Cathy Marston Choreographer

Blood Wedding

Premiere: Finnish National Ballet, Finnish Opera House, Helsinki. Oct 2010

Music: Dave Maric

Set: Jon Bausor

Costumes: Erika Turunen

Light: Tulay Schakir

Scenario: Edward Kemp with Cathy Marston

Cast: 27-30 dancers

“Created by British choreographer Cathy Marston for the Finnish National Ballet, Blood Wedding is a clear-cut, no-nonsense adaptation of the original play by Federico Garcia Lorca… The inexorable course of the tragedy is underlined in booming percussion as the lovers perform a courting dance, almost as if in heat. This is the ‘chemistry’ that is so often talked about. At the same time, the people upstage are engaged in a formal, custom-bound wedding polonaise. The space is used to excellent effect, as are simultaneous contrasting events.”
Helsingin Sanomat, October 2010

To view a showreel and/or video of the complete work please contact Cathy Marston to request a private link.

And our faces vanish like water

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Vidmarhalle, Jan 2010

Music: Dave Maric – special commission for Steff La Cheffe (beatboxer) and Melanie Adami (soprano)

Set: Raphael Barbier

Costumes: Catherine Voeffray

Cast: 9

Length: 13 mins

“Wie Splitter aus verschiedenen Welten fügen sich die Energien von Text, Ton (Dave Maric) und unterschiedlichen Tanzstilen zusammen. «And our faces vanish like water» wird zur zitatenreichen Auslegeordnung. Es bilden sich Brennpunkte von starker emotioneller Kraft. Ihre Stärke ist die Unvorhersehbarkeit.”

“The movements of the ensemble meet the sung statements of classical soprano (Mélanie Adami) and the Bern Beat boxer Steff La Cheffe, you feel a sudden crackle. Like fragments from different worlds, the energies of text, sound (Dave Maric) and different dance styles coalesce. "And our faces vanish like water" transforms into a whole range of options rich with quotations. There are Hotspots of strong emotional force; unpredictability is their strength.”
Der Bund, February 2009

CLARA

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Vidmarhalle, May 2010

Music: Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms. Various pieces for pianist and baritone.

Costume and Set: Jon Bausor

Light: Jon Clarke

Cast: 11

Length: 50mins

Das Komplexe schreckt Cathy Marston nicht. Im Gegenteil. Eine Geschichte interessiert sie, wenn sie sie aus neuen Blickwinkeln beleuchten kann. Mit Vorliebe fokussiert sie auf eine Figur, die eher am Rande steht, und gibt ihr im Tanz eine eigene Stimme und Identität…Raffiniert und verletzlich sind die Bewegungsbilder, die Cathy Marston für das Unaussprechliche in den Beziehungen findet. Am stärksten ist sie da, wo sie ein Paar aus nächster Nähe fokussiert. Dann scheinen die kontrastreich temperierten Emotionen aus den Seelen hervorzubrechen.

“The complexity doesn’t scare Cathy Marston. On the contrary. A story interests her if she can shed light on it from new perspective. She prefers to focus on an angle that’s on the periphery, and through dance find her own voice and identity ... Refined and vulnerable are Marston’s moving images for the ineffable relationship. It is strongest, when she focuses on a couple in close-up when the contrasting yet tempered emotions burst forth from the souls.”
Der Bund, April 2010

To view a video of the complete work please contact Cathy Marston to request a private link.

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