Cathy Marston | Choreographer Artistic Director



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


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

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Wuthering Heights (Sturmhöhe)

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Stadttheater Bern, April 2009

Inspired by the novel by Emily Bronte

Music: Dave Maric - specially commissioned and written for live Double Bass (Mich Gerber) and electronic score.

Set: Jann Messerli

Costumes: Dorothee Brodrueck

Scenario: Edward Kemp

Cast: 12

Length: 70mins approx (1 act)

“Marston's great strength is her ability to depict nuanced emotional states, particularly those of women. (…) While this is very much a chamber production, examining the cat's cradle of tensions between the five main characters, the emotion is full scale and the final duet between Tattersall and Marshall is taut with sadness and longing.”
The Observer, May 2009

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Premiere: Graz Ballett, Graz Schauspielhaus, Austria. May 2009

Music: Dave Maric

Cast: 8

“Die nuancenreichen, expressiven Musik von Dave Maric folgend, wird das ganze Spektrum positiver und negativer Energien von Liebe und Hass, Anziehung und Abstoßung, Leidenschaft und Resignation, Beherrschung, Unterwerfung und Aufbegehren, Zartheit und Brutalität zu ex-trem körperbetonter Bewegung mit Verknotungen, Ringkampfgriffen, Schlägen und Kopfstößen.”

“The nuanced, expressive music by Dave Maric employs the full range of positive and negative energies of love and hate, attraction and repulsion, passion and resignation, domination, submission and rebellion, tenderness and brutality matching the extreme choreography of knots, wrestling grips, strokes and head-butting”
Die Woche, June 2009

Juliet and Romeo

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Stadttheater Bern, Oct 2009

Music: Prokofiev

Set: Garance Marneur

Costumes: Dorothee Brodrueck

Cast: 11

Length: 90mins (two acts)

“Die elf Tänzerinnen und Tänzer sind in Form und geniessen es sichtlich, die Rollen, die ihnen Marston auf den Tanzleib geschneidert hat, auszuloten.”

“The eleven dancers are in top for and visibly enjoyed the roles that Marston had tailored for them”
Der Tagesanzeiger, October 2009

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Through Your Eyes

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Stadttheater Bern. May 2008

Inspired by the Birthday Letters by Ted Hugues

Music: Shostakovich – 13th String Quartet

Set: Stefanie Liniger

Costumes: Julia Hansen

Cast: 7

Length: 20mins

A Tale of Two Cities

Premiere: Northern Ballet Theatre, Grand Theatre, Leeds, August 2008

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Music: Dave Maric – specially commissioned for the NBT orchestra

Set and costumes: Jon Bausor

Light: Peter Mumford

Scenario: Edward Kemp

Cast: 30 approx

“Marston fuses ballet with contemporary dance styles and her moves are imaginative, technically rigorous and filled with tension between a fluid lyricism and sharp attack. Her work transcends the chocolate-box prettiness that can be a pitfall for ballet companies, and here the dance shifts between being witty, fierce and, at times, truly lovely.”
The Metro, September 2008

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

Libera Me

Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Stadttheater Bern, October 2008

Music: Igor Stravinsky - Requiem Canticles and other songs for choir

Costumes: Julia Hansen

Light: Jon Clark

Cast: 9

Length: 25mins approx


Echo and Narcissus

Premiere: Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London. May 2007. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House.

A ‘dance-opera’ based on the myth of Echo and Narsissus.

Music: Stuart McRae. Specially commissioned score for soprano, baritone and small ensemble.

Set and Costumes: Jon Bausor

Video: Charles Kriel

Light: Simon Bennison

Scenario: Edward Kemp

Cast: 2 singers and 2 dancers

Length: 30mins approx

“(Marston) skilfully handles a complex counterpoint between all the elements at play - two dancers, two singers, Stuart MacRae's imposing score and an impressive set by Jon Bausor with a huge suspended circular mirror and live video projections (…) Finally, here is a choreographer with an ambitious vision and the talent to back it up.”
Telegraph, May 2007

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Premiere: Washington Ballet, Washington. May 2007

Music: Gorecki – Quasi una Fantasia 1

Cast: 3

Length: 9 mins


Premiere: Bern:Ballett, Stadttheater Bern. October 2007

Inspired by the story of Rasputin and the Romanovs

Music: Stravinsky – Firebird

Set and Costumes: Jon Bausor

Scenario: Edward Kemp

Cast: 12

Length: 45mins approx

“(Marston’s choreography) speaks in metaphorical, symbolic and ritualistic gesture: dance phrases begin at the centre of unwinding spirals, clusters of dancers seeming to unlock from central axes, unfurling outwards into clawing, keening movement that hovers on the edge of collapse…” (Ian Palmer) October 2007



Premiere: The Place Prize, The Place, London. September 2006

Music: Dave Maric

Costumes: Jon Bausor

Light: Simon Bennison

Cast: 2 (Charlotte Broom and Dylan Elmore)

Length: 15mins

“Marston has a tremendous gift to speak to an audience through the interaction of two bodies and there were inventive and fascinating movements in her pas de deux.” (Graham Watts) September 2006


Premiere: The Cathy Marston Project, Hall for Cornwall, August 2006

Music: Dave Maric – specially commissioned.

Costumes: Bora Aksu

Light: Simon Bennison

Cast: 7

Length: 20mins

“To plangent but powerful music by Dave Maric accompanying dancers and relationships madly tripping over each other, Marston somehow mixes the despair and passion where dance comes from.” (Jeffery Taylor) October 2006


Premiere: The Cathy Marston Project, Trafalgar Square, London. July 2006

Music: Nina Simone

Cast: 6

Length: 15 mins approx


Premiere: Bamburgh Castle, UK, May 2006

A site-specific commission by Dance City performed outdoors.

Music: Dave Maric – specially commissioned for choir, solo singer, saxophone, percussion and Northumbrian bagpipes.

Stage and Costumes: Patrick Burnier

Cast: 3 dancers and 1 singer, choir

Length: 40 mins approx

Cathy’s latest piece of magic was set in the dunes by Bamburgh Castle…intertwining bodies were liberating and spell-binding, replicating the ever changing forces of nature.
Northern Press, 2005

El Dorado

Premiere: Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Havana, April 2006

Music: John Adams – El Dorado

Cast: 16 approx

Length: 30min approx

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