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Ice Theatre of New York 2021 City Skate Pop Up Concerts
November 11, 2021 - November 20, 2021
Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents 2021 City Skate Pop Up Concerts on November 9, 11, 16 & 18, 2021 at 12:40pm at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. ITNY performers include Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver, ITNY Ensemble members Armen Agaian, Valerie Levine, Liz Schmidt, and young ice dance apprentices Oona and Gage Brown. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.icetheatre.org/2021-pop-up-fall-performances.html.
Choreographer: Jody Sperling
Performer: Valerie Levine
Music: Brooks Williams & Beo Morales
Arctic Memory, by award-winning dancer/choreographer Jody Sperling, is an environmentally conscious creation. Arctic Memory had its genesis in a 43-day polar science mission north of the Arctic Circle in which Ms. Sperling was the first, and to date only choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. ITNY Artistic Director, Moira North, commissioned Jody to take this choreography onto the ice with ice dancer Valerie Levine. Valerie wears a cape hand-painted with the image of fissures in Arctic sea ice, the dancer’s movements suggesting a time-lapse series of floes moving and melting. Music composed by Brooks Williams & Beo Morales. Having brought the legacy of pioneering dancer, Loie Fuller into the 21st century, she currently focuses on using visual-kinetic narratives to connect choreography and climate science.
How Ya Like Me Now
Music: How Ya Like Me Now by Kool Moe Dee and I Got The… by Labi Siffre
Choreography: Joel Dear and Serge Onik
Performers: Oona and Gage Brown
This is Oona and Gage’s competitive Rhythm Dance for the 2022 Junior Ice Dance Season.
I Feel The Earth
Choreographer and Performer: Kaitlyn Weaver
Music: Carole King
ITNY commissioned Kaitlyn Weaver to create this piece for its streaming broadcast Pivoting Through The Pandemic in May 2021. This piece was created under strict COVID rules in an empty arena and was made possible by the generous support of the Will Sears Fund.
Choreographer: Eliot Halverson
Music: Dave Brubeck
Performer: Armen Agaian
ITNY former performer and current choreographer, Eliot Halverson, created Take Five for Armen Agaian to show off his ice dancing skills.
When Atoms Embrace
Choreographer and Costumes: Lorna Brown
Music: “Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Liz Schmidt
When Atoms Embrace is an acclaimed solo choreographed and costumed by original John Curry Theatre of Skating member, Lorna Brown. Ms. Brown is an artist with a deep interest and knowledge in science. The piece is set to Music by Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and was inspired by a poem Ms. Brown wrote herself: She comes to us in blue and lavender light which shines on us all to give mankind energy and love and to help and heal our planet. Lay me in a field of wildflowers, let the scent perfume the hours. When The Atoms embrace and time changes pace, I find my magical powers.” Performed 10 times at the ITNY Home Season and Gala at Sky Rink Chelsea Piers as well as Rockefeller Center, by Liz Schmidt, Sarah France and once by apprentice performer, Sarah Baetge.
This season, ITNY will also be performing at Brookfield Place, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and Riverbank State Park.
About the Performers
Armen Agaian has been ice skating since 2002. Armen was a 5-time National Champion in Georgia and participated in the Junior World Championships three times. He has also participated in the 2013 Youth Olympic games, the Junior Grand Prix (2012-2015) and 2016 European Championships. Armen is now a skating coach in New York and is thrilled to have been a part of Ice Theatre of New York® since 2018.
Oona and Gage Brown are a sister and brother ice dance team from Long Island, New York, who have been skating together for six years. They are the 2021 U.S. junior national ice dance silver medalists. They represent Team USA and have skated at numerous international competitions. Most recently, they skated in Linz, Austria, where they earned the silver medal at their second Junior Grand Prix of the season. This placement has earned them a spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, Japan (December 9th-December 12th)! They have been training with their coaches, Joel Dear (ITNY choreographer) and Inese Bucevica, for over two years. They have also performed with Ice Theatre of New York a multitude of times over the last five years. Recently they’ve worked with On Ice Perspectives at The Rink at Bryant Park and received much love and recognition for the resulting video of their Metallica Free Dance, now at 18 million views!
Valerie Levine has been dancing tap, jazz and ballet since she was 4 years of age and started roller-skating at that time. After begging her parents for figure skating lessons, she started training at 11. She auditioned for Disney On Ice during high school and was accepted but decided to get her bachelor’s degree in college first. She went on to get her Senior Ladies Moves and Pre-golds in ice dance by 19 and skated as an ice girl for the NHL teams the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders during those years. She furthered her dance knowledge while in college getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Product Management Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She minored in dance and trained at the Broadway Dance Center in many dance styles, which led her to her current career as a professional belly dancer, ballroom dancer, Brazilian samba dancer, fire performer and the like. Valerie has collaborated on ITNY events for the past decade. You can find out more about Valerie Levine on her website: Valerinadance.com
Elizabeth (Liz) Schmidt is a Japanese/German American skater from Chicago, IL. She recently moved from San Francisco, CA to New York City. She is a U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, and a Silver medalist in Ice Dancing. Luscious edges, artistic dynamic movement, and traditional ice dancing informs her skating and professional career which began in 2013 at the age of 18, performing internationally in Germany and across the US. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018, and she has exhibited work across the Bay Area. Liz has been skating with ITNY since 2017.
Kaitlyn Weaver – Empathetic communication—through sport, dance, public speaking, or charity—is Kaitlyn Weaver’s passion and gift. As an athlete, she reached the highest honor of figure skating and competed for Canada at the Olympic Games, and thrice stood on the World podium with her long-time ice dance partner, Andrew Poje. Kaitlyn remains active in the professional skating world and uses her platform for advocacy while dividing her time between New York, NY and Toronto, ON. Post-competitive life finds this ambitious creative engaging in her skating community, participating in and initiating global fundraisers, and part-time coaching and choreography. Ice Theatre of New York, Inc. has commissioned Kaitlyn to create a new solo dance repertory piece for the Company, which she will choreograph and perform.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is popularly known as NYC’s only free admission ice skating rink. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is open daily through March 6, 2022 and in addition to The Rink, the annual winter event features fun, outdoor activities including the Holiday Shops by Urbanspace, delicious food and drink offerings at The Lodge by Prime Video, the Curling Café and Cozy Igloos.
About Ice Theatre of New York
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 City Skate Pop-Up Concerts are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. ITNY is also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and NYC Council Member Mark Levine and by Dance/NYC’S Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund. Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.