Le Patin Libre: Vertical Influences
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Le Patin Libre: Vertical Influences

Le Patin Libre: Vertical Influences. Photo: Zoé Anne.

“The wonderfully fresh and inventive quintet of bearded, dreadlocked, baggy-jeaned dancers spark with movement ideas that I’ve never seen on ice before, let alone on stage.” —The Guardian

Former championship figure skaters turned movement innovators, this Montreal-based group invites you onto the ice for a kinetic experience of exhilarating inventiveness. The joyously engaging performers pull off vertiginous spins, tap and hip-hop footwork, and spiraling arabesques in daring, dazzling ways. With exceptional lighting and sound design, Le Patin Libre’s performance showers audiences with elation.

Both days include an excerpt of Tracing Sacred Steps, a new work by Twin Cities–based Brownbody, which the ensemble describes as “Black social dances from centuries of slavery in America that are translated to the ice.” More details about the free Brownbody performances are available here.

Join us at the rink to experience two unique perspectives of contemporary performance on ice.

Warm coats, hats, and gloves are highly recommended. The performance is 75 minutes including intermission.

Please note: only credit cards will be accepted for night-of purchases at the box offices of the Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena and the Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena.

Copresented by Northrop, University of Minnesota

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  • Support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Producers’ Council members King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury, Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David & Leni Moore Family Foundation, and Laura and John Taft. Additional support provided by the Consulate General of Canada and the Québec Government Office in Chicago.