2018 Choreographer in Residence | Cathy Marston

We introduce Cathy Marston as part of our esteemed teaching faculty for International Summer School 2018. She is known for giving new perspectives to old narratives; opening original ideas to new audiences. Some of her choreographic credits include HamletThe Elephant Man, Wuthering Heights, and most recently, Dangerous Liaisons for Det Kongelige Teater.

Her company credits include San Francisco Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Cuba, Opera Australia, formerly Artistic Director of Bern:Ballett in Switzerland.

After education in Cambridge, she spent two years at the Royal Ballet School, before launching a successful international career now spanning over twenty years as a choreographer and artistic director. Her driving force 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 (2002-2006) she created a critically acclaimed interpretation of Ibsen’s Ghosts, and a dance-opera, Echo and Narcissus, among many other works. As Director of the Bern Ballett, Swizerland, between 2007 and 2013, her British ‘respect for the playwright’ became influenced by the ideas of Germanic dramaturgical traditions and ‘Director’s Theatre’, resulting in her unique, hybrid signature, visible in in her historically-inspired Witch-hunt, or literature-based works like Ein Winternachtstraum and Wuthering Heights.

Some of her modernised interpretations have included Three Sisters (Ballett im Revier), Jane Eyre (Northern Ballet), Lolita (Copenhagen Summer Ballet), and Swan Maidens (Ballett des Theater Koblenz). All are danced-stories stripped back to their essence, displaying high quality technique and unflinching expressive integrity.

“She has let the drama bleed through the dance.” The Telegraph

Cathy will be teaching 10-day pre-professional course youth.ballet & one-week choreography course create.dance at International Summer School from 9-19 January 2018 (strictly limited places).