News: Cathy Marston launches her own company

Wednesday 16 August 2006

Choreographer and former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, Cathy Marston is launching her own dance company, The Cathy Marston Project.

The new company has seven classically trained dancers for its first UK tour: Charlotte Broom (formerly NBT, Cullberg Ballet); Martina Langmann (formerly ROH2, Ensemble Group & pictured left), Kristen McNally (Royal Ballet), Dylan Elmore (formerly Batsheva Dance Company, Gulbenkian), Matthew Dibble (formerly Royal Ballet, Twyla Tharp), Kirils Burlovs (formerly NBT, Latvian National Ballet) and Anthony Kurt (Henri Oguike Dance Company).

The national tour starts at the beginning of September in Cornwall and takes in a further seven venues, with two London dates at the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Royal Opera House on 27 & 30 September. The programme includes a world premiere and two existing works originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House

Arcana (the World Premiere) was inspired by a recent trip to Cuba (for Channel 4 short films). It features a specially commissioned score by composer Dave Maric, drawing on Afro-Cuban folklore music and costumes by award-winning Turkish fashion designer, Bora Aksu.

before the tempest… after the storm was originally commissioned in 2004 by the Royal Opera House for the Linbury Studio Theatre to run alongside Thomas Ades’ new opera The Tempest on the main stage. This balletpresents a mythological world where Marston imagines a pre and post story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. A specially commissioned score by Jules Maxwell incorporates extracts from Ovid and W H Auden, designs by Jon Bausor, and lighting by Simon Benisson.

Traces was created for dancers of the Royal Ballet in 2001 and revived by ROH2 in 2004. Itpresents a semi-abstract dance soap opera of emotions, recalling the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Traces features music by Yann Tierson, (composer of the score for Amelie), costumes by Ben Maher, and lighting by Simon Bennison.

Background

Cathy Marston joined the Royal Ballet Upper School i*n 1992 where she won the *Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition. Upon graduation she moved to Switzerland to join the Zurich Ballet, followed bythe Luzern Ballet and the Bern Ballet. During this time, she continued to develop a relationship with the Royal Balllet, choreographing regularly for*The Royal Ballet’s Dance Bites tours*. In 2000 she returned to London as a freelance choreographer/dancer. In the last six years she has choreographed for the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, the Basel Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, George Piper Dances, The Ensemble Group, and many other companies. In 2002 she was made the first Associate Artist of The Royal Opera House. This relationship saw the ROH produce four evenings of Marston’s work in the Linbury Theatre including a full-length adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts*as well as one act ballets such as *_before the tempest…after the storm_, Asyla, Traces, Sophie, Stateless*and *Broken Fiction. Marston was also commissioned to create four short works for the screen by Channel Four, working with film director, Margaret Williams on You Cuba. She was short listed for the Jerwood Choreographic Awards in 2000, the UK Critics Circles Awards in 2003/2004 and the Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2004. Current projects and commissions includework with the The Place Prize, Washington Ballet, The Royal Opera, Northern Ballet Theatre and ROH2.

Tour details

Thur 7 September 8pm TRURO Hall For Cornwall www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Thur 14 September 7.30pm SHREWSBURY Music Hall www.musichall.co.uk

19 September 8pm BRACKNELL South Hill Park www.southhillpark.org.uk

Wed 27 September 7.30pm & Sat 30 September 2.30pm, Linbury Studio Theatre , the Royal Opera House www.roh.org.uk

Tue 3 October 8pm HIGH WYCOMBE Town Hall www.wycombeswan.co.uk

Tue 17 October 8pm NOTTINGHAM Lakeside Arts Centre www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Tue 24 October 8pm NEWCASTLE Dance City www.dancecity.co.uk

Thur 26 October 7.30pm STOCKTON Arc www.arconline.co.uk

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