Cathy Marston | Choreographer Artistic Director
Summer and Smoke / 2023

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.

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"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."
Houston Chronicle

"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."
Houston Press

Video Links:

About the choreography and creation:

About the new score:

Dance Talks (an hour-length discussion about the creation)

Rehearsal glimpses:

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