Symphonie dramatique

  • Work in Progress
  • Youth-friendly (secondary school)
  • Photo: Damian Siqueiros
  • Daphnée Laurendeau, Alexandre Carlos

    Photo: Damian Siqueiros



  • Théâtre du Rift
    • February 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
  • Théâtre du Bic
    • March 14, 2014, 7:30 pm
  • Total duration: 55 min
  • For this new creation geared to audiences aged 9 and over, Hélène Blackburn and Pierre Lecours, the creators of GOLD and DUELS, have set their sights on a mythical couple, Romeo and Juliet, from the masterpiece of romanticism by William Shakespeare. There have been numerous adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, in theatre, music, dance, cinema, opera and musical comedy. And while its principal theme - impossible love - is known to most people, several interesting secondary themes are also at play in this complex work, including war, duality, time, and destiny versus chance. Other than the love story at the heart of this tale, our creators are interested in its context - in the duality of families and in the war and tragedy that are central to the story. We believe that these themes will strike a chord with young people in societies where duality and religious, social or cultural tensions are ubiquitous (and where all are conducive to creation) and with the Romeos and Juliets of this world who make headlines because love, and above all first love, is often a transgression.

    Like our previous works, Symphonie dramatique, first and foremost, will be a dance work that attempts to lend a physical body to the different facets of this famous couple such as seduction, desire, transgression and death. It will set out to make audiences feel the physical power of the conflict and the energy of the confrontation. Like the music of Hector Berlioz, the power and poetry of the text by William Shakespeare are sure to strike a special chord in this creation.

    • Year of premiere: 2014
    • Target audience: Jeunesse (9 ans et plus)
    • Choreographer(s): Hélène Blackburn, avec la précieuse collaboration des danseurs
    • Performer(s): 8 interprètes
    • Collaborator(s):

      Chorégraphie de Hélène Blackburn en collaboration avec les danseurs et Pierre Lecours

      Musique de Martin Tétreault

      Costumes de Hélène Blackburn

      Scénographie de Hélène Blackburn & Samuel Thériault

      Vidéo de Samuel Thériault

      Éclairages de Émilie Boyer-Beaulieu

    This project will be presented as a coproduction with the Agora de la danse, in collaboration with the Laval-based RTA (Rencontres Théâtre Ado), an extremely dynamic organization involved in touring works for adolescents. It will be accompanied by a major audience development component. The premiere is slated for the winter of 2014.

    Last update: 5 décembre 2014