Cathy Marston

Choreographer Cathy Marston

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 more than 20 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 her first full-length work based on Ibsen’s Ghosts. During her six year tenure as Director of Bern Ballett in Switzerland (2007-2013) she further developed her contemporary-ballet-hybrid signature in works like Wuthering Heights and Witch-hunt. Since 2013, commissioned worldwide, she continues to lend new perspectives to old narratives, in works like: Snowblind based on Wharton’s Ethan Frome for San Francisco Ballet; Dangerous Liaisons for the Royal Danish Ballet; Chekov’s Three Sisters and Shakespeare’s Hamlet for Ballett im Revier (Germany); Lolita for Copenhagen Summer Ballet; and The Suit for Ballet Black. Other commissioning companies include: The Royal Ballet; English National Ballet; Les Grand Ballets Canadiens; Cuban National Ballet; Finnish National Ballet; and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. She launched her company, The Cathy Marston Project, in 2006, which continues to support her creative work.

Cathy has created Dividing Silence (2004), A Tale of Two Cities (2008), Jane Eyre (2016) and Victoria (2019) for Northern Ballet.