Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Symphonie Dramatique. It was last on stage 23–26 September 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
Québécois dance company Cas Public have won widespread acclaim for bringing thrilling contemporary dance to younger audiences. Symphonie Dramatique is their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Eight dancers tell the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers with the company’s characteristic contagious energy, shedding new light on literature’s most famous love story. Sound artist Martin Tétreault creates the score, drawing on Romeo and Juliet music written by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gounod and others.
Cas Public was founded by choreographer and dancer Hélène Blackburn in 1989. Blackburn has developed a strong collaborative attitude within the company – the dancers themselves play an integral role in creating the choreography for new works. Cas Public made their first work for young audiences in 2001 with the hugely successful Nous n’irons plus au bois (If you go down to the woods) and have continued to build an international reputation for widening the audience of contemporary dance.
News and features
Watch: Hélène Blackburn of Cas Public on fusing ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance in Symphonie Dramatique7 July 2015
The Québécois dance company is bringing a thrilling take on Romeo and Juliet to the ROH as part of Deloitte Ignite 2015.