This fusion between ballet and literature brought love together like you have never seen it before. Europe’s best dance company, the Northern Ballet told the classic Emily Brontë’s tale: Wuthering Heights.
It was my first time at the ballet, so I had no idea what to expect. From the anticipation that was spread across the room, I knew it was going to be spectacular.
Although the curtain had not risen yet, I could feel my heart in my mouth, bursting with emotion. Even now I can still hear the chilling beat from the orchestra. That is what the music did throughout: it set the mood. The combination of love, passion and sadness sent you on a real emotional roller coaster.
Not a single word was uttered, yet the music and expressive ballet revealed a dramatic plot you could follow start to finish. I felt the love and passion between the characters. They were each others world in that moment – you really felt it. This was especially highlighted through the flash back of young Cathy and Heathcliff. It was a reminder to the audience that their love was as pure as their innocent souls that fell in love on the moors.
The dancing was mesmerising and flawless, it said more than a thousand words. The costumes only added to the classic feel of the play that took you to Yorkshire in the 1800s. What fascinated me was that the costumes were an extension of the ballet and floated elegantly alongside the dancers.
In the Wuthering Heights production, the stage sets fantastically transported the audience to different locations. The special effects added to the aesthetic, the lightening in the second half was a mood changer that signified that tragedy was about to strike upon the two lovers.
The audience was so engaged in the ballet you could hear the dancers feet landing on the ground. The ballet consumed you… it haunted you. Hannah Lloyd, 20, said: “I’ve never read the book or seen the film but I understood exactly what was going on and the floor work that they did was incredible”.
I know that the cost of theatre tickets can often be distressing if you are on a budget, so The Mayflower has a little trick up their sleeves. For just a mere £1 in the dress circle seating area, you are able to rent binoculars for a better glimpse. I felt like I was at the Bolshoi theatre.
At the end, when all the dancers were taking their bows, the room was electric. I clapped solidly for five minutes. My hands were left sore for hours afterwards but it was such a stunning performance I could not help it.
You have until Friday to see it at The Mayflower, so you need to book now or you will really miss out!