Le Patin Libre (Canada)
Photo: Rolline Laporte

Le Patin Libre-Threshold

Contemporary ice skating for the first time at Kuopio Dance Festival. Members of Le Patin Libre, are all highly trained skaters. Threshold examines glide in its’ many forms. Le Patin Libre defies traditional figure skating rules and creates something whole new. Audience can get an on ice experience and sees the performance directly on the ice.

Le Patin Libre was founded in 2005, by Alexandre Hamel, then a retiring professional figure skater and fine arts university student.  “We take full advantage of what makes skating a unique and legitimate art form: the glide”, explains Alexandre Hamel. “The glide allows the disconnection of the body’s displacement in space from its physical movement.” A Le Patin Libre performance is an adrenalin-laced experience. “We use that rush to fuel our choreographic poetry.” The same artistic team—skaters Pascale Jodoin, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley, Samory Ba and Alexandre Hamel, joined by dramaturg Ruth Little—brings us another gravity-defying show. “Dancers and acrobats have to walk, run, flip, leap, and so on. We, on the other hand, can zoom around without moving a muscle!”

Duration 70 min. incl. interval. 

Wear warm clothes and boots for your comfort. You will be seated right on the rink of Lippumäki Ice Arena.

To get Lippumäki Ice Arena, there is also available bus transportation. Bus ticket price is 10 € (performance ticket+10 €). Bus leaves from Maljalahdenkatu, behind the Kuopio City Hall. You can buy ticket from lippu.fi

Bus departure times:
14.15. (performance at 15.00)
17.15. (performance at 18.00)

For Kuopio Region Public Transport options, see: vilkku.kuopio.fi/en

Lippumäki Ice Arena address is: Rauhalahdentie 66

Choreography: Le Patin Libre (Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Jasmin Boivin, Taylor Dilley)
Original Music: Jasmin Boivin
Dramaturgy: Ruth Little
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter, Sean Gleason
Costumes: Pascale Jodoin
Technical Director and Sound Designer: David Babin

Coproduction: Danse Danse, Dance Umbrella, NAC, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Nuits de Fourvière de Lyon. Financial support CALQ, CAM. Creation support The Yard, Martha's Vineyard, Patinoire Le Dôme, Laon, France, YMCA Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal, Atrium 1000 De La Gauchetière.

Shows and tickets

Lippumäki Ice Arena
43,50 €
Lippumäki Ice Arena
43,50 €

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