Ice Dance International perform at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
In a first for the venerable Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Maine-based company Ice Dance International (IDI) will perform “In Flight” at the Pillow’s free, outdoor “Inside/Out” stage July 17 358 at George Carter Road in Becket, Mass.
Although Becket’s average July high temperature is 83 degrees, the show’s in no danger of melting away. “In Flight” will be performed on a synthetic ice surface of interlocking polymer panels that mimics the properties of ice and can be skated on with professional metal blades. Led by Artistic Director Douglas Webster – an acclaimed choreographer whose work has been seen in arenas, stadiums and on television around the world – six members of the IDI troupe will perform three works inspired by flight (i.e., birds and space) and set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Chet Baker and Max Richter.
Among IDI’s international performers for this unprecedented appearance are six-time Great Britain Ice Dance Champion and two-time Olympian Sinead Kerr, eight-time international medalist and two-time Olympian from Turkey Alper Uçar, Azerbaijan National Champion Nadine Ahmed Kerr, and American professional figure skater and IDI founding company member Carly Donowick.
Ice Dance International (IDI) creates classical and contemporary ice ballet with its professional company. It also educates and inspires interest in the artform through mentorship, creative opportunities, collaboration, teaching, outreach and performance. IDI founding members include two-time Olympic figure skating champion Dick Button and Edward Villella, who is one of America’s most-celebrated ballet dancers, a Kennedy Center honoree, and a National Medal of Arts award winner.
For further info on the show and how to travel to Jacob’s Pillow visit Ice Dance International
Image courtesy of Ice Dance International In the Light: Luminous by Douglas Webster