Somerset House and Dance Umbrella present
Vertical: Le Patin Libre

12 – 16 January 2016

Somerset House and Dance Umbrella were delighted to announce that the hit of Dance Umbrella 2014 returned for a limited run at Somerset House ice rink in January 2016.

The award-winning Canadian quintet carved the ice with their signature blend of technical skill and cutting edge style.  In Vertical, the second half of the show first performed in Dance Umbrella 2014, their mix of intricate footwork, wit, speed and grace pushed the boundaries of what is physically possible and carries ice-skating performance into the 21st century.

For this special performance in the iconic courtyard of Somerset House, they were accompanied by an original soundtrack by Jasmin Boivin, and the unique lighting design of Lucy Carter.

“A flourish of danger, speed and frozen air.”
***** The Guardian, on Vertical

"Brave and brilliant"
***** The Stage, on Vertical

“You watch, dazzled, as the five strong collective compete again each other, flirting, mock-fighting, dragging skates backwards, seemingly against gravity.”
**** Evening Standard, on Vertical Influences

Winners of the Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015; and nominees for Best Modern Choreography Critics’ Circle National Dance Award 2015.

Video Archive

Watch the archive of videos for Le Patin Libre’s performance of Vertical, including interviews with founder Alexandre Hamel on the personalities within the ice skating company and what it means to them to perform at Somerset House. Videos located on YouTube.

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