Oh my.. The spiral sequence in that has to be the best (as in, most entertaining/thrilling/amusing) I have ever seen! Very cool.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
I can remember Alena Leonova injecting humour into her spiral sequence in one of her SPs... including making a gesture as though she was looking at a watch, i.e. assuring that she was holding it for the required number of seconds. What program was that? That made me laugh, and was my favourite until just seeing this one of Roensthal's.
I don't think I'm familiar with that program, at least not by name. I assume it's a pro program?
Originally Posted by Scrufflet
I've mainly been thinking in terms of competitive programs. I think we do see some more variety from women in the pro context (or did, when there was more of a pro context in which to see it ). Though perhaps still not as much as with the men.
I was going mention Beacom as an example of what I think of as experimenting with the physics of blades on ice. Dmitri Dmitrenko is the other skater who particularly stands out to me as playing with edges and different ways of using the body to direct the blades in ways that may not be typical.
Oh, and Allen Schramm
I haven't seen many women experiement with edges in the same way.
And then there was a whole trend of experimenting with angular or other nonclassical body shapes,
which maybe started with Toller Cranston
and continued with skaters like
Igor Bobrin, Norbert Schramm, Jozef Sabovcik, more recently Stannick Jeanette, Ilia Klimkin
The closest female examples I can think of Olga Markova and Krisztina Czako (with choreography by Bobrin)
BTW, what do we make of a comparison between these two programs portraying somewhat similar characters?
Quite apart from whatever music or costumes they chose and the images inherent therein.
Women, on the other are more likely to get experimental with flexibility. E.g., Denise Biellmann from that 1980ish era. Lots more recent examples -- Sasha Cohen stands out -- and Cecelia Colledge to go back to the source. But most often the images of the music and costumes and general persona fit into the categories I named above.
To me, Carolina Kostner's program was mostly flying from one element to another, with little charter portrayal at all. (I and do mean flying -- whew!)
Originally Posted by gkelly
Zagorodniuk's program, to me, was the opposite. He tried to work in the jumps and spins as part of the character, which he maintained throughout with many humorous little flourishes.
Exactly. I want to see more of that approach to program construction from women -- regardless of the style or character being played. But preferably one that's not too stereotypical.
I never thought of this, but you folk are right. The two footwork experimenters I can think of offhand are Yuka Sato and Gordeyeva. Because Gordeyeva as a singles skater (which she never did in her eligible career, of course) didn't have many jumps and actually didn't have a lot of the singles skater's flexibility, she has done more varied things with how she moves across the ice. This may be one reason I enjoy her so much. She shows me something new and different.
Last edited by Olympia; 01-15-2012 at 09:29 AM.
gkelly, Gary's program was indeed a pro one. At this point I may have confused it with the 1988 pro routine which is on youtube. I searched for the other one but couldn't find it. There is a wonderful article in Dance Magazine, March 1, 1995 by David Gesmer which can be read at thefreelibrary.com. If you've never read it, it's right up your alley.
My apologies for not providing links but I'm mucking that stuff up today.
The problem I have with the classical style--despite the fact that EVERYBODY seems to do it now, where as before there were several notable exceptions--is that it doesn't show a joy of skating. Mostly, the "princesses" seem miserable. I remember Michelle used to pull this tortured face when she did her spiral--I guess she was showing us how her "character" was suffering from a broken heart or whatever--and Dick and Peggy used to rave about it. Good interpretation, I suppose, but I prefer a happy Tara, a tough Tonya or Irina! The fact that we are still raving about an unknown skater who did a non-medal routine 6 years ago shows the incredible lack of creativity of the skating choreographers, coaches and/or judges, I don't know which.
What gkelly says is true, I'm sure. Maybe those who don't skate the classical style have some flaws they have to cover up. But I can think of several skaters who don't have obvious flaws who would do better to get out of the princessy mode. Mirai, for one. She was 100X better as perky Carmen than she was the tortured Geisha or the princessy, themeless character she is this year. I believe her personality is perky, bubbly and fun. So who won't let her convey that on the ice?
when I think of not typical female artistry, Midori Ito and Irina Slutskaya comes in mind.
of the current ladies, although I do not like her skating, I think Leonova has set herself apart with her weird/kooky programs
well considering her body type of course, though I see Alena Leonova as a poor man's Irina Slutskaya