ENB / Akram Khan Giselle on DVD and Blu-ray

Published: 21 February 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Akram Khan’s award-winning Giselle is to be released for sale on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time from 1 March 2019.

Giselle was re-imagined by Khan for his first full length ballet, featuring set and costume designs from Tim Yip, known for his work on the hit film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and an adaptation of the original Adolphe Adam score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna, orchestrated by Gavin Sutherland and performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Giselle also features dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Mark Henderson.

Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon. the film was commissioned by The Space and recorded live at the Liverpool Empire in October 2017.

English National Ballet Artistic Director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo dances the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. First Soloist James Streeter performs in the role of Albrecht, Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio performs as Hilarion and First Artist of the Company Stina Quagebeur performs in the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis.

The production has toured the UK and internationally and has been the recipient of the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance, Tanz Magazine Award for Production of the Year, Manchester Theatre Award for Dance, and Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography. The ballet also helped English National Ballet earn an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

The DVD is distributed by Opus Arte and will be available internationally on Amazon, and is available for pre-order in the UK now.