English choreographer and artistic director Cathy Marston was an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House 2002–07. She had already developed a close relationship with the Royal Opera House, creating several projects with the ROH Learning and Participation department and in 1997 her first work for The Royal Ballet, Figure in Progress. During her tenure as Associate Artist, Marston’s signature emerged, as she sought movement-based forms for telling stories, emotions and ideas. Commissions for the Linbury Studio Theatre included Ghosts (after Henrik Ibsen), before the tempest… after the storm and Echo and Narcissus, and choreography for Bird of Night (Royal Opera). Marston continued her affiliation with the ROH as she took on directorship of Bern Ballett 2007–2013, through biennial guest performances with Bern Ballett in the Linbury Studio Theatre of her works Witch-hunt, Wuthering Heights and Clara. She returned in 2015 to create the choreography for Król Roger for The Royal Opera.
Marston was educated in Cambridge and at The Royal Ballet Upper School. Her choreographic portfolio includes international commissions from such companies as English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Danza Contemporánea de Cuba and Finnish National Ballet, among others. Known for crafting unexpected matches between classical and contemporary art forms, Marston’s highlights include the narrative works Three Sisters and Ein Winternachtstraum, and a unique collaboration between dancers, a soprano and female beatboxer.
Marston launched the charitable company, The Cathy Marston Project, in 2006. She was a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow 2013–14.