Akram Khan’s Giselle Blu-ray


  • Acclaimed dancer-choreographer Akram Khan has reimagined Giselle for the 21st Century and, in the process, created one of its greatest dance works. Giselle (Tamara Rojo) has become a former garment factory migrant worker and Albrecht (James Streeter) a member of the wealthy factory-owning class. An abandoned ‘ghost factory’ haunted by the memory of female migrant workers, many of them victims of industrial accidents, replaces the traditional glade of Act II. There, Giselle’s desire to break the cycle of violence will lead her to reconciliation with Albrecht and his release from the retributive justice of the Wilis.

    Also available on DVD

    Giselle: Tamara Rojo
    Albrecht: James Streeter
    Hilarion: Jeffrey Cirio
    Bathilde: Begoña Cao
    Myrtha: Stina Quagebeur
    Landlord: Fabian Reimair
    Giselle's Friends: Adela Ramírez, Anjuli Hudson, Maria José
    Outcast Wilis: Artists of the Company

    English National Ballet Philharmonic
    Music Director & Orchestration: Gavin Sutherland
    Composition & Sound Design: Vincenzo Lamagna, after Adolphe Adam
    Direction & Choreography: Akram Khan

    Extra Features: The Creative Process; The Characters of Akram Khan’s Giselle; Creating the Costumes for Giselle; Interviews with Dramaturg Ruth Little, with Stina Quagebeur, James Streeter, and Madison Keesler, and with composer Vicenzo Lamagna

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: PCM 2.0 / 5.1 MA DTS
    Format: Blu-ray
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 125 mins
    Year: 2017

  • Reviews

    "This is an epic Giselle, and a triumph."
     Evening Standard

    "it may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century dance ... very special indeed." Mail on Sunday

    "It’s the sensational group dances that resonate most... earthbound, visceral, feral and intense, and moulded with a sculptural beauty. ... Khan’s choreography has never looked better." The Times

    "Giselle has been transformed for the ENB by Akram Khan into the ballet event of the year. Staggeringly beautiful and utterly devastating, it is an electrifying triumph which any dance or theatre fan must not miss."
     The Daily Express

    "Akram Khan’s new Giselle is a work of immense confidence and scouring anger. English National Ballet dance this Giselle with total conviction, from Rojo’s stubborn heroine to the driven, driving corps de ballet." The Independent

    "Bravo to the entire company, which performs with impressive commitment ... The ballet is a beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic" New York Times


    Olivier Awards 2017: Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Dance

    South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017: Winner - Award for Dance

    National Dance Awards 2017: Winner - Best Classical Choreography

    Manchester Theatre Awards 2017: Winner - Robert Robson Best Dance Production prize