Plushenko to Skate Romeo and Juliet Program
Plushenko to Skate Romeo and Juliet Program
The seven-time European champion, 29, is in Italy working with Japanese choreographer and former skater Kenji Miyamoto on the program, Mishin said.
“I suggested to Zhenya [Plushenko] to work with Japanese choreographer Kenji Miyamoto, he’s making him a free program to the music of Romeo and Juliet,” Mishin said.
“It’s working out very well. I’m very satisfied with Zhenya’s mood and working condition.”
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Which R+J will he use? Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Rota, or the R+J soundtrack?
ETA- Nevermind. He's using Rota.
Last edited by blue dog; 06-22-2012 at 05:21 PM.
I am really looking forward to this program just for the comparison. For the simple reason Hanyu did an amazing Romeo and Juliet this last season which I thought set a really high bar for ambition, for the range of emotion it encompasses. Wasn't it choreographed from a Russian couple? (Sorry can't remember the choreographers name.) Romeo and Juliet is of course the ultimate love story in the English Language by William Shakespeare, and the sound track he has performed to was also written by the English film composer Craig Armstrong.
And now, his hero Plushy is doing another version of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by a Japanese based on the original classic film version. The credits basically swapped nationality. Talk about art cross all boarders and the ultimate cultural exchange. Nino Rota is probably the greatest old school Italian film composer of all time, and of course Romeo and Juliet is set in Italy. It should be really interesting to see what they can come up with. I am ready to be dashed by Plushy! Though Hanyu has set the bar high, theoretically Plushy can show him how it should be done? Or will he not able to meet the 'standard'.
I am looking forward to see the battle of the Romeos... who will be better?
Last edited by os168; 06-22-2012 at 05:53 PM.
Guess I'm skeptical! Having a beautiful piece of music won't make up for a lack of grace and fluidity on the ice.
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Great pic, thanks for posting it! I dont know if I m most thrilled for Camerlego's sp or Miyamoto's Lp Anything new is exciting anyway!
Last edited by Tonichelle; 06-22-2012 at 08:20 PM.
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I hope Plushenko is not portraying Romeo. A 29-30 year old Romeo romancing and marrying 14 year old Juliet in secret is worse than unpalatable to me.
Normally I'd agree with you, SF, but this is the magic of theater: if it's done right, the age melts away. i know that the Zeffirelli movie (the one with the Rota music) cast young teenagers in the leads to match Shakespeare's original intent, but two of the best performances of this pair were Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in the ballet (with Prokofiev's music), and (I finally got to see this!) the old MGM movie with a thirty-year-old Norma Shearer and a forty-year-old Leslie Howard. (In the ballet, Fonteyn, older than Nureyev by quite a bit, was at least in her forties.) There's a magic realm in which these portrayals work perfectly, and it's especially effective in less literal performing arts, such as opera, ballet, and skating. So I'd give him a look before worrying about Juliet's age, unless Plushy actually skates with a fourteen-year-old partner. Besides, he might decide to portray, say, Mercutio or Tybalt. (By the way, the Mercutio in the MGM movie was an aging but amazing John Barrymore. It's worth a look!)
Last edited by Olympia; 06-22-2012 at 09:09 PM.
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Plushy tends not to "portray" anyone when he skates, usually it just jumps and a little posturing, but Romeo (and Juliet) is danced by 30+ year old ballet dancers to great effect every day.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
Stravinsky did not compose Romeo and Juliet. I think you mean Prokofiev who had a Romeo and Juliet ballet.
Originally Posted by blue dog
The Zamboni Rocks!!!
Is there really no other music to skate too???
Simply the best.
What wonderful photos! Thanks. They definitely give me a "you are there" feeling.
Originally Posted by let`s talk
Liza looks wonderful, as if she's strengthening and gaining authority over her skating. And the photos of Plushy remind me of how happy I am that he's continuing to contribute to skating. We've debated over his age in regard to portraying Romeo, but another aspect of his maturity and experience is that he skates as a man, not as a boy, and his presence adds scope, diversity, and range to the skating that we fans get to see. We need both the Hanyus and the Plushenkos in skating, and inevitably there will be more of the former (fiery young skaters) than the latter, whose ranks are thinned by injury, age, and just the desire to move on.
Last edited by Olympia; 06-26-2012 at 11:47 AM.