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5 artists on stage


Vertical Influences is a contemporary skating double-bill. Through a unique virtuosity, "Influences" explores human inter-relations and the the link between an individual and its group.


Leadership, bullying, individualism, rivalry… We see a group living obvious tensions but evolving toward a new harmony. In “Vertical”, a superb group of five liberated individuals challenges the audience. Through an almost dizzying rhythmic and choreographic essay, a new relationship is explored between the audience and the stage: spectators seated on the playing surface will see very closely skating that moves air … a lot of air. Vertical Influences has been presented more than 130 times: theatres programming outside the walls, integration into artistic festivals, creation of a special attraction for an ice rink, etc. With their equipment, the company transforms themselves standard hockey arenas such as they are discreetly present everywhere into ephemeral theatres. It can also use outdoor skating rinks or have temporary skating rinks installed in any location. In all cases, well-established technical expertise allows ultra-fast assembly and dismantling, minimizing the impact of presentations on the schedules of the ice rinks involved.



Choreography Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley, Jasmin Boivin (Le Patin Libre) 

Original music Jasmin Boivin 

Playwright Ruth Little 

Lighting design Lucy Carter 

Costume design Jenn Pocobene

and partners

Produced by Le Patin Libre 

Commission by Emma Gladstone of the Dance Umbrella Festival (London, United Kingdom), the National Arts Center in Ottawa (Canada) and the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France) 

Research support Jerwood Project at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK 

Production support Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Montreal Council for the Arts


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