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