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ENB in Akram Khan’s Giselle

National tour opens Manchester, 27th September

After working with Tamara Rojo’s rejuvenated English National Ballet on the award-winning Dust, visionary choreographer Akram Khan is teaming up with the company again to give us his take on classic ballet Giselle. Rival company the Royal Ballet has recently received ecstatic reviews for its production of the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another, largely thanks to the performance of star ballerina Natalia Osipova. Tamara Rojo, herself playing Giselle in this new production for ENB, won’t want to be outdone. Also on board is Oscar-winning designer Tim Yip, best known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. But it’s very much Khan’s show and he’s best known for his fusion of Western contemporary dance with the Indian classical dance form Kathak, perhaps most memorably in the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Whether he’ll bring this same fusion to his reimagining of Giselle is still unclear. But won’t it be a thrill if he does?

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