Cathy Marston is a choreographer, artistic director and Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow. After education in Cambridge, she spent two years at the Royal Ballet School, before launching a successful international career now spanning twenty years.
Cathy’s great gift is to join artistic dots, creating form for stories, emotions and ideas. She inherited a passion for literature from her English-teacher parents. For Cathy, stories inform dance. As Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House for five years, she created interpretations of Ibsen’s Ghosts and Echo and Narcissus. During her six year tenure as Director of Bern Ballett in Switzerland, she further developed her unique, contemporary-ballet-hybrid signature in works like Wuthering Heights, Juliet and Romeo and Witch-hunt. Lending new perspectives to old narratives in her version of Chekov’s Three Sisters for Ballet im Revier (Germany) or Lolita for Copenhagen Summer Ballet, she strips back stories to their essence and expresses them through high quality technique and unflinching expressive integrity.
Cathy created A Tale of Two Cities for Northern Ballet in 2008 and Dividing Silence for the Company in 2004. She has choreographed for companies worldwide including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. She has also choreographed operas, most recently Krol Roger for The Royal Opera. She launched her charitable company, The Cathy Marston Project in 2006, which continues to support her creative work. With future collaborations planned in opera and theatre, further widening her portfolio of over 50 works performed in 10 countries, Cathy looks forward to continuing to charter new territory – both geographically and artistically.