Jane Eyre – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

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Jane Eyre is possibly one of the most well-known female heroines in the history of English literature. The novel was Charlotte Brontes first published piece of work in 1847. Set in Haworth, Yorkshire; the story follows Jane Eyre on her emotions and experiences through life, concentrating on her growth to adulthood and her love for Edward Rochester. This a tale primarily about relationships.

Before curtain up at the Lyceum there is a rapturous round of applause in anticipation. The audience are clearly fully aware of what Northern Ballet can deliver and the majority feel like regulars to the companies dramatic productions.

From the first moment that the very first dancer enters the stage, there is almost a halt on any noise from anyone, a feeling that the audience is collectively sat in awe at the perfection on stage, waiting for the next magical moment with baited breath. And you won’t have to wait long. This production is non-stop, full of unbelievable, magical moments.

You are treated to a real modern mix of ballet and contemporary movement, so descriptive; there is no need for any deep analysis. The textured backdrop and costumes on stage both in a mix of greys and navy shades all add to the eerie feel of the gothic piece. The rigid staccato, the elongation of limbs and variation of shapes created by these exquisitely trained dancers is an absolute delight.

Dreda Blows’ performance of Jane Eyre, delivers in every possible way, sturdy but elegant. Working opposite her is Javier Torres in his role as Edward Rochester. This pairing is undoubtedly the right one. You almost feeling you are intruding on intimate moments throughout the show when these two are alone. The entire cast dance so supremely, you could actually start to wonder if these people are human?!

There are some really touching moments in the two hour performance, evoking emotions in the viewer and almost taking your heart for a dance on stage with theirs. The unison scenes are just outstanding, so together and impeccable.

Hats off to Cathy Marston, choreographer, for this masterpiece. She should feel super satisfied that the portrayal of the relationships and lovers on the stage is transparent and easy to dissect.

The ballet is not one to be missed and if you can get to see it, you won’t be disappointed; if you like ballet and every second of a performance filled with perfectly executed content, this one is for you.

 

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