Watched the vedios for Mao's SP, LP and Ex at TEB. General impression: Tarasova did something great to upgrade Mao's performance level, the Ex was something giving Mao facial expression that's finally different and visible. The arm movement was also more difined and expressive. Excellent job. However both her SP and LP had something to be desired.
SP: The gerenal tone was right but she hasn't found the nuance of the music yet. IMHO there is a lack of the feeling of indulging in the tranqility and romance of beautiful moonlight. I dont' know if I expressed it clearly as my English is not good enough to express the very subtle thoughts. I couldn't help to go back to watch S/Z's SP again and anybody wants to see what I mean here that's it. I would think that this kind of music needs very efficient and smooth stroking and turns that keep you "floating" on the ice and the move should be concentrated on the arm and upper body as well as the eyes.
LP: Monotoned highbeats, didn't gave Mao any chance to catch her breath and it's boring to hear the same tune ( or do people call it sentence in music?) repeated again and again. No change of tempo and rhythme throughout the program, can one call it unbalanced, that's something I'm not sure, but at least I wouldn't call it a good structure program wise nor music edition wise. IMO it was overdone.
Although the jumps were not there at the moment, IMO Mao did improved performance wise, especially showing in the Ex, her arms moved better and with more expression, her facial express is a big leap from before and that is definitely an asset for her IMO.
Like her costumes.
(I was searching for Lu Chen's clair de lune and saw a yu na's clair de lune program, don't know when she did it but it is just the way I imagine a Clair de lune should be, also a Mao's when she was younger, beautiful)