ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK
PAYS “HOMAGE” TO THE VICTIMS OF THE PARIS ATTACKS
WITH ITS CITY SKATE CONCERT ON MARCH 23!
New York, NY (March 16, 2016): The Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) returns to the world famous Rink at Rockefeller Center this March 23 with its annual City Skate Concert Series and will feature the U.S. Premiere of “Homage” a piece restaged for the ITNY Ensemble by Florentine Houdinière.
This piece was created in Paris to honor those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks on November 13th as well as the many others who have fallen due to acts of violence throughout the world. This piece is a plea for peace and understanding between all people.
This City Skate Concert will be presented on Wednesday, March 23 at 1:00 P.M. at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, located on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Street in midtown Manhattan. (Rain date is the next day at 1PM)
In addition to “Homage” the ITNY Ensemble will present several pieces of its own repertory, as well as ice dancer Beata Handra performing “Into the Light” choreographed by Lorna Brown (former member of the John Curry Company) and a Michael Jackson Tribute by Quebec ice artist and international competitor Elladj Baldé.
The 2016 City Skate Concert Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Ice Theatre of New York receives funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dance/NYC, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Pioneer Fund, Richard T Button Foundation, the Will Sears Fund and its generous private patrons.
About Florentine Houdinière
Florentine Houdinière was French Junior champion, member of the French National team, and an international competitor. After turning professional, she was the lead in several Disney On Ice productions, as well Holiday on Ice. In 2001 Houdinière joined Ice Theatre of New York. She was the principal dancer in ITNY’s tribute to 9/11, “Departures”, choreographed by Douglas Webster. In addition to performing, she also choreographs for international competitors.
Since 2006 she has participated in TV shows in Holland, Belgium & England, both as a performer and choreographer. Among various projects, she directed and choreographed the Holiday on Ice French winter production in 2011; and she recently choreographed for Olympic Ice Dance Champion Gwendal Peizerat in the French TV production the ICE SHOW.
Houdinière is currently the cofounder and choreographer of the SKATE UP brand activities. She writes and stages numerous artistic projects and choreographs for skating clubs and competitors in France and abroad.
As a Parisian, the November 13th Paris events rocked her to the core and she knew she wanted to contribute something in her own way, on the ice. She went ahead and created « Hommage «. She is thrilled to be invited by ITNY to re-stage the piece in New York with ensemble members from the Company.
About Ice Theatre of New York
Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) has changed the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of movement, music and art. Its mission is to elevate dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to seeing skating in unexpected ways. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to building and performing works of artistic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through education, community outreach and training programs.
For more information on Ice Theatre of New York or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows call 212.929.5811, or visit www.icetheatre.org.