Giselle review – Akram Khan's bewitching ballet is magnificently danced

Palace theatre, Manchester
In a new version of the classic for English National Ballet, Khan give us a modern-day tale of migrants and his choreography rises to the scale of his set design

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Giselle might seem an artless little ballet: its story of love, betrayal and redemption narrated through the most staple of ballet conventions. Yet Marius Petipa’s choreography and Adolphe Adam’s score are supremely efficient at delivering the plot: we can’t miss the fact that Giselle is a peasant girl and Albrecht a posh boy in disguise, that gamekeeper Hilarion has figured out Albrecht’s secret, and that the telling of it will trigger tragedy.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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