Five strong troupe Le Patin Libre use the ice in daring and dazzling ways to present a completely new perspective in 10-minute film Vertical. Commissioned by The Space and produced by Dance Umbrella, this film brings us thrillingly up close to the action, capturing the performers slashing and slicing the ice at top speed in one half of their award-winning double-bill Vertical Influences.

The show received rave reviews when it opened at Alexandra Palace as part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2014, winning a Total Theatre Award and a Critics’ Circle nomination in 2015 before returning to London in 2016 where it played to sold-out audiences at Somerset House. The hit show has now been seen by audiences all over the world from Melbourne to Montpellier.

Founded by Alexandre Hamel in 2005, Le Patin Libre break the mould by challenging the conventions of traditional figure-skating through their experimental and at times nonchalant style, which draws influences from theatre, urban dance, and tap. From humble beginnings creating routines on the frozen ponds and canals of their hometown Montréal, their witty, inspired and creative performances have gone on to win fans around the globe.

The film will be broadcast as part of a double bill programme on BBC2 in January 2018.

 

“ It’s chilly down there on the ice, but [this] is one of those rare shows I could willingly have sat through all over again” Guardian 2015 ★★★★★

“You watch, dazzled, as the five-strong collective compete against each other, flirting, mock-fighting, dragging skates backwards, seemingly against gravity”  Evening Standard 2015 ★★★★

“You feel it in your own body when watching these skaters up close, and it’s absolutely exhilarating.” Edinburgh Festival/The List 2015 ★★★★★

“Watching Le Patin Libre is like dreaming about flying – it is a liberating, exhilarating, breath taking experience. This quintet of former professional figure skaters have freed themselves from the shackles of sequins and judged technical perfection to create a new kind of ice dance.” The Stage 2016 ★★★★

Choreographed and performed by
ALEXANDRE HAMEL
PASCALE JODOIN
SAMORY BA
TAYLOR DILLEY
JASMIN BOIVIN

Artistic direction
ALEXANDRE HAMEL

Technical Director
DAVID BABIN

Original Dramaturgy
RUTH LITTLE

Lighting
LUCY CARTER

Composer
JASMIN BOIVIN

Camera
MARC ROVIRA
ALEX FOURACRE

Sound
TIM WORTH
ANDREW GRIFFITHS
MICHAEL O’DONOGHUE

Dubbing Mixer
SIMON COUZENS

Film Editor
BEN MILLNER

Assistant Producer
MARION MAROT
Production Manager
GEMMA CHAPMAN

Associate Producer
JOHN DENTON

Producers
ANU GIRI
SIMON RICHARDSON

Director
EDDIE FROST

Executive Producers
EMMA GLADSTONE
MICHAEL PROUDFOOT

A Dance Umbrella / Proudfoot Ltd Production commissioned by The Space

Filmed at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, London

© Dance Umbrella MMXVII