When she founded her company in 1989, Hélène Blackburn was already a rising star amidst a new generation of contemporary dance artists. While Cas Public exists
due to the sustained efforts of its founder, the company aims above all to be a rallying point for artists of different horizons, gravitating around a shared choreographic research process. In
avoiding the choice of an eponymous name for her company, Hélène Blackburn sought to distance herself from the myth of the omniscient choreographer. She views creation as a collective act and as
such, the company name itself is a reflection of her social interests and convictions regarding the artist's role in society.
At the outset of each new creative journey, the choreographer and her collaborators strive to revitalize their vocabulary and their approach, bringing their
themes to greater depths and always treating them with vigour and a touch of humour. After twenty or so years of research, the company's work can be seen as a compendium of observations on the
age-old enigma of the human condition. Its fiery choreographic scores, combining intense physicality and an innate sense of theatre, stand markedly apart from established codes and cast a sharp
yet sensitive light on our human foibles.
Over the years, Cas Public has succeeded in positioning itself amongst Canadian companies which enjoy an international reputation. Nonetheless, the company
remains well anchored within Quebec's cultural landscape, where it continues to promote contemporary dance and contribute to its development. While still creating for wide audiences, Cas Public
took on a new challenge in 2001 with its first creation for young audiences, Nous n'irons plus au bois, a piece that has been presented over 300 times. Barbe Bleue, Journal intime,
Le cabaret dansé des vilains petits canards, Variations S et GOLD, the youth creations that followed it, have been presented in reputable festivals and theatres throughout the
world, from Chicoutimi to Madrid via the Opera Bastille in Paris and Opera de Bordeaux.
For over 25 years, each of the creations that have marked the evolution of Cas Public attests to the pursuit of excellence through the renewal of gestural
codes. Recognized for the passionate and daring physicality of its dance, Cas Public has secured its reputation with works of exceptional quality and a sustained presence on national and