Inspired by the extraordinary life-force and musicianship of Jacqueline du Pre.
Premiere: 17th Feb 2020 for The Royal Ballet (Main Stage, Royal Opera House, London)
The performance was relayed to over 1000 cinemas worldwide and will be later produced on a DVD.
Choreography: Cathy Marston
Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp
Music: Philip Feeney incorporating Elgar, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, Faure, Schubert and others
Set Design: Hildegard Bechtler
Costume Design: Bregje van Balen
Light Design: Jon Clark
Choreographic Collaborator: Jenny Tattersall
Length: 58 mins approx
Cast: 25-30 dancers (3 principal roles originally created by Lauren Cuthbertson, Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball)
"Magical, supremely romantic (Romantic, even) and stirring right from the start, The Cellist is a supreme case in point. A many-sided love story and love letter…Marston never les accuracy get in the way of truth…the stage pulsates with life, and the hour-long piece mostly zips by with tremendous speed, almost like an incredibly details, emotionally overpowering dream."
"A richly metaphorical love story between a musician and her instrument."
"It is a considerable piece, full of feeling and imagination lingering in the mind long after the curtain has come down."
"The premiere was greeted as a triumph"