English National Ballets stunning new production of Giselle, choreographed by dance superstar Akram Khan, with Vincenzo Lamagna's score performed by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, comes to New Zealand exclusively for the Auckland Arts Festival.
In acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan's vital reimagining of Giselle, the classical ballets tale of love, betrayal and redemption is transported to the 21st century; the peasants of the story are now outcast migrant factory workers; and the essential themes of class and dislocation are given a bracing contemporary relevance.
Khans daring aesthetic is carried beautifully by English National Ballets celebrated company of dancers. Their feats range from sensational large-scale group dances to intensely intimate performances in the ballets memorable second act, where Giselle returns from the supernatural underworld with other spirits seeking revenge on their lovers.
Under the vision of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, this bold commission also boasts an impressive sense of scale. It's a massive production of a kind rarely seen in New Zealand and only possible within the context of Auckland Arts Festival, with nearly 100 artists and crew travelling here along with a monumental set designed by Oscar-winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Our own Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will bring to life Vincenzo Lamagnas haunting new score.
Highly visual performance: Introductory notes in NZSL video available for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons. Click HERE for more details.
A masterpiece of 21st century dance.— Mail on Sunday