Hailed as ëa masterpiece of 21st century danceí from English National Ballet, Akram Khanís Giselle comes to cinemas for the first time in 2018, giving ballet fans the opportunity to see this award-winning production in glorious high definition on the big screen. One of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle has been re-imagined by celebrated choreographer Akram Khan with Artistic Director and Lead Principal of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. With staging and costumes by Academy Award-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the ballet has won an Olivier Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for English National Ballet, received rapturous 5-star reviews and was sold out when performed at Londonís Sadlerís Wells. Filmed live at the Liverpool Empire in October 2017, Akram Khanís Giselle is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon.
Manon: Royal Ballet
June 10 & 13 | $15
A firm favourite in The Royal Ballet repertory, Manon depicts the powerful and obsessive love between Des Grieux (Vadim Muntagirov) and Manon (Sarah Lamb), who, when they first meet, is being sold off to the highest bidder by her brother Lescaut (Ryoichi Hirano). Des Grieux and Manon elope to Paris but she is seduced by Monsieur G.M (Gary Avis) who entices her to leave her lover for a life of luxury as a kept woman. Encouraged by Lescaut, Des Grieux cheats at cards
in a desperate attempt to win Monsieur G.Mís fortune from him, but is caught. Des Grieux and Manon escape to Manonís apartment where Monsieur G.M. finds them. Manon is arrested for prostitution. In a dramatic final act set in New Orleans (where Manon has been deported), Des Grieux saves Manon from the sexual advances of her Gaoler and the pair escape. But Manon is now exhausted and ill, and in the heart-breaking final scene she dies in Des Grieuxís arms in the Louisiana wilderness.
The ballet was choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, who took inspiration from the bestselling novel by the 18th-century writer AbbÈ PrÈvost. MacMillan perfectly captures Manonís conflict between her love for Des Grieux and her need for luxury, and uses the whole Company to create a complex portrait of Parisian high life and the squalor of a New Orleans penal colony. The balletís score is made up of music by Massenet, including his famous ElÈgie as the theme for the lovers.
(2:35 with 2 intermissions)