Victoria

June 5 – 12, 2021

Victoria

June 5 – 12, 2021

 Overview 

Victoria turns the spotlight on a towering figure from Britain’s monarchical past, Queen Victoria, with fresh choreographic language from a rising star in contemporary narrative ballet, Cathy Marston. A first ever co-production with England’s Northern Ballet, Victoria presents the Queen through the eyes of her youngest child, closest confidante and posthumous editor of her personal journals, Princess Beatrice. The result is a sweeping production that weaves the mother/daughter relationship into the story of Queen Victoria’s long and glorious reign.

The Story

As her death approaches, Queen Victoria writes her last journal entry before entrusting her daughter Princess Beatrice to prepare its many volumes for publication. Her surviving children arrive to say their last farewells. Beatrice begins reading the diaries, recalling the woman she knew from her childhood: a widow unable to recover from the death of her husband. As Beatrice remembers, the past unfolds and she discovers her mother in a richer context, as wife, mother and monarch, against the backdrop of British history.

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Five Things to Know
  1. A gifted storyteller with a passion for literature, Cathy Marston has created more than 50 dance works steeped in history, biography and other narrative forms, many of them focused on strong female characters, including her successful 2016 production for Northern Ballet, Jane Eyre.
     
  2. Marston co-wrote the scenario for Victoria with Uzma Hameed, the dramaturg for Wayne McGregor’s literary-inspired ballet, Woolf Works and for his new work MADDADDAM, which has its world premiere with The National Ballet of Canada in November 2020.
     
  3. Queen Victoria wrote daily in a journal from the age of 13 until ten days before her death at age 81. Beatrice edited these journals at her mother’s request and many of the originals were burned. The existing volumes have been made available online at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org.
     
  4. At 63 years, Queen Victoria’s was the longest reigning monarch in British history before Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee. The Victorian Era saw enormous industrial and political change and spans Victoria’s reign from 1837 until her death in 1901. 
     
  5. Victoria inherited the throne at 18, survived multiple assassination attempts and became the first sovereign to rule from Buckingham Palace. The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress is also credited to Victoria, who wore one for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

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The Choreographer

Cathy Marston is a choreographer, artistic director and Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow. She was Director of Bern Ballett and served as Associate Artist for the Royal Opera House. An innovator in the story ballet, she has created for San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Northern Ballet and other top companies.

The Composer

Philip Feeney studied composition at the University of Cambridge and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Best known for his work in dance, he has collaborated with such companies as Northern Ballet, the White Oak Project and the Martha Graham Company. He is Musical Director of Ballet Central.

Reviews

“★★★★★/5 A feast of brilliance.” The Guardian

“★★★★★/5 Thoughtful, ambitious and vividly danced.” — Independent

“Ballet that radiates emotional intelligence and choreographic invention.” — The Stage

“Elegantly designed, superbly scored and strongly danced.” — Financial Times

Credits

Choreography, Direction & Scenario:
Cathy Marston

Staged by:
Christelle Horna and Jenny Tattersall

Original Music:
Philip Feeney

Sets and Costume Design:
Steffen Aarfing

Lighting Design:
Alastair West

Dramaturgy & Scenario:
Uzma Hameed

Victoria is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Northern Ballet (UK).

Lead philanthropic support for Victoria is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with generous underwriting from The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

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