Have you ever wished that going to see figure skating were more like going to the ballet? Long, extended artistic pieces instead of short competitive programs packed with as many jumps and spins as possible? I sure have! And now I’ve experienced a show like that: Ice Theatre of New York’s premiere of Ice:Dance 2014 in Wenatchee, WA.
The Ice Theatre of New York is a non-profit dance company on ice, with a professional ensemble of skaters who train together and an extensive repertory. Most of the their pieces were created by ITNY’s artistic director Douglas Webster but the company also commissions and performs work by other choreographers. The skaters work with NYC and Miami Ballet legend Edward Villela and the show is certainly the most balletic skating I have ever seen.
My favorites of their pieces were the large ensembles with their long length and artistic freedom. The first such piece in the program was This is Forever, an adaptation to the ice of a ballet by Jacqulyn Buglisi. Happily, this is the one piece from the show that I’ve found posted online so I can share it with you.
The piece features Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Guilietti-Schmitt. They were strong and interesting to watch in competition and are perhaps even more interesting to watch in this artistic venue now that they have retired. In an interview about ITNY, Logan said: “It is really nice to just listen to the music and feel and interpret it as we wish, and not be restricted by rules.” Nice for the audience too!
My ice dance coach Ty, a Wenatchee native, was also in this number. He’s always the most elegant skater out there with long and beautiful lines: here are some photos from This is Forever:
and with Lynn and Logan:
The ice dance men in the ensemble:
More about the show soon!