Cathy Marston


Choreography, Direction & Scenario, Victoria

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.

Ms. Marston’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 and for her, 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 Ballet in Switzerland (2007 to 2013) she further developed her contemporary ballet-hybrid signature in works like Wuthering Heights and Witchhunt.

Since 2013, commissioned worldwide, Ms. Marston 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, Chekhov’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 Contempor├ínea de Cuba. She launched her company, The Cathy Marston Project, in 2006, which continues to support her creative work.