Kazakhstan-born figure skater and bronze medal winner at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Denis Ten recently announced that his third “Denis and Friends Ice Show” will be held in Almaty on Jun. 20-21.
Among those performing will be prominent figure skaters, such as Olympic champions Maxim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar from Russia, Joannie Rochette and Elladj Balde from Canada, Stephane Lambiel from Switzerland, Marie-Pierre Leray, Jean-Denis Sanchis and Alexander Lubchenko from France, as well as Olympic champions Qing Pang and Jian Tong from China and world champions Jeremy Abbott, Maia and Alex Shibutani from the U.S. Russian skater Elena Rodionova and Korean skater Park So-youn will also participate.
“This year the ice show will present a new format in comparison to previous years, as they were more experimental for us. At the second show, for instance, we decided to concentrate on celebrity participants. This year we want to improve the entertainment programme by attracting foreign specialists. This year the show will be directed by a Canadian,” said Ten during a recent press conference.
The “Denis and Friends Ice Show” is unique in Kazakhstan. After the show was presented for the first time in 2013, it received a lot of attention as Ten gathered the brightest world stars in figure skating to perform for the Kazakh public. In 2014, Ten’s show became one of the topics of discussion in foreign mass media, which called it “a sensational project.” Tickets for the show have sold quickly.
Ten is also continuing his professional skating career. This season, Ten won gold at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championshipsin Seoul in February and received a bronze medal at the World Championships in Shanghai in March. His greatest professional achievement so far has been capturing the bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.