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English National Ballet & Akram Khan / OPL

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WITH 46 DANCERS Introduction to the show by the artistic team 1/2 hour before every show.
Meet the artistic team after the second performance.

The Grand Théâtre and Akram Khan have a successful history that stretches back more than a decade and this time Luxembourg audiences are in for a real treat as English National Ballet brings Khan's largest project to date to the Grand Théâtre, accompanied by live music from the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Khan always dazzles audiences with his spectacular works that blend outstanding dance, enthralling visuals with very human storytelling. But it takes someone as bold as him to dare to reimagine one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, yet this is exactly what he does with Giselle - and very successfully so.

The iconic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been given a haunting reinterpretation with stunning costumes and set by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip ( Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ), an "ominous, gothic"  (The Observer) adaptation of Adolphe Adam's original score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna, dramaturgy by Ruth Little and lighting design by Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson.

Critics have exalted praise on this production, calling it a thrilling masterpiece and a classic of the 21st century that successfully marries both the contemporary and the classical with a stunning result. Set among a community of migrant workers, who have been cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory, Albrecht is from a privileged group of landlords and factory owners. To match the setting, the ballet's heroine has undergone profound change, but what remains is the starkly opposed themes of love and betrayal, of reality and the supernatural, which give strength to the narrative. The exploration of the underlying issue of power is one that exposes the gulf of money and class that separates the aristocrats from the peasants, and that dooms lovers Albrecht and Giselle's life to one of tragedy.

Giselle is the first full-length ballet choreographed by Khan; he previously collaborated with the English National Ballet on the award-winning piece Dust .

Among other awards, Giselle has recently won the Olivier Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance" (English National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Akram Khan's Giselle and She Said at Sadler's Wells), the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for "Best Classical Choreography" (Akram Khan for Akram Khan's Giselle for English National Ballet) and the Tanz Magazine Award for Production of the Year.

» Giselle [is] an unforgettable night of contemporary ballet that grips, devastates and hangs in the air even after the curtain falls on the lone figure of Albrecht, exiled from love and life: just a handprint on an unforgiving wall.  The Reviews Hub, Peter Jacobs

» Akram Khan's Giselle is thrilling, modern and alive. The Sunday Times, David Jays

» Staggeringly beautiful and utterly devastating, it is an electrifying triumph which any dance or theatre fan must not miss. Express Online, Stefan Kyriazis
» Khan's choreography has never looked better. Working with such finely tuned ballet dancers has given his movement more uplift. The Times, Debra Craine

» Akram Khan's stunning re-imagining is destined to become a contemporary classic. The Stage, Roger Foss

Direction & Choreography Akram Khan
Musical Direction Gavin Sutherland
Visual & Costume Design Tim Yip
Music Vincenzo Lamagna
after the original score by Adolphe Adam
Lighting Design Mark Henderson
Dramaturgy Ruth Little
Assistant Choreographer Andrej Petrovic
Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo
Score Orchestration Gavin Sutherland
Sound Designer Yvonne Gilbert Orchestra Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Co-produced by Manchester International Festival & Sadler's Wells (London)
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the Giselle production syndicate. The role of Giselle is generously supported by Carol Brigstocke. Performances in Luxembourg in collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Jeudi 27  JUIN 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Vendredi 28  JUIN 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Samedi 29  JUIN 2019 à 15h00 (tickets)
à 20h00 (tickets)
DURÉE 1h35 & entracte Introduction to the show by the artistic team 1/2 hour before every show.
Thursady 27th June at 7.30pm
Introduction held by Tamara Rojo Friday 28th June at 7.30pm
Introduction held by Gerry Cornelius Saturday 29th June at 2.30pm
Introduction held by Gavin Sutherland Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm
Introduction held by Jane Haworth   Meet the artistic team after the second performance. Adultes 25 €, 20 €, 15 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Grande Salle
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Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman

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