Since 2005 the pioneer of contemporary ice skating Le Patin Libre has been using the rink as a place where diverse audiences gather, discover their art form, and experience inclusive skating events for all ages.

Grande Forme is the company’s first foray into a larger ensemble work, slated for premiere in 2020-2021. Inspired by the complex and hypnotic geometry seen with birds and fish moving en masse, Grande Forme explores flocking.

The creation process and work-in-progress performances for Grande Forme has received extraordinary support from the National Arts Centre of Canada’s Creation Fund.

Bringing audiences “athletic chic and street dance swagger” (The Australian), Grande Forme can be performed at indoor, outdoor, and temporary ice skating rinks.

Virtuosic and pure ice skating
— Le Figaro



Le Patin Libre (French for “Free Skate”) is a contemporary ice skating company which uses ice, skates and glide as mediums of storytelling. Founded in 2005 by former high-level figure skaters, they set out with the intention of transforming their athleticism into a means of free expression. Defying stereotypes of ice skating, Le Patin Libre’s dynamic choreography exposes the theatrical potential of glide.

What began as spontaneous demonstrations on frozen ponds, Le Patin Libre has evolved to become a premier international touring company under the artistic vision of Alexandre Hamel, activating skating rinks globally as a place where diverse audiences can gather and discover a new art form.

Committed to designing inclusive events, Le Patin Libre uses ice skating as an entry point to the arts as well as a way to create unforgettable experiences for audiences of all ages. The company transforms rinks into dance floors and playgrounds, sharing their passion for skating and creating an immersive and welcoming environment for all.

Le Patin Libre is based in Montréal, Canada.

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