Collaborating with the best of the dance world, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents "Ice: Dance" October 24-26 in New York City to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers.
ITNY's 2013 repertory offers a fresh perspective to ice skating melding the worlds of dance and figure skating. The show features the debut of "Reveries" choreographed by acclaimed dancer and founder of the Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella set to Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G Major. Renowned costume designer Karen Young joins ITNY's team for the first time creating this piece's wardrobe.
Other new works include those from hip-hop choreographer Chucky Klapow, who assisted choreography for "High School Musical: The Ice Tour" in 2007 and ITNY's Artistic Director Doug Webster in his ensemble piece "Roots."
In a special one-night only event, the gala performance on Friday, October 25 will honor and feature 4-time World Champion Kurt Browning and his wife Sonia Rodriguez, prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada.
ITNY's ensemble of skaters include U.S. Men's Champion Ryan Bradley, 7-time British Champion John Kerr, World Team members Kim Navarro, Brent Bommentre, Eve Chalom and many other world class skaters.
Your donation to ITNY's home season gala will go toward production costs including costuming, choreographers and travel expenses.
The above video contains photos from an exclusive rehearsal of Edward Villella's piece "Reveries" with artistic director Doug Webster along with skaters John and Sinead Kerr and Elisa Angeli.
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 contemporary dance, music and art. Through its performances in both traditional and alternative venues, ITNY presents on-ice dances that challenge the perceptions and conventional definitions of figure skating. 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 its exemplary education, community outreach and training programs.
The Company continues to forge ahead, creating a unique environment in which professional artists from various backgrounds collaborate with dance choreographers, musicians, writers and visual artists to create and perform innovative works on the ice. Renowned in the world of figure skating, Ice Theatre stages more than just an ice show. Margo Jefferson of the New YorkTimes ranked Ice Theatre of New York among the Top Ten Theatre picks in New York City.
The Company has created a repertory of over 60 pieces, including works by major modern dance choreographers such as Jacqulyn Buglisi, Ann Carlson, Laura Dean, Alberto Del Saz, Donlin Foreman, David Dorfman, Lar Lubovitch, Elisa Monte, David Parsons, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Twyla Tharp, and emerging choreographers like Heather Harrington and David Liu, and ice choreographer, Douglas Webster. Currently the world renowned ballet dancer and Founder of the Miami City Ballet Edward Villella is working on a new piece for the Company. The repertory ranges from 12-skater ensemble pieces, to solos, duets and trios, with music from classical to contemporary.
Among the illustrious guest artists who have performed with Ice Theatre are Olympic Champions John Curry, Oksana Baiul, Sarah Hughes and Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov, medalists Toller Cranston, Paul Wylie, Yuka Sato, and innovative skaters/artists like Gary Beacom, David Liu, Gia Guddat, and Katherine Healy who was also a Prima Ballerina.
In addition to traditional rink settings, the Company performs both on proscenium stages and portable, plastic ice surfaces. Ice Theatre's dance hosts include Boston’s Dance Umbrella, Vermont’s Flynn Theatre, Dancing in the Streets, Creative Time, as well as various European producers. In October 2005 the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook on Long Island, New York presented Ice Theatre’s proscenium stage show, “Dance Visions” featuring works by Carlos Orta, Peter DiFalco, David Liu, and Douglas Webster, among other noted dance and ice choreographers. "Dance Visions" was repeated at the Zoellner Center at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in March 2006.
The Company will continue its tradition of collaborating with choreographers from both the dance and skating worlds, as well as exploring relationships with artists from theatre, music and new media disciplines. For more information, please contact the office at (212) 929-5811 or visit our website at www.icetheatre.org
About Edward Villella
Edward Villella has been recognized as the greatest male ballet dancer ever produced in America. A star at the New York City Ballet, he has received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States. He showed the world that a tough brash kid out of Maritime College could turn into a major artist, and in doing so, changed the way men danced in America as well as the way male dancers were perceived. He has lectured all over the world.
Mr. Villella has received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States. He was appointed by President Johnson to the Presidents National Council of the Arts. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and was also awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. In 1999 The Dance Heritage Coalition named him as one of the first 100 of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures and in 2009 he was awarded a fellowship to the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Villella has honorary doctor of fine arts degrees from Fordham University, The Boston Conservatory of Music, Long Island University, the College of Charleston, Allegheny College, Skidmore College, Florida Atlantic University, Sienna College, St Thomas College and Florida State University. He was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of North Carolina.
Mr. Villella was the first American male dancer to perform with the Royal Danish Ballet, and the only American ever to be asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. He danced for President Kennedy’s inauguration and for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford. He was producer/director for the PBS series “Dance in America” for one and a-half years, and in 1975 won an Emmy Award for his CBS television production of “Harlequinade.” He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the School of American Ballet. In 1998, the University of Pittsburgh Press reissued Villella’s 1992 autobiography, Prodigal Son: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic, written with Larry Kaplan.
In 1986 Edward Villella founded the Miami City Ballet which garnered international acclaim. He was also the Faculty Chair for the Miami City Ballet School. He left in September 2012 and now resides in New York.
On May 15, Mr. Villella will receive the 2013 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Risks and challenges
Challenges: A year ago, ITNY faced an unforeseen financial struggle -- Hurricane Sandy. The entire office was flooded and ITNY had to relocate to a higher location on Chelsea Piers. As costs are still being absorbed from the damage, receiving extra funds for this year's gala performance is even more of a necessity than in the past.
Funds received from Ice Theatre of New York's home season gala go to it's educational outreach program, The New Works and Young Artists Series at Riverbank State Park in Harlem and at the City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City and World Ice Arena in Flushing, Queens. The program is dedicated to giving emerging choreographers and performers an opportunity to present new works. They show these works to an audience of school children from Harlem and Washington Heights and engage the students in a free skating clinic after the performance. In these programs, young students receive an introduction to a winter physical activity. Students also learn that ice skating is more than a competitive sport; they are introduced to the integration of athleticism and artistry necessary to make ice skating - especially as it is practiced and promoted by Ice Theatre of New York - exciting, beautiful, breathtaking, and passionate.
Raising the necessary funds for our KickStarter campaign specifically for gala production costs will also allow ITNY to continue providing its frequent fundraising efforts to its outreach program.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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