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Cas Public / Hélène Blackburn

Our senses allow us to apprehend the world around us. 9 brings them to vivid life through a bold journey of sensation. A work for families. 

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.

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Part of You Are Here
Suitable for age 7+
Audio Described performance
6 Aug 6pm
Touch Tour
6 Aug 5pm

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). 

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Cas Public
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Hélène Blackburn

Cai Glover

3-6 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

★★★★ Physically intense piece that succeeds in giving a choreographic understanding of being profoundly deaf

The Stage

With thanks to our supporters

Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and

Festival Partners

Claire and Mark Urquhart

With additional support from

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal