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Whether we’re donning our own skates or cheering on the Habs at the Bell Centre, Montreal has always had a love affair with the ice. And this will be on full display during a free ice show called Cadence, presented by 7 Doigts production. It will take place on the city’s  new outdoor skating rink, Esplanade Tranquille, at the Quartier des spectacles until March 5 as part of the Montréal en Lumière festival. 

The 30-minute show will feature 16 performers – world-class figure skaters and circus arts performers – doing awe-inspiring and technically difficult stunts such as a triple axel. The performance will also incorporate different forms of skating such as pairs, ice dancing, and extreme ice skating. High-flying acrobatics and barrel jumping will be combined with major screen projections and an original soundtrack.

Show director Sébastien Soldevila describes it as a mixture of ice skating and skateboarding. The high-energy spectacle will take the audience on a journey, exploring the history of human interaction with ice. As the director of Cirque du Soleil show Crystal, Soldevila says he wanted to tell a story that shows the dynamic aspect of skating and ice as a means of pushing boundaries.

Soldevilla says the show is very family oriented and he hopes it inspires people to want to skate.

Cadence will take place every evening at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 24 to March 5. 

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