10-25-2009, 09:23 PM
While there are definitely D/W critics, your comment about them, Tigger, is definitely in the minority. Even Tracy Wilson and Kurt Browning while fully supporting V/M, comment on the outstanding quality and improvement of D/W and they thoroughly liked their FD. As do many, many fans. And judges. And commentators.
I know I am a long time fan of D/W and am biased...you are entitled to your opinion but I am sorry that you see it that way.
10-26-2009, 12:17 AM
As already stated, I'm in that seeming minority that does not like D/W's Free Dance. Biggest problem is the music cuts! Really trite A-B-A pattern, not really building to anything, it's like the slow section was just inserted in because there is supposed to be a slow section, like simply because 4 minutes of the main theme would be too boring (2+ minutes is boring enough as it is). They skate more or less on beat, and yet still somehow "through" the music, no shading to bring out something different in the slow section or between sections, for example. No sense of story being told - I know some will say ice dance need not be about storytelling, and I agree; but this is a dramatic piece they've chosen, not real dance music... I get no chemistry between them in this piece, just efficient partnering - I think it is Meryl in particular that is the problem here, something too stiff or too concentrated about her, though her extension/positions are generally good. Fast and efficient are the words this program brings up for me, rather than interesting, compelling, beautiful, thrilling....
The choreography is not interesting.
I'll give them some benefit of the doubt, this being the early season. They're maybe thinking through things a lot at this point, trying to get comfortable doing everything faster and crisper, as it is ultimitely the technical and skating skill improvements which will move them up the ladder... perhaps the interpretaiion will come along as the season progresses...
But I hate the music! Not a particularly interesting program idea.
I ony care to critique them this much because I found last year's Free Dance to be quite good from them, and right from the first performance of it.
Last edited by amateur; 10-26-2009 at 12:25 AM.
10-26-2009, 04:16 AM