"I grew up with literature. Both my parents were English teachers, and we read a lot." With this background and dance training in Cambridge and London, Cathy Marston developed into a distinctive choreographer who is celebrated worldwide, not least for her literary ballets. John Neumeier has invited her version of "Jane Eyre" based on the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë for the penultimate premiere of his artistic directorship. The Times of London raved about Northern Ballet's 2016 premiere, "beautifully crafted and moving ... imbued with emotional veracity." In 2019, the ballet was exported to the U.S. and staged at both American Ballet Theater (New York) and Joffrey Ballet (Chicago). It will have its German premiere with Hamburg Ballet in 2023.
Music: Philip Feeney, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Fanny Hensel and Franz Schubert
Choreography and direction: Cathy Marston
Scenery: Cathy Marston and Patrick Kinmonth
Stage design and costumes: Patrick Kinmonth
2 hours 10 minutes | 1 intermission
Act 1: 55 minutes, Act 2: 45 minutes
Northern Ballet, Cast Theatre, Doncaster, May 19, 2016.
Jane Eyre: Dreda Blow
Edward Rochester: Javier Torres
PREMIERE IN HAMBURG:
Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, December 3, 2023
ORIGINAL CAST IN HAMBURG:
IN THE REPERTOIRE:
American Ballet Theatre