Le Patin Libre, whose members are all highly trained skaters, caused a sensation in 2014 with Vertical Influences, a revolutionary display of contemporary dance on ice. “We take full advantage of what makes skating a unique and legitimate art form: the glide”, explains Alexandre Hamel. “The glide allows the disconnection of the body’s displacement in space from its physical movement.” A Le Patin Libre performance is an adrenalin-laced experience. “We use that rush to fuel our choreographic poetry.” The same artistic team—skaters Pascale Jodoin, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley, Samory Ba and Alexandre Hamel, joined by dramaturg Ruth Little—brings us another gravity-defying show. “Dancers and acrobats have to walk, run, flip, leap, and so on. We, on the other hand, can zoom around without moving a muscle!”
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Alexandre Hamel (perfect little suburb, Canada) His early successes as a child figure skating champion gave big Olympic dreams to his Mom. After some successes on the national and international competition circuits, he quit for Disney On Ice. After too many shows as Pinocchio, he quit to become the public enemy of Canadian figure skating, daring to launch a troop of “free skaters”. 10 years later, his Mom is just...Read more about Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley
Le Patin Libre is a contemporary ice skating company from Montreal. This performance art uses ice, skates and glide as medias. Some people see our work as a form of “contemporary dance on ice”. The first collective was founded in 2005 by ex high-level figure skaters. They regrouped with the intention of transforming their athleticism into a mean of free expression. Far from sparkles, stereotypes and champions’ demos, the creations of Le...Read more about Le Patin Libre
Choreography Le Patin Libre (Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley).
Original Music Jasmin Boivin.
Dramaturgy Ruth Little.
Lighting Design Lucy Carter, Sean Gleason.
Costumes Pascale Jodoin.
Technical Director and Sound Designer David Babin.
Co-production Danse Danse, Dance Umbrella, Centre national des Arts, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Nuits de Fourvière de Lyon. Soutien financier / Creation support Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts du Canada. Soutien en résidence de création / Creation support—residencies The Yard - Martha’s Vineyard, Patinoire Le Dôme - Laon (France), YMCA HochelagaMaisonneuve, Arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal, Atrium Le 1000, Municipalité de Ferme-Neuve, Municipalité de Saint-André-Avellin. Espace Marie Chouinard.