PLYMOUTH — Douglas Webster is an artistic director for Ice Theatre of New York, which is known as one of the premier ice dancing companies in the country. On Sunday, Webster will be bringing his work to the Granite State- as a bit of a homecoming, as he was born in nearby North Conway.
“Bringing Ice Theatre of New York back to Plymouth is a highlight for me,” Webster saod, who added that this will be the second straight year he has been at the Silver Center with last year receiving great feedback. “Returning to my roots and sharing with the community my love of ice dancing as both an athletic and artistic endeavor is important to me. I travel all over the world as a skating choreographer but there’s no place like my home state and I’m excited to bring a high quality performance to New Hampshire.”
Ice Theatre of New York, Webster explained, has a mission of elevating ice dancing as an ensemble art form. He said that in their performances they have had a wide array of music ranging from classical to Mumford and Sons.
“We have a little something for everyone,” Webster said.
The performance is titled “ICE: DANCE, On Golden Pond,” and will feature an ensemble of some of the top international and Olympic skaters, which includes Ryan Bradley who is 2011 US Men’s Figure Skating champion. Also involved are Kim Navarro, Brent Bommentre, Eve Chalom, and Joel Dear, who have experience on the world figure skating team and ice theatre.
The event in Plymouth will feature a new work called “Flight,” which is a quartet he created to the music of “On Golden Pond.” It will be a 90 minute show with a 15 minute intermission that Webster said is something anyone will enjoy.
“The skating is so strong,” Webster said. “It really is, right now, considered to be one of the best products of ice skating in the world. It’s great to bring it to Plymouth.”
Webster grew up in North Conway where he was always involved in winter sports like Nordic and downhill skiing. He said that there was an outdoor skating rink in the center of town, so he took to skating right away. Webster noted that he has an athletic family, saying that his brother Eric is the director of the U.S. Grand Prix snowboarding circuit.
“It is only fitting we both ended up in major careers in winter sports,” Webster said.
Webster said that he got into skating right around the time when the Olympics were in Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1980. His parents saw that he loved it so much that they started taking him to rinks all around New England to skate.
His family moved to Virginia in the early 1980s and Webster got involved in competitive skating. He said that he had a big career in shows as a performer, but eventually shifted to choreography. Now, he said, he has choreographed many of the major shows in the world. He has choreographed a broad spectrum of work, including Stars on Ice, Disney on Ice, and Skating with the Stars.
“It’s been quite a journey, and it all started in New Hampshire,” Webster said. “It just shows if you love something, stay passionate and true, and follow your dreams because you never know where you will end up.”
The company, which consists of 12 professional skaters, has been on a tour starting on Sept. 20 inSun Valley, Idaho before performing in Wenatchee, Wash. on Oct. 3. On Oct. 11 they made their way to Santa Rosa, Calif. and on Oct. 25 the will be skating in Boston. In between, they spend their time in New York City, which is the home of Ice Theatre of New York.
Ending the tour will be the stop in Plymouth, and Webster said that his cast is just as excited as he is to be able to get out of the big city into the relaxed White Mountain region of Plymouth.
“Anyone who is a lover of arts and sports will enjoy this,” Webster said. “It is something so unique, and so entertaining, and is a great way to spend the afternoon.
The event will take place on Sunday, Oct 26 at 3 p.m. at the Silver Center. Tickets are currently on sale at the Silver Center for the Arts Box Office at 535-2787 or online athttp://www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/buy-tickets/.