9, which takes as its starting point Cas Public dancer Cai Glover’s hearing impairment, is set to Beethoven’s masterful Ninth Symphony, created at a time when the composer was almost completely deaf.
In 9 Blackburn explores the unique way in which Cai Glover perceives and experiences music and movement. She examines how our senses allow us to comprehend the world around us by taking us on a bold journey of sensation to demonstrate how movement can surpass our differences, transforming the body into a language that can help us perceive, experience and understand phenomena.
At only 50 minutes a relatively short piece, 9 is being performed in matinees at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre throughout half-term, and is intended for both children and adults.
Founded in 1989 by Hélène Blackburn, Cas Public is a Montreal-based company that prides itself on producing highly physical contemporary dance works for a general audience.
The company is internationally renowned for its extraordinary choreographies, underpinned by detailed research and collective development work undertaken with the dancers.
Throughout 9, Blackburn plays with the contrasting use of music and silence, assisted by the free improvisational musician Martin Tétreault. As the performers of Cas Public and Kopergietery take to the stage and respond to the well-known melodies, Blackburn uses their movement to question how we can capture the magnificence of music if, like Beethoven, our hearing is impaired.
The choreography expressively weaves sign language and pedestrian gestures with ballet and contemporary dance techniques.
Age Guidance: 5+
|What||Cas Public, 9, Linbury Theatre|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
25 May 19 – 30 May 19, 14:45 Sun 16:00 Thur 19:00 Dur.: 50 mins no interval
|Website||Click here to book|