Successful Ibsen ballet returns

 Date:08/06/2006 - 10/06/2006
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, London

The Royal Opera House's ballet version of Ibsen’s play 'Ghosts' returns to London in June following its successful premiere last year.

Acclaimed choreographer Cathy Marston has created a new narrative ballet for her first full-length work in the Linbury at the Royal Opera House inspired by Ibsen’s poignant drama 'Ghosts', where past actions return to haunt the present and ‘ghosts’ have more vitality than the living. Characters absent from the play take centre stage in a setting of moving images evocative of the work’s Norwegian roots with a brand new atmospheric layered score of live and recorded music.

Centred on Mrs Alving, one of Ibsen’s most important and intriguing heroines, 'Ghosts' draws the audience  into a family tragedy – that of the terrible legacy her son Oswald inherits, the consequences of which destroys them both. Through dance and music, Marston’s choreography reveals undercurrents in the play that words cannot, yet it will retain the tensions and subtleties of the original, keeping faith with one of the 20th Century’s greatest dramas. Ibsen’s centenary is celebrated throughout 2006.

This specially commissioned collaboration from Marston and her team of composer Dave Maric, designer Jon Bausor, video artist Peter Anderson and dramaturg Edward Kemp marks the culmination of her work as an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House.  These world premiere performances will be performed by a cast of fine dance artists including Matthew Hart, Charlotte Broom, Jenny Tattersall, Chris Akrill, Omar Gordon, Martina Langman and Clemmie Sveaas.

Linbury at the Royal Opera House
8 - 10 June, 8pm
Tickets (£17, £14 students and ROH Access List) can be bought from the ROH box office on 02073044000 or the website

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Ghost - Royal Opera House, 22-25 SeptemberPhoto: Clare Park