2021 Pop-Up Fall Performances

FALL 2021 POP-UP CONCERTS

Join us this Fall  for our City Skate Pop Up Concerts at Neighborhood Rinks
Venues include: The Rink at Rockefeller Center, The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Brookfield Place, Riverbank State Park and Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park

Brookfield Place
Tuesday, November 23 at 5:30PM
Liz Schmidt will perform When Atoms Embrace

More venues and dates to be announced soon.

Potential repertory works to be performed - program for specific dates TBD:

Arctic Memory
Arctic Memory, by award-winning dancer/choreographer Jody Sperling, is an environmentally conscious creation. Arctic Memory had its genesis in a 43-day polar science mission north of the Arctic Circle in which Ms. Sperling was the first, and to date only choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. ITNY Artistic Director, Moira North, commissioned Jody to take this choreography onto the ice with ice dancer Valerie Levine. Valerie wears a cape hand-painted with the image of fissures in Arctic sea ice, the dancer’s movements suggesting a time-lapse series of floes moving and melting. Music composed by Brooks Williams & Beo Morales. Having brought the legacy of pioneering dancer, Loie Fuller into the 21st century, she currently focuses on using visual-kinetic narratives to connect choreography and climate science.
Performer Valerie Levine
Photo Josef Pinlac

I Feel The Earth
Choreography and Performance by Kaitlyn Weaver
Music by Carole King

I Will Fall For You
Choreography and Performance by Sarah France
Music by Woodkid
Photo Hideki Aono

Take Five
Choreography by Eliot Halverson
Music by Dave Brubeck
Performer Armen Agaian
Photo Josef Pinlac

When Atoms Embrace
When Atoms Embrace, an acclaimed solo choreographed and costumed by original John Curry Theatre of Skating member, Lorna Brown. Lorna is an artist with a deep interest and knowledge in science.
The piece is set to Music by Arvo Pärt’s "Spiegel im Spiegel" and was inspired by a poem Lorna wrote herself:
She comes to us in blue and lavender light which shines on us all to give mankind energy and love and to help and heal our planet. Lay me in a field of wild flowers, let the scent perfume the hours. When The Atoms embrace and time changes pace, I find my magical powers.
Performer Liz Schmidt

Junior Free Dance
Oona and Gage Brown
will present their new Junior Free Dance with choreography by Joel Dear. Oona and Gage just won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria. They are the current US Silver Medalists in Junior Ice Dance. They are coached by Joel Dear and Inese Bucevica.
 PhotoJosef Pinlac

This program 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 and by Dance/NYC'S Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund.

Recent Performances

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) performed during opening weekend at The Rink at Rockefeller on Friday, November 5, 2021 for a private event by Chanel to celebrate its fragrance Chanel No. 5, featuring a performance by guest artist and social media sensation Elladj Baldé. There were also special performances by Mary J. Blige and the Brass Queens Band. ITNY continues performances with full public viewing from November 8-12 at 5pm with the ITNY Ensemble and Junior Ice Dance Medalists Oona & Gage Brown. These performances are free and open to the public, and the rink will be open for skating. 
Monday, November 8 at 5pm - ITNY Ensemble
Tuesday, November 9 at 5pm - ITNY Ensemble
Wednesday, November 10 at 5pm - Oona and Gage Brown
Thursday, November 11 at 5pm- ITNY Ensemble
Friday, November 12 at 5pm - ITNY Ensemble

Lunch-time Pop-Up concerts at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Streets on Sixth Avenue

Short performances at 12:40 PM (after the ice cut)
Tuesday, November 9
Thursday, November 11
Tuesday, November 16
Thursday, November 18

PRESS RELEASE:             

October 26, 2021

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickpr.com 

Ice Theatre of New York, Inc ®

presents

2021 City Skate Pop Up Concerts

at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

November 9, 11, 16 & 18, 2021

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents 2021 City Skate Pop Up Concerts on November 9, 11, 16 & 18, 2021 at 12:40pm at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. ITNY performers include Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver, ITNY Ensemble members Armen Agaian, Valerie Levine, Liz Schmidt, and young ice dance apprentices Oona and Gage Brown. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.icetheatre.org/2021-pop-up-fall-performances.html.

Arctic Memory

Choreographer: Jody Sperling

Performer: Valerie Levine

Music: Brooks Williams & Beo Morales

Arctic Memory, by award-winning dancer/choreographer Jody Sperling, is an environmentally conscious creation. Arctic Memory had its genesis in a 43-day polar science mission north of the Arctic Circle in which Ms. Sperling was the first, and to date only choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. ITNY Artistic Director, Moira North, commissioned Jody to take this choreography onto the ice with ice dancer Valerie Levine. Valerie wears a cape hand-painted with the image of fissures in Arctic sea ice, the dancer's movements suggest a time-lapse series of floes moving and melting. Music composed by Brooks Williams & Beo Morales. Having brought the legacy of pioneering dancer, Loie Fuller into the 21st century, she currently focuses on using visual-kinetic narratives to connect choreography and climate science.

How Ya Like Me Now

Music: How Ya Like Me Now by Kool Moe Dee and I Got The… by Labi Siffre

Choreography: Joel Dear and Serge Onik

Performers: Oona and Gage Brown

This is Oona and Gage’s competitive Rhythm Dance for the 2022 Junior Ice Dance Season.

I Feel The Earth

Choreographer and Performer: Kaitlyn Weaver

Music: Carole King

ITNY commissioned Kaitlyn Weaver to create this piece for its streaming broadcast Pivoting Through The Pandemic in May 2021. This piece was created under strict COVID rules in an empty arena and was made possible by the generous support of the Will Sears Fund.

Take Five

Choreographer: Eliot Halverson

Music: Dave Brubeck

Performer: Armen Agaian

ITNY former performer and current choreographer, Eliot Halverson, created Take Five for Armen Agaian to show off his ice dancing skills.

When Atoms Embrace

Choreographer and Costumes: Lorna Brown 

Music: “Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Pärt

Performer: Liz Schmidt 

When Atoms Embrace is an acclaimed solo choreographed and costumed by original John Curry Theatre of Skating member, Lorna Brown. Ms. Brown is an artist with a deep interest and knowledge in science. The piece is set to Music by Arvo Pärt's “Spiegel im Spiegel” and was inspired by a poem Ms. Brown wrote herself: She comes to us in blue and lavender light which shines on us all to give mankind energy and love and to help and heal our planet. Lay me in a field of wildflowers, let the scent perfume the hours. When The Atoms embrace and time changes pace, I find my magical powers.” Performed 10 times at the ITNY Home Season and Gala at Sky Rink Chelsea Piers as well as Rockefeller Center, by Liz Schmidt, Sarah France and once by apprentice performer, Sarah Baetge. Estimated viewers 5000. 

This season, ITNY will also be performing at Brookfield Place, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and Riverbank State Park.

About the Performers

Armen Agaian has been ice skating since 2002. Armen was a 5-time National Champion in Georgia and participated in the Junior World Championships three times. He has also participated in the 2013 Youth Olympic games, the Junior Grand Prix (2012-2015) and 2016 European Championships. Armen is now a skating coach in New York and is thrilled to have been a part of Ice Theatre of New York® since 2018.

Oona and Gage Brown are a sister and brother ice dance team from Long Island, New York, who have been skating together for six years. They are the 2021 U.S. junior national ice dance silver medalists. They represent Team USA and have skated at numerous international competitions. Most recently, they skated in Linz, Austria, where they earned the silver medal at their second Junior Grand Prix of the season. This placement has earned them a spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, Japan (December 9th-December 12th)! They have been training with their coaches, Joel Dear (ITNY choreographer) and Inese Bucevica, for over two years. They have also performed with Ice Theatre of New York a multitude of times over the last five years. Recently they’ve worked with On Ice Perspectives at the beautiful Bryant Park Ice Rink and received much love and recognition for the resulting video of their Metallica Free Dance, now at 18 Million views!

Valerie Levine has been dancing tap, jazz and ballet since she was 4 years of age and started roller-skating at that time. After begging her parents for figure skating lessons, she started training at 11. She auditioned for Disney On Ice during high school and was accepted but decided to get her bachelor's degree in college first. She went on to get her Senior Ladies Moves and Pre-golds in ice dance by 19 and skated as an ice girl for the NHL teams the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders during those years. She furthered her dance knowledge while in college getting her Bachelor's Degree in Product Management Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She minored in dance and trained at the Broadway Dance Center in many dance styles, which led her to her current career as a professional belly dancer, ballroom dancer, Brazilian samba dancer, fire performer and the like. Valerie has collaborated on ITNY events for the past decade. You can find out more about Valerie Levine on her website: Valerinadance.com 

Elizabeth (Liz) Schmidt is a Japanese/German American skater from Chicago, IL. She recently moved from San Francisco, CA to New York City. She is a U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, and a Silver medalist in Ice Dancing. Luscious edges, artistic dynamic movement, and traditional ice dancing inform her skating and professional career which began in 2013 at the age of 18, performing internationally in Germany and across the US. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018, and she has exhibited work across the Bay Area. Liz has been skating with ITNY since 2017.

Kaitlyn Weaver - Empathetic communication—through sport, dance, public speaking, or charity—is Kaitlyn Weaver's passion and gift. As an athlete, she reached the highest honor of figure skating and competed for Canada at the Olympic Games, and thrice stood on the World podium with her long-time ice dance partner, Andrew Poje. Kaitlyn remains active in the professional skating world and uses her platform for advocacy while dividing her time between New York, NY and Toronto, ON. Post-competitive life finds this ambitious creative performer engaging with her skating community, participating in and initiating global fundraisers, part-time coaching and choreography. Ice Theatre of New York, Inc. has commissioned Kaitlyn to create a new solo dance repertory piece for the Company, which she will choreograph and perform. 

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is popularly known as NYC's only free-admission skating rink.  Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is open daily through March, 2022, and in addition to The Rink, the annual winter event features fun, outdoor activities including The Shops, delicious food offerings at the heated Lodge Deck, the Curling Café and Cozy Igloos.

This program 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 and by Dance/NYC'S Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund.

Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.

About Ice Theatre of New York

Founded by Moira North, ITNY's mission is to celebrate and advance dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that helps to open one’s eyes to seeing skating in new and unexpected ways. ITNY was the very 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. www.icetheatre.org

 

 

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