and I hope it will make this beautiful classic relevant to new audiences.”
One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full-length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan.
The iconic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been given a haunting reinterpretation with stunning costumes and set by 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, dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson.
28-30.6.2018 (Thu-Sat) 7:45pm
30.6.2018 (Sat) 2:45pm
$880, 680, 520, 360, 200
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The running time of each performance is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.
Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers and audiences who leave their seats during the performance will only be admitted to their own seats during the intermission.
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“The whole ballet is magnificently danced and it is, I think, a gift for ENB.”
“Earthbound, visceral, feral and intense, and moulded with a sculptural beauty.”
“A remarkable production performed by some of the best dancers in the world.”
Manchester Evening News
“A beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic.”
New York Times
English National Ballet
Founded in 1950, English National Ballet aims to bring world-class ballet to audiences and honour the tradition of great classical ballet while embracing change, evolving the art form for future generations and encouraging audiences to deepen their appreciation of it. Bold and ambitious, English National Ballet is one of the UK’s most exciting and creative ballet groups, while remaining committed to its original aspiration of taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, through its national and international tours, and offering innovative learning and engagement programmes such as Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, the group stands for artistic excellence and creativity, introducing innovative new works to the repertoire while continuing to honour traditional ballet. The group was named Winner of the Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company at the 2014 and 2016 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. It also received the Manchester Theatre Awards’ Robert Robson Award for Dance for three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. It has become the Associate Ballet Company of Sadler’s Wells (London) in 2014.
Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo
Tamara Rojo was appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet in 2012. She combines this role with her dancing career, performing as Lead Principal with the group.
Within six months of joining English National Ballet in 1997, Rojo was promoted to Principal, and went on to dance the full range of the group’s principal roles. Her performances as Clara in The Nutcracker broke all box office records at the London Coliseum and The Times named her ‘Dance Revelation of the Year’. She then joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal at the invitation of Sir Anthony Dowell shortly after her highly acclaimed Guest Artist debut with the group in Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle, and danced there for 12 years. Rojo received numerous awards including the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production; Spain’s three highest Honours: The Prince of Asturias Award, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts and Encomienda de Número de Isabel la Católica; the Benois de la Danse Award; Critics’ Circle National Dance Award; Barclay’s Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award; Positano Dance Award; Leonide Massine Premio al Valore; the Italian Critic’s Award; and from the City of Madrid, both the International Medal of the Arts and the Interpretation Award. She was awarded a CBE for her services to ballet in the 2016 UK New Year’s Honours.
Choreographer: Akram Khan
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. His previous collaborators include 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, writer Hanif Kureishi 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.
Khan is the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. He was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells (London) and Curve (Leicester).
Music Director: Gavin Sutherland
Gavin Sutherland has held the position of Pianist and Staff Conductor with Northern Ballet Theatre from 1992 to 1998. He has featured as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and has also guest conducted for New National Ballet of Japan, Norwegian National Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, New Adventures and South African Ballet Theatre. In June 2008, he was appointed Music Director of English National Ballet, becoming Principal Conductor in 2010. He has conducted the group on both national and international tours, and has also contributed orchestrations to the group for their productions. In August 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Light Music Society, and also being responsible for Library of Light Orchestral Music to actively promote the performance of light music all over the world.
Sutherland has made over ninety recordings, predominantly with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, for labels such as Decca, ASV/Sanctuary, Universal, Sony, Warner Classics, Naxos Records’ Marco Polo imprint, Dutton-Vocalion, Campion and Heritage.
Visual & Costume Design: Tim Yip
A renowned artist, Tim Yip has multidisciplinary works in costume and art direction, and visual and contemporary art. For his work in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Tim won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the British Academy Film Award for Best Costume Designer in 2001.
Tim graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Since working on his first film A Better Tomorrow directed by John Woo in 1986, he has accomplished costume design and art direction for many films and theatrical performances over the past three decades. Tim has collaborated with many film directors of international acclaim including John Woo and Ang Lee, etc. He has also worked with Taiwanese theatrical groups, such as Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Contemporary Legend Theatre, Han Tang Yue-fu Dance Ensemble and others, with performances.
Laurence Olivier Award Winner
Direction & Choreography
Laurence Olivier Award Winner
Visual & Costume Design
Oscar Award Winner
Music, after the original score by Adolphe Adam
Tony Award Winner
Kenneth Tynan Award Winner
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
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