Reimagined classic heads to screens

How ENB found a global audience for Giselle

Hailed as a masterpiece of 21st century dance, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to TV screens.

English National Ballet performs Akram Khan’s Giselle, the award-winning reimagining of one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time.

See the production on the BBC

Akram Khan’s Giselle will be broadcast on BBC Four on 31 March at 7pm.

The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption is retold by choreographer Akram Khan, with sets and costumes by academy award-winning designer Tim Yip, and an adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s original score created by composer Vincenzo Lamagna and performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics since its premiere at Manchester International Festival in 2016, English National Ballet’s production has toured around the UK and been performed in Hong Kong, Ireland and New Zealand. This English National Ballet Production was supported by The Space and filmed live in 2017 at The Liverpool Empire and was directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon.

In Akram Khan’s critically acclaimed production, Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, dances the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory.

Crystal Costa from English National Ballet in Akram Khan's Giselle pic Laurent Liotardo

Crystal Costa in Akram Khan’s Giselle pic Laurent Liotardo

Giselle was seen in cinemas across the UK in 2018 (from 25 April) Find out where it was.

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