Another sign that the judges are really going to be in "crack-down" mode , where they haven't been in the past? I can't recall that the other teams that have used La Strada have stuck very strictly to the storyline , apart from dressing shabbily. It's always just been "down on our luck , but in love..and still clowning around " that I can remember. Still, whatever the reason..I really like Die Fledermaus for Meryl and Charlie, and hope they have time to whip it into shape.
I didn't have time to post earlier, but I've been following the great discussion here, and want to echo so much of what jcoates ,eyria and others have said . For example, I'm sure I spent that decade spanning '95- '04 grinding a good 1/8 of an inch off my teeth..I definitely don't long for a return to that situation in ice dance.
I can't really account for much of the the anti-Shib opinion/sentiment that has been rampant..not necessarily by the people that have been involved in this discussion, but in general..Earlier , somewhere, Pogue said that success ( and I'd add talent ) breeds criticism ( and I'd add resentment and sometimes outright hostility )
Last year all through the season , there were a number of us saying , don't count the Shibs out in handicapping chances at the top 5. P/B had been steaming right along and no-one would have predicted their fall. They fell. The Shibs did what they'd been doing all season. The field was tight, and what happened , happened. Now, it's a new season ; skaters have to go out again and lay it down, regardless of age, experience or rep. And the field,though it will be a bit different, will be tight again. True, I still think V/M and D/W are a cut above..but I know anything can happen.( And after 4+ decades of watching , I'm still finding that refreshing.)
Really, I have to say that I don't find P/B's program to be particularly artistic ,original, creative, or authentic . They've even used a similar theme themselves , in the past. The opening pose "nod'" to A/P has been mentioned and their recycled lift. Also, there's a section that's very reminiscent of D/W's Indian OD and Indian art, rather than Egyptian ( I'm speaking of the multi- arm effect )..and that's just what was obvious on one viewing.
I think authentic is really the wrong word to use. Authentic to what ? Only to the conventions we've developed in trying to recreate Egyptian art , which was itself governed by strict conventions. Even the ancient wall paintings that depict dancers seem to suggest that they moved in a much more natural fashion.
But I'm happy to see Nathalie dressed in more than her jewelry.
I'm not saying this can't be an enjoyable, difficult, entertaining , well skated dance. It may be very successful for them.But what was something new,and a stretch for them were the programs they had last season. To me this is a return to same old , same old .