English National Ballet are undoubtedly a company in need of a decent break. Having thrilled audiences with a new take on Giselle from Akram Khan back in November, a full run of Nutcracker over the festive period, they now embark on over a dozen performances of Mary Skeaping’s Giselle before they can take a well-earned breather. It certainly makes for a pleasing compare and contrast to Khan’s contemporary offering too.
David Walker’s luxurious designs are striking in Act One: there’s a picturesque backdrop of a quaint woodland scene, and Giselle’s house is authentically rustic with its wooden doors and panels. This is idyllic village life.
One could argue that Giselle is Alina Cojocaru’s signature role, and her dancing here is …
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