Kristi Yamaguchi & Denis Petrov: One day I'll fly away
I used to really like exhibitions but not so much anymore. There were skaters I like watching skate exhibitions:
Duh. :D My favorites were Dante's Prayer, Winter, Fields of Gold, One More Time, East of Eden and This Time Around (we've all seen them so I won't bother with posting links). She often put a lot of thought and care into creating her exhibition numbers and they were always so special and touching.
Sasha's had a zillion exhibition numbers but I think Hernando's Hideaway was my favorite. I also like her Romeo and Juliet one as well.
A few others from back when: Kristi Yamaguchi (It's Oh So Quiet), Oksana Bauil (Feeling Begins, Sadness, Rock Around the Clock duet with Victor Petrenko), Rudy Galindo, Surya Bonaly, and Kurt Browning (mainly Brick House and Singing in the Rain).
In terms of current skaters, there are only a few:
Queen of the exhibitions for this era of skaters. I did a blog post about it a while ago. She consistently puts out beautiful programs that really show a side of her that we don't get to see much in competition. Ballade, Por Una Cabeza and her recent Jupiter are my favorites. She's simply breathtaking in her exhibitions.
Her Libertango exhibition is the gatekeeper of that music; no one can touch it. That was the program that made me fall in love with her and made me realize just how amazing she is as a performer.
Her most recent exhibition (I don't know the name) confirmed my belief that she is a versatile skater when it comes to music. The song is beautiful even though I don't understand the words and she relates to it so well; you can really see the feeling in her performance and I love that. It's a really lovely program and she skates it beautifully.
Her Swan Lake exhibition blew me away last year and her Hernando's Hideaway did it again. I love her carriage, lines and extension; she is so gorgeous to watch. Also her expression and the way she hits the accents on the music makes her stand out from the nearly all of the other up-and-coming ladies.
That's about it, though I did recently watch US Novice Champ Karen Chen's exhibition and I have to say I was quite impressed with her. I loved the fans and the way she utilized them in the program, though I do think it'd have looked better if they matched her costume. She has a presence about her that is really good for someone so young. It'll be interesting to see how she develops.
Some older exhibitions that I watch from time to time
Debi Thomas & Vladimir Kotin doing their Michael Jackson Exhibition at the Goodwill games makes me smile
Debi Thomas's Wanda Beazel EX
Klimova & Ponomarenko do ballet on ice
Not strictly an exhibition, but I love Rahkamo & Kokko's performance in the music video for Enigma's Beyond the Invisible
Brian Boitano skating on a glacier to Water Fountain
Tonya Harding 1987 NHK When you Wish Upon a Star
Sinead Kerr & John Kerr Scottish Dance EX
A few more:
Kurt's Don't Fence Me In, That's Entertainment
Kristi - Doop, Doop, It's Oh, So Quiet
Michelle - Hands, Winter, Just Around the Riverbend (actually it's a medley of songs from "Pocahontas")
Melissa Gregory, Denis Petukhov, & Johnny Weir - "Fallen Angels"
Scott Hamilton - I Love Me (the one in which he plays a lounge lizard)
SOI group numbers - Fun & Games (1998), Peace, Love, & Skating, Hard Steele is Back
Last edited by iluvtodd; 04-13-2012 at 07:46 AM.
^ Oh, I love Plushy's "Sex Bomb." It's a hoot! I must say that I thought his "Baby Sex Bomb" was ridiculous (there was a discussion about that one quite a while ago on this board.
This is not exhibition perse, rather TV entertainment. But you will definitely feel your heart beating with those guys while watching it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPhKE9IF8wk Scott Hamilton & Kurt Browning Upside Down&Move It.