ITA, I liked it much better yesterday.
ITA, I liked it much better yesterday.
But comparing teams isn't really what my point was. My point was that in the current judging there's no specific advantage given to conceptual originality- which I actually think is something that limits and discourages true artistic range and growth for the athletes in ice dance today. Even the example of D/W who had an amazing OD to Indian music (that was one of the more original OD's that season) didn't get marked ahead of V/M's more traditional flamenco OD concept that we've seen before- (which P/B actually did the first time folk was called as an OD a couple of years before that Olympic season).
Clowns, like Chaplin, was a very, very charming program, but we have had lots of Chaplins (Barber and Slater in 1984 had the best one!! and in pairs, Berezhnyah & Sikuradlidze had a wonderful Chaplin program) and lots of Clowns (Chait and Sakhonovsky had the strangest one). There was a while that it seemed every new Russian team in pairs & dance had to have a clown program at least once. P&B's Clowns was one of the best clown programs, though..
I saw the Organ Donor/Crazy FD live and the motion and beat reminded me way too much of their previous Four Seasons FD, but with trick costumes. I think they were trying to be original with it.
I do think that originality is not rewarded in any scoring. It is after all, a sports event at heart. While I love watching an orginal program myself, I can understand why the scoring is geared to rewarding that only peripherally.
I agree that originality of movement should be rewarded however. And even it isn't.
However, their program did remind me of this one to Walk Like an Egyptian by Rosalyn Summers in 1988
Blanc/Bouquet's OD in 2007-8 was a rather different take on the concept. Flamencos aren't exactly groundbreaking (A/P beat P/B to it, for instance) but V/M did have a great one.
B&B's number was to authentic music (Shantala, I think?) , but they sort of missed it on the type of movement that was required.
For that matter U&Z did a great Indian dance in 1988
and T&D did one in 1984, although not to anything like authentic music (Song of India).
And I didn't claim V&M's Flamenco was original. For that matter, I really, really liked A&P's Flamenco.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-21-2011 at 03:58 AM.
Back from Paris yesterday, and Ice dance was the highlight of my three days there. I cannot say anything technically unfortunately, but top three gave us very exciting and wonderful performances and I (and the rest of the audience) truly appreciated it.
I thought both Nathalie & Fabian's and Tessa & Scotts' programmes were very much work in progress though. It's understandable at this time of the season. Both couples skated rather carefully and somewhat tentatively, with some minor hiccups here and there. However, it was their experiences and abilities that still gave very satisfying performances to the crowd. So different in style, and as I personally have no means to tell difference in technical abilities in them, both of them were highlights of the event for me. And of course Anna & Luca too! How so charming they were. It was great see them looking polished and confident on ice after the difficult few seasons.
The only problem I had with Funny Face was that I just could not help singing along! I was lucky that I managed to move to a seat with no one sitting next to me so that I could sing along to my heart's content (though in a very very small voice).
I wished Elena & Nikita utilised the greater area of the ice surface. (Should it be attributed to the choreographer? I felt the same with their SD too though, especially pattern dance elements.) They were entertaining to watch and I could see where their charm lies. They were not as polished, smooth and do not draw you in as the top three couples, but it's their youth, I believe. A very exciting couple with bright future indeed.
Poor utilization of the ice surface is the fault either of the choreographer or the fact that the skaters did not skate their program with the speed the choreographer. In their case, I think the choreographer, since I have heard that they have very good speed.
mot, it's great to see you posting again. .
Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-21-2011 at 08:19 AM.
Thanks, Doris. It's good to be back! I have become incredibly busy and could not spend much time with figure skating apart from watching the competitions. But I thought I could contribute a bit as I went to TEB and saw all performances live. I am going to the European Championships too, so I will post my thoughts too.
(And TBTH, I got a bit tired of reading endless discussions, verging on arguments sometime, on who's better than who and who were robbed and who were propped up. To my layperson's eyes, all are wonderful in their own ways, and it is not for me to decide who should have won and who should not. My job as a spectator is just to be entertained and marvelled, and to cheer all skaters, who put in an unbelievable amount of time and effort - blood and tears - into what they do. )
Unless a major change of plan, i m going to Euros too
seniorita, I shall wholeheartedly welcome you in England! Hope nothing would change your plan.
Some quick comments since from what I read here, Doris has done a very respectable job of covering this event so I will not repeat what she already stated more eloquently than I could.
- V/M has really improved the expression of their SD, it was miles better than the one at Skate Canada. I am getting this impression they will dominate the Latin theme over any of their competitors by quite a bit, including D/W who seems to have some issue with the expression of their SD
- However, V/M struggled a little in their FD, I didn't see much of an improvement per say
- Ice Dance propaganda / positioning really is heating up, borderline trash talk are all over the place. The French are doing it, so are the Russians and Americans - it seems as though everyone is trying to juggle for position
- My feeler is that it would be a uphill battle for the Shibutani to remain in the top 6 at Worlds this year and despite W/P having solid materials this year, it is doubtful that they can do better than 5th at World this year. Some people, including Marina Anissina (batting for mother Russia, not France), is trying to create this us. against them mentality. Unfortunately, many people bite and fell for this. From my perspective, this is a trap but the result is in many people's mind, this could make the environment somewhat poisonous for USA and Canada #2 teams while Russia, France and Italy #1 teams will likely be pushed / aided in this environment
- I am convinced the issue with V/M's FD is not whether the program is original or not, it is pretty clear after the Paris GP that as a program, it is well received. But there are some issues with the linking movements involving non-traditional Ice Dance moves such as tap dancing, making it hard to score favor with judges. Transition/Linking Movements will likely be the differentiating factor between them and D/W as far as the PCS are concerned and with D/W doing a Waltz, this advantage will have to go to the Americans
- By no means a prediction at this point, I am beginning to have a clearer picture of how the showdown will look like in Nice 2012. #1 and #2 should still be between V/M and D/W with the former having a clear edge in the SD but the question is whether the lead will be big enough to knock off the latter team, almost like a repeat of 2011 Worlds. #3 will likely be a battle between Russia and France. Both S/S and W/P should consider themselves lucky if they can hold off the Italians this year, not because C/L have improved that much but because F/S have retired.
^ From the third bullet on down, this is so depressingly political.
So it wasn't enough for Anissina to be an unfair medal recipient at Olys, she has to screw up current North American ice dancers.
Actually the 5th bullet about V/M's tap-dance moves is interesting. That was brought up earlier in this thread. Are you saying it's the non-traditional aspect that is problematic or that some of their moves are more like tap-dancing than skating?
(Yeah: Go, Shibs! Boo, Anissina!)
Tap dance moves fall into transitions; they are not part of any of the elements. The question is, do they score well as transitions, given that they are non skating transitions? I suspect they get treated as maybe a slight plus in the choreo & interp mark, but get no credit from the judges as a transition. (since the PCS components are undifferentiated, it is hard to know exactly what the judges were thinking.)
Here's the guidelines for the Transitions component
And the SD may have a whole raft of surprises for us. What I saw on TV at TEB was that V&M did not get level 4 on their two sections of the rhumba (and they got one level 4 and one level 3 at SC), but C&L did, and P&B got level 4 on one section. At SA, no one got level 4, including D&W. I expect politicking to coalesce around those points. However, callers differ vastly in strictness, particularly in these pattern dance calls.
Transitions/Linking Footwork /Movements
The varied and or intricate footwork, positions, movements and holds that link all elements and constitute the
distinct technical content of the dance;
• Balance of workload between partners
• Variety of holds (not excessive side by side and hand in hand)