Jane Eyre review – a quietly enthralling classic

Aylesbury Waterside theatre
Restrained, but clear and fluent choreography brings Charlotte Brontë’s novel to life on the stage

The virtues of Northern Ballet’s new production of Jane Eyre are those of its heroine: modesty, diligence and resourcefulness. The piece has been choreographed by Cathy Marston, whose sympathy for her source material is evident in clear plotting and a fluent movement language. Marston’s style is restrained, and rarely sensational. But because she builds her characters from the inside, the results are quietly enthralling.

Choreographically speaking, her approach is northern European rather than English. She has absorbed Mats Ek’s expressionism, which you see reflected in quirky duets and oblique exchanges, and the wry puritanism of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, delightfully evident in a classroom scene in which ranks of young women in shades of leaf-brown and moth-grey are learning lessons by rote.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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