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“When you're a 'guest choreographer' moving from company to company you are working solely on your own work without a responsibility towards a larger vision. As Director of Bern Ballet I felt inspired bringing other dancers/choreographers together; learning from our exchanges. I’m delighted that in the case of Ihsan Rustem, an artist I brought to Bern as a dancer has since developed into an accomplished and internationally acclaimed choreographer; our artistic alchemy remains as potent as when we first met, and I’m thrilled to embark on this project together which I’m certain will be groundbreaking for all involved.” Cathy Marston

Cathy Marston

Artistic Director / Choreographer

British-born Cathy Marston received her dance training in Cambridge and at the Royal Ballet School London and subsequently danced with the Zurich Ballet, the Lucerne Theatre Ballet and the Ballet Bern. She was Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House London for four years before joining the Konzert Theater Bern as Ballet Director in 2007, where she remained until 2013. At the same time, she founded  The Cathy Marston Project and created countless dance productions as an internationally acclaimed choreographer, including for The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. In 2019 and 2021, Cathy Marston won the UK National Dance Award for The Suit (Ballet Black) / The Cellist (The Royal Ballet) and in 2020 received the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award for her production of Victoria with Northern Ballet. In the same year she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Institute of Dance and Theatre. From the 2023/24 season she will be the new Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer of Ballet Zurich.

“She has let the drama bleed through the dance.” Telegraph

Passionate about opening original ideas to new audiences, Cathy crafts unexpected matches between classical and contemporary art forms, for example, commissioning a new score for soprano voice and female beat-boxer by Dave Maric, or commissioning composer, Gabriel Prokofiev, to write for orchestra and DJ for her full-length ballet, Ein Winternachtstraum.

Cathy’s proudest moments include major creations for The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Northern Ballet, Danish Royal Ballet (and many more) founding her company, The Cathy Marston Project as well as leading the Bern Ballet safely away from the brink of closure to become a flourishing and celebrated ensemble.