Mao's Brand New Chopin EX at Stars on Ice in Black Dress
Breathtakingly beautiful. But I like the simple white dress better to be honest.
No miss performance!!
She is stunning. Beautiful performance, loved it. Thanks for posting.
Here is Dai's performance at the same show.
Last edited by demarinis5; 01-16-2011 at 09:55 PM.
Now that's a nice spiral...no bent leg.
Thanks so much! How lovely. This girl is magic from head to toe. The new costume is kind of growing on me; I especially love the idea of a tulle skirt, though I'd have given it more layers so it approximated the cloud-like effect of some ballet tutus. I hope she's at her best in Worlds!
What I find interesting is the similarity between Mao's exhibition dress & Adelina Sotnikova's (seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg5rJgD37y0).
Both are black & white with that overexaggerated frou frou skirt. Makes me wonder if they have seen Natalie Portman in the "Black Swan".
Personally, I prefer Mao, and always have, though I wish she would have a transformation akin to the one that Natalie Portman's character had in the movie as far as coming out of her "White Swan" shell and showing us the "Black Swan"!
I would love to see Mao perform both, as she has all the balletic accoutrements necessary to undertake such a tour de force!!!!
For now, I will enjoy her beautiful exhibition piece, complete with gorgeous split jumps & Charlotte.
p.s. now that Mao is 20 yrs. old, I hope she will get a sophisticated new hairstyle, maybe a pixie cut or something fancy similar to how Daisuke Takahashi's trendy hairstyle is now a part of his allure. I could even see a short ear-length cut with part of her hair falling over the left side of her forehead just stopping short of her eyebrow, complete with dramatic makeup, WOW! Audrey Hepburn watch out! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_tRRSWeXGJz...y+Hepburn2.jpg
I would LOVE to see Mao skate to Swan Lake next season. I think she will be mature enough to portray the black swan, and the music of Swan Lake would go wonderfully with her balletic lines/posture.
Originally Posted by Nadine
Remember those few years when Michelle had a very short haircut? I think it was from 1998 to 2000. It was tremendously appealing. And the great thing about hair is that it always grows back.
Darn it both of the above videos of Mao and Dai have been taken down. Copyright issues.
Do not worry.
I like this one better. It compares her black and white dress.Caption said the music is for the black dress performance.
Enjoy, While it is there.
I want to see her in a new style as well. Also liked this phtoshopped image of Yuna in Hepburn's style.
Originally Posted by Nadine
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
Really? :S I thougt that was the most unappleaing hairstyle she had. I think she looked the best with the raised bun (as opposed the medium height bun she wore from 2001-2002. It really suited her perfectly shaped skull and not so long neck.
I agree with poster shine in regards to Michelle Kwan; I thought she looked her best with her hair long & in a bun. Yet that said I thought it took guts when she shorn all her beautiful hair off to go for a more adult look.
Hmmm, now that I think of it, after looking at the pic of Yuna Kim, I think the Audrey Hepburn hairstyle would fit her better than Mao because her face is more small & square with thick stunning raven eyebrows similar to Audrey.
That said, I still think Mao should go for a new hairstyle to signify her entrance into adulthood, perhaps keep the chignon but add dramatic new bangs with a sophisticated part over one of her eyebrows!
Mao reminds me so much of Natalie Portman (a favorite actress of mine) in terms of elegance, style, charm, refinement, just the way they carry themselves. There's never been an outfit that I haven't enjoyed of Natalie's. So on that note, I would like to see Mao tackle the "Black Swan", complete with full-on makeup, like here: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/Porta.../dec/14ent.jpg
After all, kabuki style makeup started in Japan centuries ago. http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/285...32FE9FFAE3DA8A
Originally Posted by genki
Thanks for posting this, genki, earlier this evening I watched it totally glued to the monitor. Seriously, whomever made that fascinating video has to be congratulated ~ juxtaposing the two performances was a work of art! ~ it gave the viewer the pleasure of contrasting the white versus the black. And alas the white wins by far because it goes with the ethereal music, makes Mao seem like it's just her pure soul out there dancing on the ice, bared for all to see. No costume, no skin, no cover up, just her soul...
She is the white swan, this is why I think it's so important for her to show us the black one day, to prove to herself most of all that she can do it. This is another reason why I'm one of the handful that actually enjoys her "Bells of Moscow" routine, because it shows another side of her, the beginning of something great. It went fantastic with those two 3axels at the Olympics.
To be honest, I already see Yuna as the Black Swan, always have, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her skate to it some day. But I think more of a challenge for her would be to skate to the White Swan.
The opposite is true for Mao imho, she *is* the White Swan, now she needs to challenge herself to play the Black Swan. Jmho, of course.
I just keep thinking if Natalie could do it, whom reminds me of Mao in all ways (class, elegance, refinement, modesty, intellect, humility, purity), then Mao can as well. Embrace that other side of herself: http://wearemoviegeeks.com/wp-content/bs1.jpg
Go from the White Swan: http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploa...ack-swan-6.jpg
to the Black: http://images4.fanpop.com/image/phot...6-1024-682.jpg