Le Patin Libre

Thu. Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m. Festivalopening - Party on Ice after the performance
German premiere

Fri. Oct. 28 | 6 & 8 p.m.
Tickets: €25 / reduced €12.50

The rink is not heated, please dress warmly and feel free to bring your own blanket.

Eissporthalle Darmstadt

Mon. Oct. 31 | 7.30 p.m.
Choose your ticket price: €7 / €11 / €20 / €35

Eissporthalle Frankfurt am Main

No language skills required

Duration: approx. 60 min.

Fri. Oct. 28 | 11 a.m. Workshop with Le Patin Libre

Huge flocks of starlings crossing the sky in wonderful twisting and turning clouds. Ornithologists call these arial dances “murmurations.” For over five years the Montreal collective Le Patin Libre, consisting of fifteen ice dancers, worked on transferring this virtuosic behavior to the ice rink. Always asking why we gather, why we drift apart again and why our collective behavior is so unfathomable.

In Murmuration Le Patin Libre transform the traditional ice rink into a stage for contemporary movement. At high speed they combine precision, athletic virtuosity and complex choreography – with no visible effort, like a flock of birds – with the aim of investigating what everyone experiences when watching a flock of birds: the magic of a collective beauty that embodies the vital energy and fervent hope for survival.

Choreography: Samory Ba, Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin
Music: Jasmin Boivin, Philippe Le Bon
Performance: the 15 dancers of Le Patin Libre


Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Developed with the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. This performance is part of the cultural program of Canada’s guest appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the government of Canada. 

Photo: Rolline Laporte