English National Ballet is doing something a little bit curious: The company is performing two versions of Giselle in one season. The second one is the romantic-tutu version we know and love. But the first one, premiering at the end of the month, is a contemporary take by choreographer Akram Khan. In his imagination, Giselle transforms into something pretty darn creepy—which makes sense. It's a ghost story, after all.
Step into the rehearsal studio through these amazingly thorough videos by English National Ballet.
Here, three company members go into detail about what it's like to work with Khan:
Here Khan and ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo talk about the need to revisit classic works:
And here's a semi-terrifying trailer that makes me want to hop on the first plane to the UK so I catch opening night: