English National Ballet's stunning new Giselle, choreographed by Akram Khan, with Vincenzo Lamagna's score performed by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, transports the classical ballet’s tale of love, betrayal and redemption to the 21st century.
The peasants of the story are now outcast migrant factory workers; and the essential themes of class and dislocation have a bracing contemporary relevance.
Khan's daring aesthetic is is carried beautifully by English National Ballet's celebrated company of dancers, evident in sensational ensemble work and intensely intimate duets.
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 with nearly 100 artists and crew travelling here along with a monumental set designed by Oscar-winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
Years 9-13: Dance, Music
Schools tickets $20
Dates: Thursday 1 & Friday 2 March at 7.30pm
A masterpiece of 21st century dance.— Mail on Sunday