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

[EN] 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

[DE] Als „sensationelle Wiederbelebung eines Klassikers“ preist tanz Akram Khans Giselle mit dem English National Ballet. Bei einer Kritikerumfrage der Fachzeitschrift wurde die Inszenierung des britisch-bengalischen Starchoreographen zur „Produktion des Jahres“ gekürt. Sein abendfüllendes Ballett kreierte Khan für das English National Ballet in London, dessen künstlerische Direktorin Tamara Rojo höchstpersönlich die Titelrolle tanzt. Khans Version des romantischen Ballettklassikers, uraufgeführt 1841, spielt in einer Kleiderfabrik, Giselle ist Textilarbeiterin. Für das Bühnen- und Kostüm-Design zeichnet Oscar-Preisträger Tim Yip verantwortlich (Tiger and Dragon, Bestes Szenenbild). Das Luxemburger Publikum, das Akram Khan bereits von zahlreichen Tanzabenden im Grand Théâtre kennt, erlebt die als „masterpiece of 21st century dance“ gehandelte Produktion als krönenden Abschluss der Tanzsaison. Die Partitur des Komponisten Vincenzo Lamagna nach der Original-Musik von Adolphe Adam spielt das Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL). 

» Akram Khan stürzt den Klassiker aus dem Märchenhimmel in die Wirklichkeit und zeigt, welche Destruktionskraft gesellschaftliche Hierarchien entfalten. Triumph auf ganzer Linie für den Choreographen, das English National Ballet und für seine Direktorin Tamara Rojo. tanz, Dorion Weickmann

» Selten hat man eine so kluge Neufassung von Giselle gesehen – und gehört. Neue Züricher Zeitung, Lilo Weber

[FR] Akram Khan et le Grand Théâtre ont une histoire commune heureuse qui remonte à plus de dix ans. Le revoilà avec une création ambitieuse: un travail commun avec l’English National Ballet, accompagné en direct par l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Si Akram Khan a toujours ébloui avec ses œuvres spectaculaires qui mélangent danse exceptionnelle, tableaux magnifiques et préoccupations très humaines, il a osé cette fois revisiter l’un des plus grands ballets romantiques de tous les temps: Giselle.

Cette histoire emblématique d’amour, de trahison et de rédemption donne lieu à une réinterprétation obsédante avec les superbes costumes et décors de Tim Yip, une adaptation «sinistre et gothique», par Vincenzo Lamagna, de la partition originale d’Adolphe Adam, une dramaturgie de Ruth Little et des lumières splendides de Tony Mark Henderson.

Les critiques ont salué cette production, la qualifiant déjà de classique pour le 21e siècle, pour la façon dont elle conjugue avec succès les danses contemporaine et classique. Giselle a été transposée dans l’univers social de travailleurs migrants licenciés, Albrecht appartenant, lui, au monde des possédants. Et cela sans porter atteinte aux thèmes essentiels.


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.

Thursday 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

Cast for the performances in Luxembourg

 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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