Doncaster has world premiere of dance show

Rehearsals for Northern Ballet's adaptation of Jane Eyre
Rehearsals for Northern Ballet's adaptation of Jane Eyre

Two contrasting shows featuring music and dance are on stage at Cast in Doncaster.

One of literature’s most iconic heroines goes on a journey of courage, romance and tragedy with the world première of Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre next Thursday (May 19).

Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë and performed during the 200th anniversary of her birth, Northern Ballet will bring this beautiful love story to life at Cast next week in a show that’s already sold out.

Orphaned at a young age and cruelly treated by her aunt, Jane Eyre is a plain but intelligent child who grows up knowing little kindness.

Sent away to a charitable school, Jane later accepts a position as a governess at Thornfield, a gentleman’s manor whose master is the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester.

In spite of their social differences, an unlikely bond grows between the pair but as their romance develops, it becomes clear that Mr Rochester has a hidden past that threatens to ruin them both.

The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries.

The show has been choreographed by internationally-acclaimed British dance maker Cathy Marston, who created the Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities for Northern Ballet in 2008.

She said: “Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was a novel far ahead of its time and when I think of Jane I feel inspired by images of her passionate but ‘impossible’ relationship with Mr Rochester, the fire and emotional destruction symbolised by Bertha Mason – the infamous ‘woman in the attic’, the contrasting icy moorland through which she seems to run from one chapter of her life to another, and of course her final reunion with Rochester.

“But these images only touch the surface of a character and a book that continue to provoke and move, generation after generation, re-read after re-read.”

Jane Eyre is already sold out but tickets are still available for children’s ballet Tortoise and the Hare next Saturday, May 21.

Another show, With A Little Bit Of Luck, was originally commissioned for a festival audience and premiered to standing ovations at last year’s Latitude Festival. The production features Seroca Davis as Nadia alongside the vocal talents of Martyna Baker and DJ and musician Gabriel Benn,

Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities.

Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life.

The music is a live mix of old school UK garage. The show is at Cast tomorrow, Friday, May 13.

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