Through the combination of music and dance, this ballet adaptation of the classic novel Jane Eyre immediately grabbed the attention of the audience.
During the prologue we meet Jane, surrounded by figures interpreting figments of her imagination. Presenting her fears, frustrations and insecurities, they trip her up, block her path and confuse her.
Costumes instantly set the scenes, helping the audience to follow each of the characters throughout and as the story begins we are shown the difficulties placed upon orphaned Jane.
Hannah Bateman (Jane Eyre) manages to powerfully express Jane’s emotions during her journey whilst successfully presenting Jane as the strong female lead that she is well known for. Whilst Mlindi Kulashe's (Rev. Brocklehurst) strong stage presence resonated through his performance.
The story evolved seamlessly through all the scenes with imaginative use of the stage, backgrounds and props. Some scenes were particularly striking artistically, especially the creative use of silhouettes. Other instances of this included the composition of a number of chairs and candles which were used to set the scene of Jane’s time at Lowood Institution. The penultimate dramatic action of fire was visually powerful, with striking dancing.
Aesthetically pleasing throughout, the use of both foreground and background action allowed for a fully immersive experience. The dancing was impeccable and complemented the story well; it made this dramatic performance effortless to watch.
Characters were portrayed well, making it easy to follow and it was clear how much time and effort had been spent on this production. With a lengthy applause, I can confidently say that it was very well received.
So whether you’re an avid ballet fan or considering seeing your first one, this is one to watch.
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