Le Patin Libre is French for "the free skate." It's the name of a Canadian movement troupe that develops avant-garde movement pieces for ice rinks.
Le Patin Libre's signature piece "Vertical Influences" has its Connecticut debut Oct. 15 at Wesleyan University's Spurrier-Snyder Rink, in the Freeman Athletic Center at 161 Cross St., Middletown. "Vertical Influences" contains themes of leadership, bullying and independence. In the second half of the two-part performance, the audience is seated on the ice close to the skaters.
"Vertical Influences" has two shows, Oct. 15 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $22, $20 for students and seniors, $6 for children and Wesleyan students. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa/.