Ruth Leon recommends… Akram Khan’s Creature – ENB Ballet on Demand

Ruth Leon recommends… Akram Khan’s Creature – ENB Ballet on Demand

Ruth Leon recommends

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April 22, 2023

Akram Khan’s Creature – ENB Ballet on Demand

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Creature is a genre-busting collaboration that fuses film and contemporary dance, based on the acclaimed English National Ballet production, choreographed by Akram Khan and directed by Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia.  

In a dilapidated former Arctic research station, Creature (performed by Jeffrey Cirio,  ENB Lead Principal) is unknowingly enlisted by a military brigade into an experimental programme. Creature meets and falls in love with Marie (Erina Takahashi, also Lead Principal for ENB), a cleaner who shows him kindness and compassion; together they dream of escape. This vivid cinematic experience is a beautiful, tragic tale of an outsider’s search for belonging, the insatiable desires of the powerful, and the enduring hope found in human connection and compassion.

Olivier Award winning choreographer Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists currently working. In just over 22 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. 

As a choreographer, Khan has developed a close collaboration with English National Ballet. He created the short piece Dust, part of the Lest We Forget programme, which led to an invitation to create his own critically acclaimed version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle Creature is Khan’s third work for English National Ballet.

Asif Kapadia is best known for his trilogy of films exploring the price of fame, Amy, Senna, and Diego Maradona. His debut fiction feature, The Warrior won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film of the Year. He knows his music and was executive producer on the critically acclaimed music series 1971: The Year Music Changed Everything.

​Sadly, Creature is currently available only in the UK. Stay tuned, everybody else, I’ll let you know when it becomes available worldwide. 3-day Rental £7.99

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