New article on Dai? Reads:-
I often ask myself how some skaters attract just fantastic attention of fans around the world. Why do we want to watch again and again performances of some skaters? Why during the performance of some skaters we are completely forgetting about everything and just enjoying programs? I have not found an answer. I only have a few suppositions.....his skating....can be considered as an art form....Performances of Daisuke can not be divided on just footwork, handwork, body movements, etc. Yes, technically it’s possible, but to understand all the beauty of his performances you have to perceive all the details in full. No, do not TRY to do it! It’s useless. You just have to watch and FEEL it. Feelings will come by itself and you are unlikely will not be able to accurately describe them. These incredible feelings are the result of Daisuke’s movement on his Way. He never deviates from his own unique way. Even for the sake of the ever-changing requirements and trends in figure skating. He accepts them, but as a master he harmoniously integrates the necessary changes to programs and continues to conquer audiences around the world. No one knows exactly what kind of Way it is. You can’t know or understand it by your mind; you can only feel it by your heart and soul. When Daisuke is on the ice, he is both focused and relaxed; concentrated on the main and at the same time draws attention to the details; immersed in what is happening, but not divorced from reality. It is a condition which described by the Eastern (Oriental) philosophers, when they say that man is on his Way without deviating from it. The Way when person is not only in harmony with himself, but when he passes this extraordinary feeling to the people around. This is the only Way to reach a full potential of a person. That’s what Daisuke creates on the ice. His skating on the ice can be compared with Japanese calligraphy, where each image of a character brought to perfection; when every line has meaning, and when all connected lines form a stunning and very beautiful picture.
Last edited by Mao88; 05-19-2012 at 01:03 PM.
Thanks for that article! I don't understand everything it means about The Way as I do not speak Japanese, but it is beautifully written. I love how it says you have to FEEL his programs - that is absolutely right.
The fact that we can talk about those grand concepts when we think about Daisuke's skating is an indication of the indefinable essence that he brings to skating. I'm not saying, mind you, that he's better than Patrick Chan and should always beat Patrick. I'm saying (and I think the article is saying) that the thing he brings to skating (though his skating is of high quality) transcends the individual components of high-quality skating. He creates some living entity with his skating. I got that feeling with Michelle Kwan and with some other skaters as well (Gordeyeva and Grinkov are other examples). I don't get it with every champion by any means. But it's there with Daisuke almost every time he skates.
Last edited by demarinis5; 05-20-2012 at 07:17 AM. Reason: sp
I don't think it's exaggerating, because it's talking about a different quality from point-by-point evaluations, and it's using the language of art and soul. Besides, writing this enthusiastically about one skater doesn't signify a lack in any other skater. No comparison is implied. It's as if for this essay, Daisuke is the only skater in the world, which is how a good skater should come across while he (or she) is skating.