While surfing for Evgeni stuff on the web, I came across the above. What I'm saying isn't directly aimed at anybody on this board in particular, but this is a subject that I feel very strongly about so I thought I would make my opinions known here.
I notice that many of the posters in the link above disliked the program Evgeni did at Worlds "Only You/Long Tall Sally". You know that awful feeling when everyone seems not to like something that you absolutely adore? I haven't felt this way since I read the anti-Plush stuff in the rssif group and elsewhere.
Maybe I can attempt to explain why I feel that OY/LTS is a masterful stroke of comic genius and just absolutely took my breath away, rolling on the floor in helpless laughter, tears of joy streaming down my face. It was also one of the only things that truly made me laugh in quite a long time.
First of all, some of the best humor comes when someone is poking fun at themselves, or "self-deprecating" humor. It makes the audience see the same things within themselves, and they can relate to it. "Sex Bomb" is an example of this. Everybody knows Evgeni is skinny, including Evgeni himself. Evgeni wears a fake muscle suit to satirize the expectations of what the "ideal man's" body should look like. (big and muscular). It sort of like the audience sees Evgeni living out a fantasy where he is the "ideal man" (at least in the eyes of society; a "sex bomb") and not his usual skinny self.
Again with OY/LTS Evgeni parodies himself, this time by wearing a giant costume of himself. I would have laughed out loud at even the thought of someone doing that! A giant costume of *himself*, wow. See, that's what I love and admire about Evgeni. He does things that NOBODY (and I mean NOBODY) would ever even *think* of doing. The fact that is was something that had never been done before just wowed, amazed, speechless, I don't know how to describe it! I thought SB was the pinnacle of how fabulous an exhibition program could be, I just couldn't think of anything that could top it, only to be proven *wrong* again!
And "Only You" is just a romantic song and I feel so into the program with the balloon and the flower. The concept is hilarious and it's so sweet all at the same time. LTS is also a kick [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color] song. I don't know maybe these were what was popular when Mishin was young, back in the '50s?
Anyway, I dearly wished I could have seen it live, but the nearest show was in (LA? Sacramento?) which was just too far and I had already seen COI last year (It's too expensive for me to see *every* year. ) And Zhenya wound up doing his LP at those shows anyway, did he not? Oh well. Good for those who didn't love OY/LTS. Sad for me, who did.