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Le Patin Libre combines urban street dance with artistic expression on the ice

by on January 27, 2017

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On Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. during Fredericton Frostival, the Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series will present Le Patin Libre performing Vertical Influences at Willie O’Ree Place.

Montreal-based company Le Patin Libre describes their performances as “contemporary dance on ice.” Formed by former high-level figure skaters in 2005, the group has transformed their athleticism into a means of free expression. The five-member troupe is reinventing ice skating by bringing urban street dance and high-level artistic expression onto the ice, with a mix of movement, wit, speed and grace.

In their two-part piece Vertical Influences, Le Patin Libre explores human interrelations between individuals and the groups they are part of. They touch on leadership, bullying, individualism and rivalry, all while evolving toward a new harmony. The performance challenges audiences with an almost vertiginous rhythmic and choreographic essay.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a free Experience More! Public Skate with Le Patin Libre on Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m. in Officers’ Square. During this event, members of Le Patin Libre will perform an excerpt from Vertical Influences, and will also lead skaters in a series of participative activities, allowing them to experience the freedom and pleasure of this new kind of ice dancing.

Tickets for Le Patin Libre are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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