National, international TOI competitions to kick off
Hobart Arena to host Theatre on Ice competitions
|Members of Imagica Theatre on Ice of Boston pose with their first-place trophy at the Nation's Cup in Toulouse, France. (courtesy of Carolyn Evert)|
Thirty-four teams -- eight more than the previous high -- are expected to participate in this year's event: 11 senior, five junior, 13 novice and five adult. In all, more than 600 competitors will take the ice over the course of the three-day event.
"I love Theatre On Ice and the excitement it brings to the skating community," said Kathy Slack, competition chair and first vice president of U.S. Figure Skating.
The national competition will be held Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25, with the international competition taking place Saturday, June 26.
Theatre On Ice is a branch of figure skating which merges the technical jumps and spins with unique choreography, ice dancing, pairs moves, synchronized skating and theatre. The skaters combine these to tell a story or act out an emotion or idea.
TOI consists of two events: choreographic exercise (similar to the short program) and free skate. Elements for the choreographic exercise are as follows:
Gesture or Movement: Swinging
For example, for its choreographic exercise, ACT I of Boston, a senior-level team representing the Skating Club of Boston, will perform "Ascent of Man," in which it imitates the evolution of ape to man. For its free skate, the team will portray non-existence to the formation of galaxies, stars, planets, moons and man in a program entitled "The Big Bang Theory."
Among the top teams competing are Los Angeles Ice Theater and Imagica TOI of Boston, the reigning senior and adult champions, respectively.
"The adults on my team have worked very hard this year," Imagica head coach Tasney Mazzarino said. "We just came home with a successful win at the first Nation's Cup in France, and after weeks of additional practice we are ready to give the audience an even better show at this years national and international event."