Renowned choreographer David Parsons is accustomed to bringing dance to stages around the world. But in this case, the stage is frozen; it's the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers.
"Any time you deal with dancers, choreographers, anything in the theatre, it's so important to stay open, and it's been an absolute joy," Parsons said.
Parons choreographed this piece, called Twist Times Two, for the home season of the Ice Theatre of New York here at Chelsea Piers. The non-profit Ice Theatre was founded in 1984 by ice dancer Moira North. Her vision was to present skating as performance art.
"Basically, we are showing skating as a dance form. So we are using dance in the context of modern dance, ballet, and our reperatory sort of spans a lot of different dance possibilities on ice," North said.
There are performances Friday, Saturday and Monday nights.
Monday is part of the benefit gala for the company, where Olympic skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi will be honored for her work on and off the ice.
The home season is just part of the Ice Theatre's ice time throughout the year.
"We perform at Rockefeller Center. We have a series there. We also have an outreach program for school children up at Riverbank State Park, in Brooklyn and in Queens," North said.
The program aims at developing skaters of the future. Meanwhile, in the present-day ensemble, Cutting Edge, skaters it the David Parsons piece will move to a Chemical Brothers song, a change from the classical music used in the other performances.
Parsons called an audible when having to choose two skaters for the piece.
"It was a duet, and then these skaters are beautiful, and I said 'Can't you all just do this together?' And they were like, 'Why not?' So now we are going to do it as a quartet," Parsons said.
To find out more about the ice theatre's home season and the big benefit gala on Monday night, head to icetheatre.org.