A day before British summertime officially started, Blackpool’s summertime was launched with the earliest ever opening of the resort’s annual icestravaganza.
The show has now reached such a standard that a ticket to see it should be a compulsory part of a visit to Blackpool. Forget every preconception you may have about an ice show and be thankful Stageworks Worldwide Productions hasn’t forgotten Blackpool’s entertainment crown - Hot Ice would stand up against any show anywhere in the world.
The cast of 30 is a who’s who of ice skating’s premiere league - from Poland’s five times national champion Anna Rechnio making her Hot Ice debut to five times Finnish champ Oula Jaaskelainen notching up his 11th season here, from Canadian pairs skaters Brianne Delcourt and Nicholas Keagan shaving the ice so close it must hurt to Romain Gazave doubling as concert pianist on an instrument which descends from the heavens, thie show contains far too much to be absorbed at one sitting. When Blackpool-born Daniel Whiston takes to the air for an angelic aerial silk routine it is impossible to concentrate on what is still being preformed on the ice below.
The first half reprises last year’s Xylatomia and is the heat to the new second half’s Chill. A global odyssey of influences and styles it is an ensemble piece which succeeds whether or not its viewers know a triple axis from a figure eight. Chill fuses funk and jazz, Cotton Club and disco in an upbeat and uptempo triumph. It’s cool as in the girls’ showcase and hot as in the boys’ Brotherhood of Jazz. Unmissable stuff.