SHARP dance on ice cold floor

Vertical Influences can simply be described as contemporary dance on skates or ice dance, free from sequins and technique points. A quintet consisting of earlier professional figure skaters invite the audience to a unique experience in two parts. Together they show proof of a footwork that cuts and slices the ice underneath them. Their choreographic formations are a liberating and breath-taking experience – performed in a surrounding of frozen air clouds. You will never experience something similar again, neither on ice or on stage.

Le Patin Libre is a contemporary company from Montreal using ice skating as an artistic base. They use ice, skates and glides as a medium and many labels their performance as ‘contemporary dance on ice’.  The collective was established in 2005 by professional figure skaters and their intentions were to create choreographic art performances.

press quotes

“Vertical Influences will blow your mind”
The Guardian

“athletic chic and street dnace swagger.”
The Australian

“a revolution for ice-skating.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung


Choreography: Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley, Jasmin Boivin
Music: Jasmin Boivin
Dramaturg: Ruth Little
Light designer: Lucy Carter
Costume designer: Jenn Pocobene
Produced by: Le Patin Libre
Commissioned by: Emma Gladstone and the Dance Umbrella Festival (London, UK), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada) and the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France)
Research support: Jerwood Project at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre (London, UK)
Production support: Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des Arts de Montréal
Photo: Alicia Clarke
Length: 70 min