All of Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jBXD...layer_embedded
Someone like You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZtnM...layer_embedded
sooooooo good to see Yuna on ice again. To me, her movements / jumps look good as ever!!
Wow, not just "good as ever," much, much better! Thank you for the links! All of Me is somewhat unconventional for Yuna and I mean this in a good way. Wow. What a girl.
I can understand her jumps are not as sharp as before, but spins? skating skill? It seems like everything went out the window the moment she stopped competing. Other girls like Kimmie, Sasha, Sarah etc... who stopped competing for years can still spin. Her spin looks novice-level.
If she wants to come back, she will need to work on everything. At least her dress is flattering.
Yuna's programs are not designed to show off her TES skills but she certainly shows so much flair and artistry. She is special.
Speaking as someone who found Yuna's previous exhibition programs really empty and lackluster, this is a very pleasant surprise. Both programs actually contain a decent amount of intricate skating. There are enough moves and movements I don't see a lot from Yuna or anybody else to make each performance worth rewatching. So I'll just at the haters.
"All of Me": Cute idea that's well executed. Yuna certainly looks sharp and suave. However, I do feel like the hat hinders more than it helps, though not to a distracting degree.
"Someone Like You": I am not fond of people skating to this song (or doing anything with the song, really). But I actually really liked this program. The choreography is brilliantly put together, and Yuna realizes it perfectly. My favorite moment is the spiral and the subsequent series of steps. Lovely and unusual. If the proposal to turn the choreographic spiral sequence into a spiral/step sequence hybrid, maybe we'll see something like this.
All of Me! Very cool.
You know how on opening day of a play the audience shouts "author, author!" at the end until the playwright comes out and takes a bow? Do they ever do that at skating shows for the choreographer?
Someone like you. The program was OK, but I agree with Serious Business about the song. How many teenaged "woe is me I'm no good I guess I might as well kill myself" songs do we really need?
Last edited by Mathman; 05-04-2012 at 06:24 PM.
Wow that was quick with the upload of the videos. Loved both of YuNa's programs. I am so happy to see her
skating again. To my eyes she skated beautifully.
Adele said afterward that breaking up with her boyfriend was the best thing that ever happened to her, careerwise. Every song on her blockbuster ablum ("21") is about it.
Coolest break-up song: Carly Simon's "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you."
Of course, if you are talking about when I was a teenager, you'd have to go back to "It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to)." (To show how the younger generation has gone to the dogs, if this song came out now the subtitle would be ""and I'll cry if I wanna." )
Anyways, I like these new ones better than her more recent galas like Fever.
I absolutely love All of Me. It is very different from her other galas in a good way. And very nice and interesting steps and movements. Feels a bit like Kurt-ish to me. Unlike Fever which I didn't really care for, this one seems very rich and full without jumps. Love it.
As for Someone Like You, I'm not a fan of the music so I didn't have high expectation to begin with. At first it was about okay to me, but the more I watch it, the more it grows on me. It's quite beautiful. I wish she does another show in the US again!
Good fancam angles...
1. All of Me
2. Someone Like You
Best fancam of "Someone Like You": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOscm...layer_embedded
The audience is better at filming that the TV crew.
Last edited by Krislite; 05-05-2012 at 12:44 AM.
Many (300+) pictures from Day 1:
Some notes on Day 1:
- During skaters’ introduction each skater was escorted by a fan, and some escorting fans were doing three jumps, single jumps, spirals or (waist-level) lifts with their partners.
- Again DW and the skaters did a great job with opening and finale. I really liked the Avatar Mix opening.
- Carolina’s Hallelujah costume was amazing under gala lighting. Great skating and speed.
- S/P gave two solid performances, drew a lot of cheer for Scream.
- Both V/T programs were well received. I liked Bring Me To Life.
- Alissa was so pretty with her ever-present smile. Audience responded well to her I Like The Way You Move.
- Stephane changed the program order and did My Body Is A Cage in the first half. I liked Regoletto more. Standing O.
- Haejin did very well. Promising.
- Chan was great. I liked both programs, especially the Elegie. It seems he’s adding more emotional depth to his skating. Superb.
- Minjeong has grown a lot. Nice program.
- S/Z never disappoint. Classy champion couple. I liked they chose another beautiful Chinese song. Standing O for I’ll Be There.
- For young Jinseo it was a difficult spot to skate following Chan’s Elegie and Kostner’s Hallelujah, but he held his own with a K-Pop dance number and the audience loved it.
- Evan’s lengthy frame is rare visual attraction. Underrated as a performer I think. Big ovation for Roxanne’s Tango.
- Biggest surprise of the night was the acrobats Besedin/Polishchuk. Their Swan Lake was so entertaining. Standing O.
- Yu-Na’s All Of Me was a smash hit. Superb choreography and skating to match. It was visible she was using a lot of caution not to lose or drop the hat during spins, windmill and steps. But with the way she completed every choreographic move and seamlessly connected to the next move, it was not distracting. What she did with the hat during the ina bauer and the final FSSp was clever.
- Liked her Adele too. Reminiscent of her Thais’ Meditation. Adele songs in its original versions I think are tricky as skating music. They typically don’t have enough spacing between bars and refrains for emotional buildup in a skating program. And while her singing is terse, they have some intricate voice passages which can’t be easily displayed by motion performance. I think DW and Yu-Na did a great job.