9 performers on skates in purple costumes move in formation across the ice.
Le Patin Libre, Murmuration © Nora Houguenade
Le Patin Libre, Murmuration © Nora Houguenade
Le Patin Libre, Murmuration © Nora Houguenade
Le Patin Libre, Murmuration © Nora Houguenade
Family programming Dance Contemporary
  • In-person event

  • Ages 4+

  • Approx. 45 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Friday, March 28, 2025 11:00 am Without words Seats available

“Dancers transform into flocks of birds in this dizzying ballet on ice that will take your breath away! ”

Gliding with lightning speed, Le Patin Libre is propelled by rigorous precision and enthusiasm. These iconoclastic skaters astonished and revolutionized the world of dance with their first two on-ice routines, and their innovative vision of the art of skating has launched them onto rinks all over the world.

Their new work investigates the mechanisms that govern how starlings move together in the haunting aerial synchronisations called murmurations. Almost imperceptible micromovements and instinctive changes in direction create a chain reaction that dictates the trajectory of the flock, whose members are constantly on the alert and attuned to those around them. Murmuration transmits the dynamic interactions of a harmonious and exhilarating coexistence. These high-flying skaters will have the whole family’s hearts soaring!

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Co-Presented with Ville de Gatineau.


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    Featuring Le Patin Libre
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    Choreography Alexandre Hamel
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    Choreography Pascale Jodoin
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    Choreography Samory Ba
  • Choreography Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba
  • With Oktawia Ścibior, David Billiau, Kristýna Mikulášová, Taylor Dilley, Sophie Blomqwist, Garrett Kling, Jennifer Edwards, Isaac Lindy, Maude Poulin, Jacqueline Benson, Haley Alcock, Imogen Croft, Samory Ba, Pascale Jodoin, Alexandre Hamel
  • Lighting design Yoann Tivoli
  • Music Philippe Le Bon, Jasmin Boivin
  • Costumes Charlyne Guay, Pascale Jodoin
  • Artistic advisor Yaron Lifschitz
  • Co-production National Creation Fund of the National Arts Centre, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, CanDance Creation Fund: Danse Danse,  National Arts Centre, Dance House, Fall for Dance North and TO Live, La Rotonde
  • With support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Dance North Scotland, Le Dôme ice rink (Laon, France), Le Blizz ice rink (Rennes, France), City of Baie-Saint-Paul
  • Co-presented with Ville de Gatineau

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