Jane Eyre: En Pointe

June 10, 2019

A fair amount of books have been turned into plays, movies, and television shows, but far fewer have been adapted into a ballet. This summer, the American Ballet Theatre is taking on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Choreographer Cathy Marston explains the challenges behind translating Brontë’s beloved characters into dance: “There are moments when Jane really physically, and not only emotionally, supports Rochester. We have ways that women can take weight. And without that, I don’t think you can really convey and express the qualities of Jane Eyre as a modern woman. Because women are not only living on pedestals. And we’re not only fairies and waifs.”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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