Cathy Marston | Choreographer Artistic Director

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Live productions:

Staatsballett Karlsruhe, Germany: The Suit
6th October – 6th November 2022 (in repertoire)

Based on a South African short story by Can Themba, The Suit was created for Ballet Black in the UK in 2018 and won several awards including Best Classical Choreography from the UK National Dance Awards. In its first restaging Marston joins Bridget Breiner’s new company in Karlsruhe. The music is Kronos Quartet brought together by Philip Feeney, designed by Jane Heather, light by David Platter and dramaturgy by Edward Kemp.

"The Suit masterfully transposes its source … the work is consummately crafted, and achieves its effects with an astonishing economy of means."The Guardian

Cincinnati Ballet, US: Moving, Still

Marston’s 2020 work, Moving, Still will receive it’s US premiere for Cincinnati Ballet. Originally created for Ballet Junior de Geneve as Marston’s personal response to ‘Lock-Down’ this is a poetic work for twelve dancers to folk arrangements and compositions by Hans Abrahamsen, performed by the Danish String Quartet. Costumes by Marion Schmid. The work will be staged by Anastasia Holden.

Alberta Ballet, Canada: Moving, Still

The Canadian premiere of this poetic work to music played by the Danish String Quartet for twelve dancers in a new staging designed by Jim French. Costumes by Marion Schmid. Staged by Anastasia Holden.

Premiere: 27th October 2022 in Calgary, Alberta with further performances in Edmonton.

Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, US: Idyll

Marston’s third collaboration with the company, this work is driven by the score – Wagner’s Siegfried’s Idyll, written in 1869 as a birthday present for his wife as they lived with their family in Switzerland. The twenty-minute work is for five dancers who will perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Premiere: 10th November with further performances on the 11th/12th November 2022.

Atlanta Ballet, US: Snowblind

Inspired by Edith Wharton’s novella, Ethan Frome, Snowblind was created for San Francsico Ballet in 2018 with a score arranged by Philip Feeney that incorporates works by Arvo Pärt, Amy Beach and Arthur Foote. The designs are by Patrick Kinmonth with lighting by Jim Ingalls. This will be Marston’s first collaboration with Atlanta Ballet and the work will be staged by original cast members, Sarah van Patten and Ulrik Birkkjaer.

Premiere: 10th February with further performances on the 11th/12th February 2023

Houston Ballet, US: Summer and Smoke

Based on Tenessee William’s play, Marston has adapted this work with Edward Kemp, and is collaborating with composer, Michael Daugherty on a new orchestral score for this hour-long major new ballet. Designs by Patrick Kinmonth will add the visual world to this southern story of desire, disappointment and search for identity. The piece is a co-commission with American Ballet Theatre.

Premiere: 9th March 2023 with performances until 19th March 2023.

Nashville Ballet, US: Snowblind

A second US revival of Snowblind in only 3 months of this 30min narrative work inspired by Edith Wharton’s novella, Ethan Frome. This will be Marston’s first collaboration with Atlanta Ballet and the work will be staged by original cast members, Sarah van Patten and Ulrik Birkkjaer.

Premiere: April 21st with further performances on the 22nd/23rd April 2023

Ballett Zürich, Switzerland: The Cellist

A few months ahead of beginning her tenure as Director of Ballett Zürich, Marston will work with the company as a guest choreographer at the invitation of outgoing director, Christian Spuck. Reviving her 2020 creation for The Royal Ballet, The Cellist, Marston will introduce both the company and audiences to her signature style of dance story telling. Inspired by the musician, Jacqueline du Pré, Marston places the cellist’s nearly symbiotic relationship with her instrument at the center of her ballet. The score is arranged by Philip Feeney, incorporating works by Elgar, Fauré, Mendelssohn other others. The set is by Hildegarde Bechtler, costumes by Bregje van Balen, light by Jon Clark with a scenario written by Edward Kemp and Marston herself.

On Film/TV/Digital/DVD:

The Cellist / Royal Ballet

Marston’s 2020 work, The Cellist, which was filmed for cinema release by Ross MacGibbon, has now been released by Opus Arte on DVD and Blu-ray and is available at many retailers online.

Victoria / Northern Ballet

Her ballet, Victoria, for Northern Ballet, filmed by Ross MacGibbon for cinema release, is available on DVD and Blu-ray and at

Drift / Cathy Marston

Marston created and performed in a short film, ‘Drift’, collaborating with film director, Felix von Muralt, during the Covid Pandemic in August 2020. It was captured on the banks of the River Aare, ten minutes from her home in Switzerland. The film received international attention; among other features, The Guardian spotlighted it commenting:

‘Balancing on fallen trees or calf-deep in the water, moving meditatively to a specially composed score by regular collaborator Philip Feeney, she offers a welcome retreat from the current world’The Guardian - view article

Becoming Giulia – documentary feature (2022)

In the course of 2020 and 2021 Marston was one of the protagonists of the feature cinema documentary film Becoming Giulia. The film follows the life of Giulia Tonelli, principal dancer of Ballet Zürich. Marston features with two of her works: research for The Scarlett Letter and the duet In My Wishes. The film is directed by Laura Kaehr and produced by Point Prod Geneva, the release date is set in the second half of 2022.

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