Olivier Awards 2017 Outstanding achievement in dance. Winner: English National Ballet for expanding the variety of its repertoire with Giselle and She Said at Sadler’s Wells.
Akram Khan’s Giselle
Hailed as a masterpiece of 21st century dance, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to cinemas for the first time with Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory.
The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been reimagined in this stunning new version, with sets and costumes 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 and performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic, dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson.
Filmed live at the Liverpool Empire in October 2017, Akram Khan’s Giselle is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon.
It may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century danceThe Mail on Sunday
The creative process behind Akram Khan’s Giselle
4 October 2016
Looking back at reimagining Giselle with Tamara Rojo, Akram Khan, Ruth Little, Vincenzo Lamagna, Gavin Sutherland, Tim Yip and ENB dancers.
According to the Company mission, my purpose is offering the highest possible quality ballet to new and established audiences nationwide. Therefore, this year’s repertoire includes a wide stylistic versatility, technical brilliance, and dramatic flair of the company’s excellent artists.
Main goals focus on showcasing the extraordinary creative talent of wonderful dancers and invaluable legacy in bringing dance to the nation, together with the display of our dance distinction worldwide.
English National Ballet, a patch of flourishing choreographic and artistic creativity in England.
ENB Artistic Team
Artistic Director Tamara Rojo
Associate Artistic Director Loipa Araujo
Principal Ballet Master and Character Artist Irek Mukhamedov
Associate Artist George Williamson
Ballet Mistress Hua Fang Zhang
Artistic Co-ordinator Jane Haworth
Ballet Master and Repetiteur Yohei Sasaki
Ballet Master and Repetiteur Antonio Castilla
Music Director Gavin Sutherland
Music Administration Manager Paul Allen
Pianists Kevin Darvas, Christopher Swithinbank
Music Librarian Lars Payne
Orchestra Attendants Paul Barrett, Andrew Paterson
Executive Director Caroline Thomson
Company ManagerSarah Cannon-Jones
Technical Director Alan Riches
Award-winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett have created works honouring the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Completing this programme for English National Ballet is George Williamson’s Firebird.
Lest We Forget
English National Ballet wins dance South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 for Lest We Forget program.
Southbank Sky Arts Awards 2015 – Tamara Rojo winning speech
“This is a great honour and I’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, producers, accountants, HR, development, marketing, costumes, hair and make-up outreach and education … 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 don’t miss it!