Jane Eyre

Directed by Annie Louie
Sound Design: Beth Lake
Lighting Design: Lonnie R. Alcaraz

Presented by UC-Irvine, Counter Balance Productions and The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the eXperimental Media Design Lab on December 12-15, 2011.


"The story is Jane Eyre's story; a young girl in Victorian England who makes her own decisions and, by staying true to herself, is able to find true love in the face of adversity. In this production, seven actors play all manner of characters, animals, architecture and furniture. The text is taken directly from Bronte's Jane Eyre. The medium through which the story is told is entirely contemporary, blending contact dance with minimalist design within a fusion of realism and expressionism that results in something entirely its own. "

-counter-balancetheater.com


  Our production follows Jane through all of the major events in her lifetime.  We begin with Jane's early life at school through becoming a teacher.  Eventually she decides that she must find new employment by advertising her skills.       One of the conventions that is established very early is that of the narrator.  Jane's inner monologue is given precedence by using dialogue from the novel spoken by an actor and amplified over the action onstage.  This narrator is present throughout the show, and she interacts with Jane as voice of reason.  This clip showcases how Jane and her narrator both tell the story at hand.

Our production follows Jane through all of the major events in her lifetime.  We begin with Jane's early life at school through becoming a teacher.  Eventually she decides that she must find new employment by advertising her skills.
 

One of the conventions that is established very early is that of the narrator.  Jane's inner monologue is given precedence by using dialogue from the novel spoken by an actor and amplified over the action onstage.  This narrator is present throughout the show, and she interacts with Jane as voice of reason.  This clip showcases how Jane and her narrator both tell the story at hand.


  Jane and Rochester become engaged but the marriage is halted by the discovery of a previous marriage.  Rochester's first wife, Bertha, is revealed to be mad.  This revelation is the climax of Act one, and subsequently the end of Jane's relationship with Rochester.

Jane and Rochester become engaged but the marriage is halted by the discovery of a previous marriage.  Rochester's first wife, Bertha, is revealed to be mad.  This revelation is the climax of Act one, and subsequently the end of Jane's relationship with Rochester.


  Jane and her narrator often have a physical duet and sparring, as well as an emotional one.  The two interact while discussing the revelation of Rochester's wife.  Jane is torn between leaving, and staying.  This moment highlights the great dynamics of the show as well.  Taking place immediately after the great reveal, this quiet, reflective moment showcases the delicacy we see in Jane.

Jane and her narrator often have a physical duet and sparring, as well as an emotional one.  The two interact while discussing the revelation of Rochester's wife.  Jane is torn between leaving, and staying.  This moment highlights the great dynamics of the show as well.  Taking place immediately after the great reveal, this quiet, reflective moment showcases the delicacy we see in Jane.

All photos are courtesy of Lonnie R. Alcaraz.  See more of Lonnie work at: lradesigns.com.

Beth Lake does not claim rights to any of the music contained in these recording. This is merely documentation of a performance in which this music was used.