World Premiere of ROBIN COUSINS' ICE Launches National Tour Today
Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon for Triumph Entertainment are delighted to present the World Premiere of "Robin Cousins' ICE - The Skating Stage Experience", on national tour opening at Southampton Mayflower Theatre today, 15 January 2014. Full tour schedule below. www.robincousinsice.com
Olympic champion and head judge on ITV's Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe to bring his incredible new production to life.
Dynamic and atmospheric "Robin Cousins' ICE" will draw you into its unique world, where world class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly in a truly theatrical setting. ICE features a powerful soundtrack of original music and reworked modern classics designed to delight and enthrall.
Robin Cousins' ICE redefines ice skating for a new generation with a spectacular show the like of which UK theatres have not seen in 30 years.
Robin Cousins said "It's been 30 years since I created 'Electric Ice' which took to the theatrical stage and changed the look of ice shows. I am very excited to bring the daring and dazzling world of figure skating back into an intimate theatrical setting. Both of my previous shows, "Electric Ice" and "Ice Majesty", were created in the UK, and I'm very proud that the World Premiere of "Robin Cousins' ICE" will happen here too.
"The show is not an adaptation of a ballet, or borrowed from the world of musical theatre. There are no judges, just the audience. It is a show where the choreography is driven by the music, where the movement has room to breathe, and the skaters can let their blades do the talking. To be able to move like a skater is every dancer's dream. To be motionless, yet travelling at great speed. Skaters are able to soar across the frozen stage in ways a dancer can only dream of doing.
"I have been working 'on ice' for over 40 years, from my start in regional club competitions to World and Olympic Championships, choreography and performance for film, television, theatre and award winning arena Ice productions. Every new project brings its own challenges and I relish the chance to try something new with tried and tested ideas. I'm always pushing myself in new directions."
"Robin Cousins' ICE" is directed and choreographed by Robin Cousins with musical direction by Maurice Luttikhuis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Gareth Owen, and set and costume design by David Shields.
Robin Cousins is an internationally recognized name on both ice and stage, known for his innovative performing style on ice. Besides his 16 major International titles he has performed, choreographed and directed 10 productions for the world renowned Holiday on Ice, skated on stage at the Radio City Music Hall, starred as 'Billy Flynn' in the London production of "Chicago" and is Head Judge on ITV's hugely successful show "Dancing on Ice".
MAURICE LUTTIKHUIS has worked as a musician and conductor in film, television and musicals for more than 25 years, including the Dutch productions of "LES MISERABLES" and "Miss Saigon", and the Dutch and French productions of "Disney's The Lion King". Maurice has composed, arranged and recorded the music for numerous "Holiday on Ice" shows. In 1996, Maurice founded his own symphony orchestra, the New Symphonics.
Tim Mitchell's credits as a lighting designer include "Singin' in the Rain"at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Palace Theatre, "The Winslow Boy" at the Old Vic, "A Doll's House" at The National Theatre of Scotland, "The Sound of Music" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and "Fidelio" at ENO. Tim is Associate Lighting Designer at Chichester Festival Theatre and an Associate Artist for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Gareth Owen is a quadruple Tony/Olivier Award nominated sound designer who is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Best Sound Design category. West End production credits include "X-Factor - I Can't Sing", "Top Hat" at the Aldwych, and "Merrily We Roll Along" at the Harold Pinter.
DAVID SHIELDS has worked as a set and costume designer for more than 25 years for productions across the UK and internationally with credits including "Saturday Night Fever" at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, UK national tours, in Johannesburg, Scandinavia and for the recent Madrid and Spanish tour, "Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals UK tour", "Ice Age Live, A Mammoth Adventure - Arena World Tour", and 13 world touring productions for "Holiday on Ice".
Official website: http://www.robincousinsice.com/