Akram Khan’s Giselle- Auckland Arts Festival audio described event


Sunday, 4 March 2018, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan’s vital reimagining of Giselle, the classical ballet’s tale of love, betrayal and redemption is transported to the 21st century; the peasants of the story are now outcast migrant factory workers; and the essential themes of class and dislocation are given a bracing contemporary relevance.

Khan’s daring aesthetic is carried beautifully by English National Ballet’s celebrated company of dancers. Their feats range from sensational large-scale group dances to intensely intimate performances in the ballet’s memorable second act, where Giselle returns from the supernatural underworld with other spirits seeking revenge on their lovers.

Under the vision of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, this bold commission also boasts an impressive sense of scale. It’s a massive production of a kind rarely seen in New Zealand and only possible within the context of Auckland Arts Festival, with nearly 100 artists and crew travelling here along with a monumental set designed by Oscar-winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Our own Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will bring to life Vincenzo Lamagna’s haunting new score.

2hrs 20mins inc. interval

Touch tour 3.30pm (meet in the Box Cafe, Aotea Centre at 3.20pm).

Performance 5pm.


Tickets $20 each for individual and companion.

The organisers and the Blind Foundation can also help people plan their visit, arrange volunteer companions and transport options.

To request a booking form, email access@aaf.co.nz. Book early as some events have limited capacity. Visit the Auckland Festival accessibility website for more information and to find booking forms, or phone 09 374 0310.

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ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aotea Square, Queen Street