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For English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classicWoyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.
In a dilapidated former Arctic research station, the Creature has been conscripted by a military brigade into a bold new experimental programme. He is being tested for his mental and physical ability to adapt to extreme cold, isolation and homesickness; vital qualities in mankind’s proposed colonisation of the ‘final frontiers’ on earth and beyond.
Following the pivotal impact of Dust and Giselle, Creature is Akram’s third collaboration with English National Ballet. His creative team includes designer Tim Yip, composer and sound designer Vincenzo Lamagna, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.
After a triumphant Giselle, Akram and the team returned to Opera Ballet Vlaanderen for the re-staging of Akram’s Creature. The work premiered in January 2023.