Ice dancing has developed into a lyric and virtuosic art form far removed from the spectacles of bygone eras. The program will explore “dance on ice” through a brief overview of the history of figure skating as a choreographic art form. Olympic champion and television commentator Dick Button will introduce the evening and Ice Dance Theatre’s founder/director Moira North will introduce video clips of historical dance pieces created by skating artists such as Belita, Toller Cranston and John Curry, along with pieces specifically created for the company by dance choreographers Ann Carlson, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Twyla Tharp, and also by skating stars such as Johnny Weir and ITNY’s artistic director Douglas Webster, among others.
Dick Button- Olympic champion and television commentator
Moira North- Founder/Director, Ice Theater of New York
JoAnna Mendl Shaw- Artistic Director of The Equus Projects
Alberto del Saz- Co-Director, Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance
Edward Z. Epstein- Writer