Next month, the eyes of the world will be on Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. But fears currently abound as to whether the city, with its subtropical climate, will have enough snow and ice for the various winter sports that will be competing there. After all, how can you compete in a sport like hockey or ice dancing without ice?
A possible solution is coming to the High Performance Rodeo in the form of “6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won.” The 60-minute play tells the story of Slovakian world championship ice dancers Heap Cruziack (Jesse Gervais) and Pebble Adverati (Amber Borotsik), who, after a five-year hiatus, are on a quest to reinvigorate the sport of ice dancing – despite living in a post-apocalyptic world without ice.
“It’s about trying to navigate when everything falls apart,” Borotsik says from Edmonton. Gervais agrees, adding, “It’s also really exciting and fun to watch. It’s fun to watch these people ice dance right in front of you.”
“6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won” was written by British theatre company Dancing Brick, and was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009. The show has gone on to achieve tremendous success, both in the U.K. and abroad. “It really resonates with audiences,” explains Gervais. “There’s a really human story there.”
Indeed, the appeal of the play is its ability to balance the humourous and absurd idea of ice dancing without ice, with a simple, honest story about two people just trying to hold it together when everything in their world changes.
“I really love that combination,” Borotsik says about what drew her to the play. “That relationship between the sequins and the pressure of ice dancing, and then just the simple truth of it.”
“6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won” will be playing January 13-18 and January 20-25 as part of the High Performance Rodeo. Please see www.hprodeo.ca for a full listing of dates and times.
By Sara Elizabeth Taylor