Cathy Marston | Choreographer Artistic Director



The Cellist

The Cellist

Inspired by the extraordinary life-force and musicianship of Jacqueline du Pre.

Premiere: 17th Feb 2020 for The Royal Ballet (Main Stage, Royal Opera House, London)

The performance was relayed to over 1000 cinemas worldwide and will be later produced on a DVD.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Music: Philip Feeney incorporating Elgar, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, Faure, Schubert and others

Set Design: Hildegard Bechtler

Costume Design: Bregje van Balen

Light Design: Jon Clark

Choreographic Collaborator: Jenny Tattersall

Length: 58 mins approx

Cast: 25-30 dancers (3 principal roles originally created by Lauren Cuthbertson, Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball)

"Magical, supremely romantic (Romantic, even) and stirring right from the start, The Cellist is a supreme case in point. A many-sided love story and love letter…Marston never les accuracy get in the way of truth…the stage pulsates with life, and the hour-long piece mostly zips by with tremendous speed, almost like an incredibly details, emotionally overpowering dream."
The Telegraph

In Our Wishes

In Our Wishes 2020

Premiere: 9th October 2020, for Royal Ballet, live streamed from the Royal Opera House, London, with ‘socially distance audience’ and subsequently broadcast on BBC iplayer

Music: Rachmaninov

Costume Design: Roksanda

Dancers: Fumi Kaneko/Reece Clarke and Romany Padjak/Cavin Richardson

(This duet was originally part of ‘Three Sisters’ created for Ballet im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It was adapted to become a stand alone duet.)

Moving, Still

Moving Still 2020

A personal response to the Covid19 pandemic and lock-down.

World Premiere (live internet relay with no live audience) 19th December 2020 for Ball Junior de Geneve.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Danish String Quartet (Traditional folk song arrangements and Hans Abrahamsen)

Costumes: Marion Schmid

Light: Arnaud Viala

Cast: 12 dancers (6m/6f)

Length: 25mins approx.




Inspired by the life of Queen Victoria and her relationship with her daughter, Princess Beatrice.

Premiere: 9th March 2019 for Northern Ballet at the Grand Theatre Leeds before a UK tour including Sadlers Wells in London.

The work was filmed for cinema and screen around the UK, later to be broadcast on BBC4. The work was a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada and nominated for a UK National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography.

Choreography and Direction: Cathy Marston

Music: Philip Feeney

Design: Steffen Aaffing

Light: Alistair West

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Uzma Hameed

"Northern Ballet’s new biopic Victoria combines grandness with emotional depth. Cathy Marston’s ballet sees its heroine as both woman and queen, image and person. Thoughtful, ambitious and vividly danced."
The Independent

Buy the DVD of Cathy Marston’s Victoria as seen in cinemas (directed by Ross McGibbon)

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

US Premiere: American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, 4th June 2019

Joffrey Ballett Premiere: Chicago Auditorium Theatre, 16th October 2019

Choreography and Direction: Cathy Marston

Music: Philip Feeney, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Schubert

Design: Patrick Kinmonth

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Patrick Kinmonth

Length: 95 minutes in two acts

"...the ballet is extraordinarily eloquent, impassioned, poetic and psychologically searching. As Martha Graham said, “movement doesn’t lie.” And Marston’s choreography uncannily captures all the pain, passion and cruelty that drive the characters in Bronte’s groundbreaking (and in many ways proto-feminist) tale with surprising, often revelatory power."




Inspired by Edith Wharton’s novella, Ethan Frome.

Premiere: 21st April 2018 for San Francisco Ballet, as part of their Unbound Festival of new works. Revivals planned by SFB in 2018/2019 in San Francisco and Washington.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Patrick Kinmonth

Music: Philip Feeney’s arrangement of works by Arvo Part, Arthur Foote, Amy Beach and Feeney’s original compositions.

Design: Patrick Kinmonth

Light: Jim Ingalls

Length: 31 mins

Cast: 3 principals and a group of at least 10 dancers

"A smart choice for a one-act ballet.. .Marston whittles her material down to around 30 minutes of pure dance…There is a superb chemistry between casting and choreography…Marston keeps her language plain and functional when she needs to move her story along, but it blooms vividly when focusing on the characters’ inner lives…"
The Guardian

The Suit

The Suit

Inspired by South African writer, Can Themba’s short story, The Suit.

Premiere: 15th March, Barbican, London (then a UK tour). Created for Ballet Black. Winner of the UK National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Music: Philip Feeney’s arrangement of Kronos Quartet pieces

Design: Jane Heather

Light: David Plater

Length: 36 mins

Cast: 7 dancers (expandable)

"***** Cathy Marston’s taut new ballet The Suit shows tragedy bursting out of the seams of everyday life...Marston’s duets are richly characterised. After a fond goodbye to Philemon, Cira Robinson’s Matilda stretches in sensuous anticipation of her lover’s arrival. Undressing Mthuthuzeli November, she stretches out a long leg to nudge down his trousers, every movement slow and heated."
The Independent

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Based on the novel by D.H Lawrence.

Premiere: 4th October 2018, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Montreal.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Music: Philip Feeney’s original composition and arrangement of works by Scriabin

Set/Light: Lorenzo Savoini

Costumes: Bregje van Balen

Length: 1h30 in Two Acts.

Cast: 40 dancers approximately.

"**** Cathy Marston has achieved a lot with her interpretation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover…Her style is honest and fecund, living on the strength of the powerfully erotic pas de deux peppered throughout. I predict this work will find itself in company repertoires around the world over the next few years. It’s emotional, unsentimental and above all, tells a story that still rings true."



Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the life of Alicia Alonso.

Premiere: 29th October 2018, in the International Ballet Festival of Havana, Grand Teatro Alicia Alonso, Cuban National Ballet.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Lera Auerbach – Dialogues with Pergolessi

Costumes: Jean-Marc Puissant

Light: Lorenzo Savoini

Length: 25mins

Cast: 5 principals and a group of 12 dancers

Pointe Magazine

"There is no doubt that the dancers’ basic preparation was a good foundation, allowing the creation of a choreographic adventure - classical and contemporary fused into one, revealing passions, first that of the choreographer for Alicia / Cuba, and that of the dancers. This was seen in that group's own magnetism, both inspiring and inspired, supported by their technique and an unlimited energy that broke physical and mental barriers."
Revista Arte X Excelencia




A new interpretation of Shakespeare’s play from the perspective of Queen Gertrude.

Premiere: 11th February 2017, Ballett im Revier, (Musiktheater im Revier) Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Arrangement by Philip Feeney of music by Schnittke, Purcell, Part and Feeney

Design: Ines Alda

Length: 85 mins with 1 interval

"A danced masterwork… without words, but with an intensity of psychological expressiveness, of artistic daring, which can hardly be surpassed… What the dancers, inspired by Cathy Marston, both physically and mentally comprehend and perform, is truly outstanding… Great applause, standing ovations - despite or just because of the high demands on the eye, mind and ear: once again, the Gelsenkirchen ballet has succeeded in creating a work of art."

"Ein tänzerisches Meisterwerk… Ohne Worte, stumm, aber mit einer Intensität an seelischer Ausdruckskraft, an artistischem Wagemut, der kaum zu überbieten ist. Schöpferische Zusammenstöße… Was die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer, inspiriert durch Cathy Marston, körperlich wie seelisch begreifen und leisten, ist wirklich herausragend… Großer Beifall, Ovationen im Stehen - trotz oder gerade wegen der hohen Ansprüche an Auge, Verstand und Ohr: Wieder einmal ist dem Gelsenkirchener Ballett ein Kunstwerk von Rang gelungen."

Krol Roger

Krol Roger

Royal Opera, Royal Opera House, London, 2015 with revivals for Opera Australia, Dallas Opera and others.

Composer: Karol Szymanowski

Director: Kasper Holten

Choreographer: Cathy Marston

Designer: Steffen Aaffing

Light: Jon Clarke

"...the thrusting, erotic, unceasing, dancers that spread their way throughout the mind are like the chaos of his emotions, pulsing like the blood in his confused veins. It’s quite a different kind of “dramatic” for an opera, and perhaps where it’s more modern tendencies come into play...."

Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

A multi-form collaboration between the Danish Royal Ballet and the drama ensemble of the Royal Theatre this work is a fresh portrayal of this classic novel by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos.

Premiere: 27th May 2017, Royal Danish Ballet/Theatre, The Playhouse, Copenhagen

Choreographer/Director: Cathy Marston

Writer/Associate Director: Edward Kemp

Composer: Jesper Melchlenberg

Designer: Steffen Aaffing

Actors: Marie Dalsgaard and Mads Rømer Brolin-Tani

Dancers: 15 dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet

"How wonderful to experience that The (Danish) Royal Ballet can and dares to go new ways, especially when it turns out to be extremely successful. The newest example of this is the newly-choreographed and very sophisticated version of the world class "Dangerous Relationships", transformed into a ballet, in interaction with two actors… a convincing and brilliant mix of drama and ballet. The acclaimed choreographer Cathy Marston is behind the visionary and bold production…(her) intense choreography goes straight home, in perfect interplay with Jesper Mechlenburgs newly composed and irresistible music. All in all, the performance is an obvious opportunity to see something new – or maybe watch a ballet for the first time."
Dagbladet Børsen


Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Premiere: 19th May 2016, Northern Ballet, Doncaster and UK tour. Revival of an enlarged version in 2018 including Sadlers Wells, London.

Choreography and Direction: Cathy Marston

Music: Philip Feeney, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Schubert

Design: Patrick Kinmonth

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Patrick Kinmonth

Length: 90mins in two acts

“…Beautifully crafted and moving... Shot through with emotional truth… Marston and the cast made the fate of Charlotte Bronte’s heroine matter every step of the way…The stylized veracity they (the dancers) share is a cornerstone of Marston’s art, rendering her take on Bronte’s feminist gothic romance absorbing and relevant.”
The Times ****

Nominated for a South Bank Award and National Dance Award.



Ballett des Theater St Gallen, Switzerland
Performed in the Cathedral of St Gallen as part of the Festspiel 2016

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Philip Glass, Christian Beigai, Arvo Paert, Christoph Enzel (after Biber) performed by saxophone quartet, Clair Obscur, and organist, Willibald Guggenmos

Costumes: Marion Steiner

Length: 55 mins

Witch-hunt (Poland)


Premiere: Polish Premiere:15th April 2016

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Baroque collage including Vivaldi, Tartini, Albinoni and others.

Text: Edward Kemp

Set: Jann Messerli

Costumes: Catherine Voeffray

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Cast: 14 dancers and 1 actress

Length: 75 mins (no interval)

“It has been a long time since the audience in Sczeczin has applauded so loudly.”

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