Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents its 2022 Home Season Performances on May 6 & May 7 at 7PM and May 9 at 6:30PM at the Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers. The annual Benefit Gala and Performance will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of ITNY on the third night of the Home Season, May 9. The event will be held at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, following a performance at Sky Rink. The three-night Home Season will feature the ITNY Ensemble, Junior Ensemble, and guest artists. Home Season tickets and Benefit Gala tickets are available on the ITNY website.
Ice Theatre of New York, Inc Presents 2022 Home Season and 35th Anniversary Benefit Gala
ITNY’s 2022 Home Season will feature the ITNY Ensemble in new works alongside pieces from the repertory. Jody Sperling, the first and only choreographer on a Coast Guard Icebreaker observing the melting of Arctic sea ice in 2018, has once again received a NYSCA grant through ITNY to create her second socially-significant commissioned work for Ice Theatre of New York with a soundtrack by Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky).
Highlights from the 2022 Home Season include the premiere live performance of Pivoting, choreographed for broadcast during the pandemic by Joel Dear; Sacrosanct, a new duet by Ice Dance choreographer Lorna Brown set to Philip Glass’ piano composition The Poet Acts; and the world premiere of Body Parts, choreographed by ITNY company member Mauro Bruni, based on the five waves movement teachings of Gabrielle Roth and set to the soundscape of her voice teaching the class.
The full 2022 Home Season features:
OF WATER AND ICE (World Premiere, NYSCA Commission)
Choreography by Jody Sperling
Performed by Sarah France and Valerie Levine
Music: “Of Water and Ice” by DJ Spooky
PIVOTING (World Premiere)
Choreography by Joel Dear
Performed by Angela Chiang, Sarah France, Jennifer Gruver, Ale Izquierdo, Sabrina Mann, and Freddie Moore
Music: “Epilogue” by Olafur Arnalds
SACROSANCT (World Premiere)
Choreography by Lorna Brown
Performed by Kseniya Ponomaryova and Collin Brubaker
Music: “The Poet Acts” by Philip Glass
CLASS PIECE (World Premiere)
Choreography by Elisa Angeli
Performed by Danil Berdnikov, Mauro Bruni, Sarah France, Ale Izqueirdo, Sabrina Mann, Freddie Moore, Andrew Saelee, Liz Yoshiko Schmidt, and Aaron Singletary
Music: Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
BODY PARTS (World Premiere)
Choreographed by Mauro Bruni
Performed by Angela Chiang, Danil Berdnikov, Ale Izqueirdo, Freddie Moore, Andrew Saelee, and Liz Yoshiko Schmidt
Music: Recording of Gabrielle Roth’s Voice directing her Five Rhythms class
VOGUING (World Premiere)
Choreographed by Joanna McLeod and Emanuel Sandhu
Performed by Emanuel Sandhu
Special advising by Cesar Valentino
JULIET (World Premiere)
Choreographed by Milly Wasserman
Performed by the Junior Ensemble consisting of Georgina Blackwell, Ciara Flaherty, Electra Scheiner, Chris Tenzin, Megumi Tsutsumi, and Milly Wasserman
Music: “Come, Gentle Night” by Abel Korzeniowski
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN
Choreographed and performed by Mauro Bruni
Music: “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” by Claude Debussy
Choreography by Joel Dear
Performed by Oona and Gage Brown
Music by Kool Moe Dee
A Moira North and Elee Kraljii Gardiner collaboration
Performed by Sarah France, Kate Mangiardi, and Mauro Bruni
Poem read from “Serpentine Loop” by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Choreography by Eliot Halverson
Performed by Armen Agaian or Danil Bernikov
Music by saxophonist Paul Desmond, arr. Dave Brubeck, and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Program and performers subject to change.
The gala, following the performance, will also feature cocktails, dinner, and an award ceremony. This year’s gala will honor Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and present an Ice Angel Award to Betty Wasserman, as well as Alumni Awards to Darlene Parent and Wade Corbett. The gala is co-chaired by Olympic coaches Brian Order and Tracy Wilson.
“We are thrilled to be honoring Jayne and Christopher at our 35th Anniversary Gala, not only for their breathtakingly original – and sport-changing – Olympic Gold Medal performance (followed by many others), but also for their continuing, always highly creative contributions to our skating world, most recently the acclaimed television series, Dancing on Ice,” said ITNY Founder and Artistic Director, Moira North.
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