Summer and Smoke
World Premiere: 9th March 2023 for Houston Ballet (a co-commission with American Ballet Theatre)
Choreography: Cathy Marston
Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp
Music: specially commissioned by Michael Daugherty
Design: Patrick Kinmonth
Light: David Finn
Length: 60mins approx.
"Marston’s “Summer & Smoke” is a beautifully rendered ballet about finding yourself. A co-production with American Ballet Theatre, this one-act production is a keeper. At Thursday’s premiere, every element gelled."
"There is great fluidity to Marston’s choreography and it pairs well with Michael Daugherty’s score, itself cinematically epic and atmospheric… It’s sensual, peppered with sweeping lifts and repetition that underscores the push and pull between the characters. There are many effective choices – the meaningful extension of a leg, the way O’Connell scrabbles toward Collado, and their final pas de deux, an overwhelming picture of great desperation…a compelling bit of dance buoyed by excellent performances."