Cas Public/ Hélenè Blackburn

Edinburgh International Festival 2019

Known for its eloquent dance, Montreal-based Cas Public is home to an atypical performer. Cai Glover overcame a hearing impairment to become a professional dancer. Choreographer Hélène Blackburn uses his disability as a point of departure for her athletic creation. Perceiving, experiencing, understanding. Our senses allow us to apprehend the world around us. How is it possible to capture the monumental grandeur of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony — one of the masterworks in the classical repertoire — if, like its composer, our hearing is impaired? 9 brings this challenge to vivid life through a bold journey of sensation.

Artist credits

Hélène Blackburn Choreographer
Johan De Smet Dramaturgy
Martin Tétreault Music
Kenneth Michiels Films
Emilie B-Beaulieu & Hélène Blackburn Lighting Designers
Michael Slack & Hélène Blackburn Costume Designers

Performers Nicholas Bellefleur-Bondu, Cai Glover, Daphnée Laurendeau, Carson McDougall, Danny Morissette

9 is a creation of Cas Public in co-production with Kopergietery, Spect’Art Rimouski and Place des Arts in Montreal. The creation has benefited from a creative residency at Place des Arts (Montreal), Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal), Kopergietery (Ghent), Le Tarmac – La scène internationale francophone (Paris) and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff).

Xavi Montojo