Ibsen play becomes a London ballet

 Date:22/09/2005 - 25/09/2005
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, London

The Royal Opera House has turned Ibsen’s play 'Ghosts' into a ballet performance which premieres on 22 September.

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 will be celebrated in 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.

The ballet will run 22, 23 and 24 September at 8pm as well as 25 September at 4pm

23 September also sees the launch of Marston’s own company; The Cathy Marston Project, aiming to unite creative artists from a range of disciplines to create new and innovative dance works. In a unique agreement with ROH2, the company plans to tour the Royal Opera House production of 'Ghosts' plus new and existing works in Spring 2006.

Tickets 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