Come and experience a touch tour and the audio described performance of this masterpiece of 21 century dance.
Sunday 4 March 5pm
Touch tour 3.30pm (meet in the Box Cafe, Aotea Centre at 3.20pm)
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.
Khan's daring aesthetic is carried beautifully by English National Ballet's 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 Lamagna's haunting new score.
2hrs 20mins inc. interval
Tickets $20 each for individual and companion
Please email the completed form to [email protected] or phone 09 374 0310 if you would like assistance on booking, transport advice or to request a companion ticket
Download the programme for Giselle here. Souvenir programmes are available to purchase at the performances.
English National Ballet
Artistic Director of English National Ballet: Tamara Rojo
Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan
Visual and Costume Design: Tim Yip
Music after the original score (Adolphe Adam): Vincenzo Lamagna
Lighting Design: Mark Henderson
Dramaturgy: Ruth Little
Assistant Choreographer: Andrej Petrovic
Rehearsal Director: Mavin Kho
Score Orchestration: Gavin Sutherland
With support from
Platinum Patron Sir James Wallace - The Wallace Foundation
A masterpiece of 21st century dance.— Mail on Sunday