The classic and much-loved novel is transformed into a beautiful ballet and relives the story through creative and modern storytelling.
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a classic love story, with forbidden love and passion and it is perfect for the stage. Cathy Marston’s choreography and direction are modern and inventive.
The opening scene is where Jane is fleeing in the moors, haunted by ethereal men who are parts of her imagination. Starting the show halfway through, where Jane is rescued and has nightmare visions of her past was powerful. As her nightmares become a reality, we are taken back to the funeral of Jane’s parents and when she is a child.
Ayami Miyata’s young Jane is energetic and lively, and the movements emphasises her need to be free and her frustration. After her power struggle with the dismissive Aunt, Jane is sent away to Lowood Institution for Girls. The repetitive and rigid movements show how they live a life of deprivation and belittlement.
The Pas de Deux between Jane and her friend Helen Burns is a celebration of friendship and trust – the use of balances and lifts signifies their trust and loyalty in one another.
As Jane grows up and leaves Lowood to become the tutor of Adele at Thornfield, Jane’s world is turned upside down by the dark and handsome Rochester, with feelings she has never felt before but tries to hide. Abigail Prudames’ performance as Jane is graceful, elegant and gains the audience’s empathy and love.
Mlindi Kulashe’s performance as the strong and powerful Rochester is beautiful – his presence and expression through Marston’s choreography even have Rochester’s sarcastic and dark humour in it.
The use of the D-Men, who are the fragments of Jane’s imagination and also almost the Death-Men are haunting and slick.
This piece left me breathless, and I cannot pick out my favourite moment, because throughout the show I was on the edge of my seat. Prepare to be taken on a journey with the characters, because you don’t want to miss this mastermind piece of art.