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Le Patin Libre Vertical Influences

April 25
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
$28; $24 Walker members
Dance, Performance Art

Walker Art Center goes rinkside for two innovative ice skating ensembles: Le Patin Libre from Montreal and Twin Cities-based Brownbody. Former championship figure skaters, the Patin Libre gang gets down in Vertical Influences with a cool urban vibe (think beards, dreadlocks, and baggy jeans) and moves that range from tap to hip-hop. Not that you won’t see some double axels and spiraling arabesques, but these skaters eschew the fancy contortions and rigmarole of baroque figure skating routines to go deeply into the edge work, figures, and possibilities of momentum inherent in skating. Excerpts from Brownbody’s inventive Tracing Steps unpack black social dances from centuries of slavery, telling stories of resilience and resistance. A discussion with the Brownbody artists follows each performance. Find tickets and more info at walkerart.org. The Brownbody performance is at 4 p.m. Brownbody shows are free, but you must RSVP online.