Dance-Related Figure Skating Programs
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:29 PM
Choreographer and coach Marina Zoueva, who has a credential from GITIS, created "Giselle" from three Act I excerpts. Davis/White perform the "Yankee Polka" section at the end.
It's remarkable how many Ice Dance teams manage not to make dances out of the material, but here's a lower-ranked team, Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland -- their coach is Evgeni Platov, the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Ice Dance champion (with Oksana Grishuk) -- which performed to a different type of dance, with the Yankee Polka starting before the halfway point:
Daisuke Takahashi just can't stop dancing:
I have a paid subscription to TVTeka to be able to watch the Russian "Sport" channel live, but I love going back to YouTube, just to listen to the Italian commentary. Not that I understand much beyond "Fantastico!" and "Que programma," but they sound so musical and like they like things they see.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:02 PM
And Tchaikovsky is well represented this season: 1 Nutcracker, 2 Sleeping Beauty, and about 3 Swan Lake/Black Swan programs!
Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:15 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:12 PM
The only program that I think matches the music and tries to do a figure skating version of classical ballet, in this case "Sleeping Beauty," is Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff's Pairs FS; unfortunately, they haven't performed it that well this year, but here was their performance from last year's US Nationals:
They've changed it somewhat this season to adjust to the rule changes, but it's substantially the same, with element highlights on the music, which is not the typical murderous collection of death by 1000 cuts.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:54 AM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:21 PM
I think this program has the potential to be great. It's extremely difficult, but quite different from what they have done in the past.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:20 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:20 PM
In a separate interview, Igor Spilband, Zoueva's coaching partner until this year, said that he was influenced by the ballet for Plisetskaia in his version (also using the Shchedrin score) for Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, but I don't see it.
There are many clips of the Grand Prix series on YouTube, mostly from Russian Eurosport and Italian RAI, and just about every competitor in each event has at least one video.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 11:02 AM
Looks like there will again be a fair amount of dance-related programs for the 2013-2014 season.
Romeo and Juliet
The Seasons (Glazunov)
Should be an interenesting Olympic season!
Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:25 PM
A number of the dance-related programs were seen this past weekend at the Grand Prix of France. Elena I. and Nikita K. of Russia with their Swan Lake program pulled off an unexpected upset by finishing ahead of Nathalie P. and Fabian B. of France in France to get the silver with Virtue and Moir taking gold.
Virtue and Moir's Seasons, not perfect here, but on its way:
And for sheer entertainment and joy, Jason Brown's bronze medal long program to Riverdance:
Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:27 AM
I'm a fan of that Swan Lake - Elena is a very effective Odile.
Here is Ashley Wagner skating to Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)
All through it, I kept wondering "where is Juliet?" This choreo needs some iconic MacMillan or Lavrovsky movements.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:41 AM
Evan Lysacek says he will not attempt to compete for a spot on the Sochi team due to injury. This comment of his struck me during his interview on Today:
The jumps and the physicality of the sport are incredible, and I think people don't know that,'' Lysacek said. "They think it looks like ballet, but really it is among the most difficult and physical sports in the world.
Does Lysacek think that ballet does not have incredible physical demands? It struck me as an inane comment. He appears to have no clue regarding the physical demands imposed upon top tier ballet dancers.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 01:07 PM
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