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Draft Works in the Clore: Reimagining Giselle

Choreographer Joshua Beamish and dancers of The Royal Ballet present a work in progress inspired by the Romantic ballet Giselle, coinciding with its performances on the main stage.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Draft Works in the Clore: Reimagining Giselle. It was last on stage 1–15 April 2016 as part of the Spring 2015/16 season.


Draft Works in the Clore is the continuation of The Royal Ballet’s innovative Draft Works programme. Draft Works gives audiences a chance to see choreographic ideas in development – works in progress, presented in practice clothes, which offer a fantastic opportunity both to see dancers up close and to discover more about the process through which a piece of dance is created. Originally in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Draft Works moves to the intimate setting of the Clore Studio for the duration of Open Up.

For the first Draft Works in the Clore, Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish presents Reimagining Giselle – a response to this masterful Romantic ballet that coincides with The Royal Ballet’s performances of the original ballet on the main stage. Beamish explains how ‘my primary creative focus has been to consider how the relationships in Giselle would play out in the world we inhabit today… It’s been interesting to look at updating a ballet as not just updating a movement vocabulary but also modernizing the nature of the interactions and personality traits of the characters’.