Former championship figure skaters turned movement innovators, Le Patin Libre transform the traditional hockey rink into a dramatic stage for contemporary movement. Blending speed, precision, and intricate choreography, their first two shows, Vertical Influences and Threshold, have toured the world to great acclaim.
For their next project, the Montreal-based collective brings together a much larger group of 15 skaters to break new choreographic ground. Drawing inspiration from “flocking”, the complex movements exhibited by large groups of birds and fish, its new production explores what motivates creatures when they come together and separate at great speed.
Le Patin Libre was founded in 2005 by Alexandre Hamel, a former professional figure skater and fine arts university student. From early performances presented on frozen ponds, Le Patin Libre has evolved into an acclaimed contemporary dance company that counts international presenters such as UK’s Dance Umbrella and France’s Théâtre de la Ville as champions for this new performing art form.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $160,000 will make it possible for Le Patin Libre to bring together its expanded cast of skaters for several additional workshops dedicated to exploring new techniques and choreography.
Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Conseil des arts de Montréal
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
World premiere in 2021