I knew Johnny Weir couldn't stay off the ice for too long! With all his media appearances of late, I was beginning to think, "Is is possible Johnny will now devote all his time to really becoming a media personality?" Whew, boy was I glad to be 100% wrong.
Johnny was the headliner at Ice Theatre of New York's 2010 Home Season Opening Night and this is his first ice appearance in NYC post-Olympics. Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is a not-for-profit ice dance company which merges ice skating and dance in traditional and avant-garde ways. If you want to see wonderful examples of both, I recently did a piece about their free lunch time concert series at Rockefeller Skating Rink, so click here if you'd like to watch.
Johnny created a new piece called Heartbroken to celebrate ITNY's home season opening night. In addition, he also performed fan-favorite Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.
The evening featured ITNY ensemble members Alizah Allen, Ali Blank, Eve Chalom, Angela Chiang, Michael Dionysiou, Kristina Faclo, Andrew Naylor, Michele Forchione, Marni Halasa, Elizabeth L'Heureux, Kenny Moir, Radmila Olshansky, Jiri Prochazka, Kevin Sidwell, Steven Smith and Wendy Wilke presenting new works as well as bringing back some classic ones. The performance featured Elisa Angeli and Tyrrell Gene in Jacqulyn Buglisi’s The Dreame, and the ensemble in Elisa Monte’s Draughtsman’s Contract and Alberto Del Saz’s La Revolte des Enfants. Elisa Angeli and Jiri Prochazka also appeared in a restaging of Lar Lubovitch’s Tilt-a-Whirl originally performed by Peggy Fleming and John Curry. In addition, the ITNY ensemble performed this season’s new works, Dare Greatly and Primavera, both choreographed by ice choreographer Douglas Webster. But wait there's more! U.S. ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre also skated their exhibition number Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman and Kim even took part in one of the ensemble numbers. My video story about the event will also be coming up!
There are only two more dates for the ITNY home season celebration:
- Where: Sky Rink (Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, NYC)
- When: Friday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. AND Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact ITNY at (212) 929-5811. (Photo below, from left to right, Moira North, Kim Navarro, Johnny Weir, Kenny Moir and Marni Halasa)