“There is magic in Le Patin Libre’s show. The French-Canadian figure skaters make a new brand of contemporary ice dance, all based on the ghostly glide, the ability to move at great speed while the body remains still.”
The Guardian 4*
Effortlessly engaging, their exhilarating movement characterised by pure invention, the quintet of Le Patin Libre ignore every convention of figure skating to evolve a new dance form – on ice.
In Threshold the charismatic ensemble experiments with the choreographic possibilities of ‘the glide’ – a state that allows the body to travel at speed through space, without moving. Playing with contrast and change, they zoom towards viewers seated on the ice, combining athletic virtuosity with joyous physicality.
The Montreal-based company last wowed London audiences in Dance Umbrella 2014 with their award-winning Vertical Influences (recently seen on BBC2). Dance Umbrella brings the collective’s latest show to the capital, with another adrenalin-fuelled performance of gravity-defying grace and danger.
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Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Alexandra Palace
Co-producers – Dance Umbrella (London), Danse Danse (Montreal, Canada), Théâtre de la Ville de Paris (France), National Arts Centre (Canada), Nuits de Fourvière de Lyon (France)
Supported by Québec Government Office, London