Invitation to prestige


The Montréal dance company Cas Public was invited to the Royal Opera House in London, in September, to perform Symphonie dramatique—a ballet inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

Cas Public gave six performances of Symphonie dramatique, as part of an event organized by the Royal Opera House to mark the 50 years since choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created his modern ballet based on Shakespeare’s tragic romance. The premiere, with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the leading roles, received 43 curtain calls—the audience refused to leave for 40 minutes!

Hélène Blackburn’s company is very active on the international scene. Since 1989, Cas Public has been developing a powerful and singular choreographic language. This adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece uses a highly contemporary vision to evoke the desperate romantic passion of history’s most famous lovers. Performed by eight virtuoso dancers, Symphonie dramatique will also be presented at the Paris Opera in March 2016.

Now more than ever, with their great success abroad, Montréal dance companies are exemplifying to the world the extraordinary creative vitality of our city.