Cas Public has been known since its very beginning for its physical and eloquent dance. What is less well known is that over the years, the company has housed several dancers considered atypical, either by their training, their background or their physical uniqueness. For more than a decade, Cai Glover has worked with the company. Cai's particularity is that his hearing is impaired, without the support of his cochlear implant, he is deaf. As he overcame his hearing impairment to become a professional dancer coupled with the professional and personal encounter that ensued, choreographer Hélène Blackburn has taken the unusual step of using this as a point of departure for this creation creation. A sort of illustrious laboratory on perception, the work questions our senses. Perceiving, experiencing, understanding. Our senses allow us to apprehend the world around us. This sine qua non condition is like a window onto what lies outside of us ; without it things elude us in part. How is it possible to capture the monumental grandeur of the 9th Symphony – one of the masterworks in the classical repertoire – if, like Beethoven, our hearing is impaired ? Why do humans tend to lend emotions to objects that are essentially inanimate ? Is it possible to dance without seeing? 9 incarnates this challenge through a bold journey of sensation. In coproduction with Kopergietery, the work is sure to appeal to all generations by pushing back the limits of silence to rise above difference and transform the body into language.
Coproduction : Cas Public & Kopergietery
Choreographer and Artistic Direction : Hélène Blackburn
Dramaturgy : Johan De Smet
Music : Martin Tétreault
Lighting Design : Emilie B-Beaulieu and Hélène Blackburn
Scenography : Hélène Blackburn
Costumes : Michael Slack and Hélène Blackburn
Technical Direction : Emmanuel Landry
Films : Kenneth Michiels
With the participation of : Seymanur Kizilca, Evgeni Miroslavov, Chaz Keith Salfamones, Ramzi Serrai, Burhan Zambu
Photos : Damian Siqueiros
Year of creation : 2016
KOPERGIETERY is a performing arts centre with a focus on theatre, dance and music... is a former factory building situated in the centre of Ghent and host to theatre companies and artists from Belgium and abroad. Its activities are directed largely towards young audiences.
9 is a creation of Cas Public and Kopergietery, coproduced with Spect'Art Rimouski and Place des Arts de Montreal. 9 received a creative residency at Place des Arts de Montreal, at Maison de la culture Mercier (Montreal), at Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal), Kopergietery (Gand), the Tarmac - la scène internationale francophone (Paris) and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta).