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Watch: Hélène Blackburn of Cas Public on fusing ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance in Symphonie Dramatique

The Québécois dance company is bringing a thrilling take on Romeo and Juliet to the ROH as part of Deloitte Ignite 2015.

By Daniel Lee

7 July 2015 at 11.42am | 2 Comments

Québécois dance company Cas Public has won widespread acclaim for bringing thrilling contemporary dance to younger audiences. As part of the ROH's Season-opening festival Deloitte Ignite 2015, the company — led by choreographer Hélène Blackburn — will present Symphonie Dramatique, a contemporary dance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

‘We've approached Romeo and Juliet in a really wide way,’ says Hélène. ‘We started from the idea that everybody can be Juliet and everybody can be Romeo. We've tried to give a message of hope about love and about the fact that sometimes you have to betray yourself for love.’

‘We try to be inclusive. The company has a really kind of collective approach - classical ballet is always the base. We use a lot of pointe work but then add a bit of hip-hop dance. There's a lot of really cool things in hip-hop - the way they link movements, the way they use energy and the way they improvise.'

As with the choreography, Martin Tétreault's Symphonie Dramatique score is also a fusion - drawing on Romeo and Juliet-inspired works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gounod and others.

‘Dancing at the Royal Opera House is a dream’, says Hélène. ‘The company are really excited about the invitation’.

Symphonie Dramatique runs from 23-26 September 2015. General booking opens on 14 July 2015.
The production is staged as part of Deloitte Ignite 2015.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Michelle responded on 12 August 2015 at 3:07pm Reply

    What is the minimum age recommendation please?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 12 August 2015 at 3:52pm

      Hi Michelle,

      The production is recommended for those aged 10 and over

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

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