ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK
2018 HOME SEASON
OCTOBER 12, 13, AND 15, 2018
SPECIAL GUEST: ELLADJ BALDE
New York, NY: Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is proud to announce the launch of its 2018/2019 Season by bringing together world-class professional skaters at its 2018 Home Season at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers in New York City.
The Home Season performances will take place on Friday, October 12, Saturday, October 13, and Monday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M. and will feature the amazing Quebec ice artist, Elladj Balde who received a standing ovation after his recent performance at the 2018 Canadian Nationals.
“If there was a gold medal for skating with heart it would go to Elladj Balde.” -CBC Sports
Performance only tickets range from $25 to $50.
Monday, October 15 will be ITNY’s Benefit Gala and Performance which will honor World and Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, Ice Angel Violet Eagan and Stephanee Grosscup and Kenny Moir with the ITNY Alumni Award.
The Home Season will feature the World Premiere of four pieces. The first by Ensemble Director, Elisa Angeli will be a group piece set entirely to the soundtracks of Fellini Films. The second is a solo by Lorna Brown from the world-renowned John Curry Company. The evening will also include two premieres by ITNY Ensemble members, a new solo by choreographer Joel Dear and a piece by Sally Jeanne Watkins titled “Helium” that will meld together the artistry of figure skating, pole dancing and aerial arts.
In addition to the premieres ITNY will be reprising works from their illustrious repertory including “2:1” by ice and dance choreographer David Liu and “Love Runs Out” by Elisa Angeli.
Skating…”combines and surpasses the joys of flying and dancing: only in certain type of dream do we ever else attain a higher degree of the same ravishing experience of exultantly skimming the earth.” – Ernest Jones, Biographer of Freud
Home Season performances –
Friday, October 12 @ 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating and $50 center seating, and on ice seating $500
Saturday, October 13 @ 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating, $50 center seating, and on ice seating $500
Monday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating (Gala seating starts at $500)
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.
Elladj Baldé – Guest Artist
Elladj Baldé is a Competitive skater and performer from Quebec, Canada and a frequent guest performer with ITNY. He was born November 9, 1990 in Moscow to a Russian mother and a Guinean father, Ibrahim, from the village of Tombon, near Labé. His elder sister, Djulde, died from leukemia. After a year in Bonn, Germany during his sister’s treatment, the family moved to Canada in 1992. Elladj was introduced to skating at the age of seven by his mother. Though at first, he would hide his skates in an attempt to avoid practice, he began to love skating when he was ten. He is a 7-time Canadian National Senior Competitor, 2008 Canadian Junior Champion, and was the winner of the 2015 International Nebelhorn Trophy and received a standing ovation after his recent performance at the 2018 Canadian Nationals.
Kristi Yamaguchi – Honoree
Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi is a fourth-generation Japanese American. Her mother was born in an internment camp during World War II. Kristi had casts and braces on her feet from birth until about 2 years old to correct her feet and legs. She wanted to try skating after seeing a local ice show. She had fallen in love with the performances and the costumes, music, and lighting. It didn’t hurt that skating also helped Kristi with strengthening and coordination. Kristi’s favorite toy when she was a young girl was a Dorothy Hamill doll that she carried everywhere. Kristi started off skating both singles and pairs with Rudy Galindo. Together they won one Junior and two Senior Pair titles. In 1992 Kristi won the U.S. National Championships in singles and went on to win the Olympics in Albertville, France later that year. Kristi is also a two-time World Champion, four-time World Professional Champion, and she toured with Stars on Ice from 1993 to 2002. She is a NY Times best-selling author of her children’s books Dream Big Little Pig, It’s a Big World Little Pig, and Cara’s Kindness. She has also appeared in several movies, television shows, and created the Always Dream Foundation for children. The foundation inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs, and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy. Yamaguchi is a woman of many talents. Not only an accomplished skater, but, she took home the mirror ball trophy in season 6 of Dancing with The Stars. Today, she is married to Bret Hedican, who was also a 1992 Olympian, in hockey. She lives in Alamo, California with her husband and two daughters.
The 2018 Home Season is supported, in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ITNY is also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and NYC Council Member Mark Levine.
Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Richard T. Button Foundation, the Victor C. and Clara C. Battin Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.
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.