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Vertical Influences

Le Patin Libre (Montreal) | Dance Umbrella Festival (London, UK) in partnership with National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada) Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France)

APR 18 – 30, 2017

Venue: Britannia Ice Rink, 1661 Parker St, Vancouver, BC

Presented with Tom Lightburn
Production Support: Anndraya Luui
Community Partner: Britannia Community Services Centre
Community Partner: Blanket BC

The virtuosity of award-winning figure skating joyfully meets the attitude of street dance and the sophistication of contemporary performance. Rising stars Le Patin Libre are creating a new kind of ice dancing, far beyond the confines of traditional figure skating. There are no sparkles, no stereotypes, and no fuzzy animal costumes. Coming off a sold-out European tour, this is your chance to see the fresh and inventive Canadian group before they explode onto the international scene. An all-ages spectacle of dizzying spins, spiraling arabesques, and maximum fun.

THE DRAW: “A pure body rush. Astounding ★★★★★” — The Guardian, UK

Special performance!
Ticketholders for the April 22, 7 pm performance are invited to join us for a free post-show Skate Dance Party on the ice! 100 participant wristbands will be available at the box office prior to the performance. First come, first served! Complimentary ice skates will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own!

Vertical Influences is a stunning combination of figure skating and dance” – Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

Do your body a favour: go see Vertical Influences.” – Colin Thomas

In Vertical Influences, we get five young dancers on skates, wearing ponytails, dreads, and baggy street clothes, virtuosically reinventing the form and playfully using it to upend notions of time, space, and physics. With equal amounts of sass and technique, they tear up the sheet of ice.” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight

Generously supported by:

Apr 18, 7PM: Opening Night
Apr 19 – 22, 25, 27 – 29: 7PM
Apr 22 – 23, 29 – 30: 2PM
Apr 26: 1:30PM

Running Time:
75 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission

Community Partner: 

We’ve teamed up with Blanket BC to collect your gently used blankets and warm clothing at Vertical Influences. Bring your blankets and warm clothing to see the show, then donate them to people in need. #SpreadTheWarmth





Cast: Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Jasmin Boivin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley
Choreography: Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Jasmin Boivin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley
Understudy performer: Sylvain Bouillère
Dramaturg: Ruth Little
Music: Jasmin Boivin
Lighting designer: Lucy Carter
Associate lighting designer: Nia Wood
Technical director: David Babin

What People are Saying

Just the little I watched is so inspirational....I...

Just the little I watched is so inspirational….I just love the unique movements…I really hope I get to see you in person.

-- Sandra MacDonald
I did not enjoy this show: the choreography was ve...

I did not enjoy this show: the choreography was very basic, and the skating elements would be possible to do after 3 months, not 30 years, of practice. Electronic music, skating on one leg, gliding – nothing in this show was of professional quality, and definately not worth charging $53 per person. Anyone who knows how to skate would see that they could do these elements and “dance” themselves after a few months of practice, that is why a third of the people did not clap at the end of the show.

-- Kristina

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