New score, adapted from Adolphe Adam original by composer Vincenzo Lamagna.
Set and costumes by Tim Yip.
Performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Music director; Gavin Sutherland.
Dramaturgy; Ruth Little. Lighting design; Mark Henderson.
“When I decided I wanted to bring Giselle, one of the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire, into the 21st Century there was only one choreographer I believe had both the knowledge of tradition and creativity necessary for this task. I am incredibly excited that Akram accepted this challenge. I believe this will be a very important step for the whole art form and I hope it will make this beautiful classic relevant to new audiences.” Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet.
Southbank Sky Arts Awards 2015 – Tamara Rojo winning speech
â€śThis is a great honour and Iâ€™m deeply humbled by it. It is important to say that it is not an award for one individual, or even one team. It has been won by the whole company and I would like to pay tribute to and thank :~
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Liam Scarlett, George Williamson.
All our COLLABORATORS: Designers, particularly Bob Ringwood, Lighting designers, Composers and Costume makers.
The ORCHESTRA and MUSIC DIRECTOR, GAVIN SUTHERLAND, who is always up for everything and loves dance even more than me.
Our TECHNICAL TEAM, David Baxter, David Richardson and specially our technical director Al Riches, who always tells me all is ok even when I am seeing with my own eyes that it is falling apart, but somehow it is always alright in the end!
My DANCERS AND ARTISTIC TEAM, who embrace every challenge and deliver above all expectations.
TO ALL THE UNSUNG HEROES BEHIND THE SCENES, my Executive Director Caroline Thomson, producers, accountants, HR, development, marketing, costumes, hair and make-up outreach and education â€¦ You keep things going so we can all dream.
JUSTIN BICKLE, our Chairman, you are the embodiment of the definition of a philanthropist; A person that seeks the welfare of human kind. He who loves the arts. We could not be here without you and your amazing board.
And to the audience who follow us. We will be performing Lest We Forget from September, in London and around the country, so donâ€™t miss it!
English National Ballet’s five-star critically acclaimed production of Lest We Forget got rave reviews.
Award-winning British choreographers Akram Khan (Dust), Russell Maliphant (Second Breath) and Liam Scarlett (No Man’s Land) have each created new work to reflect the moving and powerful impact of the First World War on those setting off to fight and those left behind. Khanâ€™s work explores the empowerment of women in the war whilst Maliphantâ€™s conveys the sacrifice of the men. Scarlettâ€™s work explores the relationship between men and the women they leave behind â€“ the loss and longing. The programme is completed by George Williamson â€™s re-worked Firebird set to the commanding Stravinsky score performed by our live orchestra.
“Amazingâ€ťÂ Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express.
“A brave and brilliant move from director Tamara RojoLyndsey Winship”Â Evening Standard.
“Make this absolutely an evening to catch if you canÂ Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk.
â€śLest We Forget is both moving and ambitiousÂ ZoĂ« Anderson, The Independent.
“A turning point in ENBâ€™s history” Judith Mackrel, The Guardian.
“Melancholic but thrillingly upliftingâ€ťÂ Sarah Crompton, Telegraph.
The Telegraph, Louise Leveneâ€śCritics spoiled rotten by a life of perfect sightlines in the front stalls found the encircling audience distracting and carped that the sheer size of the Albert Hall made it impossible for the artists to convey emotion. Anyone who has watched their idols from the back row of Covent Gardenâ€™s amphitheatre through a forest of craning heads will know that this is nonsenseâ€ť.