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Le Patin Libre fuses contemporary dance and figure skating in “Vertical Influences.”
Shake up street dance and acrobatics and serve it up on ice — that’s the stock-and-trade of Montreal’s Le Patin Libre, a troupe of five performers who bring hip-hop to the hockey rink.
Fresh off their European and Australian tours, Vertical Influences has all the thrills of the Ice Capades (without the plushy Disney characters) and the technique of competitive figure skating (without the sequins and judging scandals).
It’s skating, with an edge.