Hélène Blackburn

Since 1983, Hélène Blackburn’s bold choreographic voice has been heard both in Canada and abroad. Discovering dance at the age of five, it was only after pursuing studies in ethnography and drama that she returned to her first passion, finding it to be the best medium in which to develop and express her perceptions of human behaviour, a subject she finds inexhaustible. She received her professional training at the Linda Rabin Dance Studios (now LADMMI – School of Contemporary Dance) and at the University of Quebec in Montreal (B.A. in 1984, M.A. in 1996). At UQAM, she met Jean-Pierre Perreault, participating as dancer in the creation of JOE. She then danced with the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault from 1983 to 1989 in Stella, Nuit, Les lieux-dits and Piazza. As an artist committed to the advancement of her discipline, a sought-after choreographer and respected teacher, Hélène Blackburn has also distinguished herself outside of Cas Public. She receives regular commissions from various companies, including Bare Bones and Diversions in the UK and Panta Reis in Norway, for which she has choreographed works for the general public as well as for young audiences. As teacher or choreographer, she also collaborates with the main centres for professional dance training in Canada and Europe, including LADMMI, Concordia University, UQAM, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, École de Danse de Québec, the Laban Centre in London and the Accademia di Danza in Venice. In 1990, Canada Council for the Arts recognized the originality and quality of her approach by awarding her the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. In 1999, the prestigious Laban Centre in London presented her with the Bonnie Bird Choreography Prize for North America. CAS PUBLIC received the OFQJ Creation Award at RIDEAU in 2001 and the Rideau Touring Award in 2002.