Walker Art Center and Northrop Present

Le Patin Libre

Apr 2019
About the Event

Thu, Apr 25, 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm at Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena in Golden Valley
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Sat, Apr 27, 3:00 pm & 7 pm at Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena in St. Paul
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Vertical Influences 

Le Patin Libre breaks the mold by challenging the conventions of traditional figure skating through their innovative style that draws influences from theatre, street dance, and tap. From humble beginnings creating routines on the frozen ponds and canals of their hometown Montréal, these five performers have created a witty and inspired one-hour spectacle that uses the ice in daring and dazzling ways.

Both days include a separate excerpt performance of Tracing Steps, a new work by Twin Cities–based Brownbody, which the ensemble describes as “Black social dances from centuries of slavery in America that are translated to the ice." Free tickets for Brownbody’s performance are available on-site one hour before the program, which are at 4:00 pm Thu, Apr 25 and 5:00 pm Sat, Apr 27.

DRESS WARMLY, as audiences will be seated on the ice for a thrilling “up-close” view of this ice-dance treat.

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Related Events
Black on Ice: A Conversation on Cultures and Contexts

Monday, April 22, 7 pm
East Side Freedom Library
Free, but online reservations requested. RSVP here.

Join Brownbody for a conversation about the cultural significance of black skaters who have grown up, trained, and competed in various ice sports and arts dominated by white aesthetics and culture. Moderated by Clarence White (East Side Freedom Library); with Deneane Richburg (Brownbody), Samory Ba (Le Patin Libre), and other special guests who will share their personal stories. Presented by Brownbody in partnership with the East Side Freedom Library.

 


 

Advanced Skater Workshop with Le Patin Libre

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
Breck School/Anderson Ice Arena
$10 per person

Do you feel comfortable on ice? Le Patin Libre will share how they liberated their athletic skills to create a form of contemporary performance based on glide. This pure fun workshop suits anybody with basic skating skills, including athletes with strong figure skating or hockey experience. Participants will be encouraged to use their personal skating style as an artistic medium. Limited to 50 participants.

Please bring your own skates. The arena will open 30 minutes prior to the workshop.

 


 

Beginning Skater Workshop with Le Patin Libre

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena
$10 per person

This playful “learn to ice-dance” workshop can be enjoyed by all skaters. Le Patin Libre believes that approaching ice-skating as a form of dance will help improve your skating skills, even if you’re a total beginner. Through choreographic games and simple teachings, the artists will convince participants that anybody can feel the magic of glide and enjoy the freedom and liberation of ice-dancing. Limited to 50 participants.

Please bring your own skates. Some skates will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis but sizes are limited. The arena will open 30 minutes prior to the workshop.

 


 

Ice-Dancing Party

Saturday, April 27, 8:30–9:30 pm
Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena
FREE

Join the artists of Le Patin Libre for an ice-dancing party after their final performance. There will be help for beginners, good tunes, and playful mini-workshops so that we can turn this ice rink into a dance floor. https://youtu.be/GBJYY1c_6Mw

Please bring your own skates. Some skates will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis but sizes are limited.