Thank you! I get mixed up all the time for some reason I always think his "Sons of Italy" program is to R&J, probably because of his costume... my point still stands, and I don't understand why one immediately thinks of one of the WORST things a person could be/do as being what the theme of a program will be about.
Also in almost all of art and entertainment, Romeo was always portrayed by an older performer. That's just how it works. Romeo is only played by a 15 year old in high school productions. I'd much rather see old English actor Kenneth Branagh portray Romeo than, say, Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber.
I don't think the casting in a skating program has to be as stringent as it would be for a more direct adaptation of the source material. It can be, and usually is, more symbolic and impressionistic. Unless a character is specifically a competitive figure skater, skaters are not going to be able to tell a story literally. The audience fully knows a skater is a skater and is reminded of it every second of the skate. The most skaters can do, when portraying a fictional character, is to convey the general feeling of that character and her/his journey. And that's plenty good enough. For instance, the diminutive Keegan Messing is certainly never going to be cast as The Hulk in a movie, but he sure made a great one on ice!
That said, though, it certainly doesn't hurt if a skater has some visible attributes that line up with the character s/he is going for. Romeo's youth is an intrinsic part of his character and story. It's part of his passion, impulsiveness, immaturity, idiocy and powerlessness. Yuzuru's youth and some aspects of his performance temperament lines up pretty neatly with the character of Romeo, which made his Romeo + Juliet program a great fit. Plushenko obviously doesn't have the youth, but that's not an impassable hurdle. It's his skating style that makes this a questionable fit for me. Plushenko skates with an enormous amount of command. His skating exudes far more power and experience than the character of Romeo has. I get the sense that if Plushenko was in Romeo's place, he'd have gotten the feuding families to sit down, shut up, attend the wedding and buy every last ridiculous gift on the registry. I think a program where Plushenko plays a conquering hero would make more sense for him.
The one in 2005 (Cohen's own choreography, I believe) didn't have any charm to me.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 06-24-2012 at 12:19 AM.
Spelling it out vividly for Olympia:
Blue Dog's Romeo
At Romeo's time, a 51 years old grandpa was most probably decrepit and ready for the grave, unable to climb balconies and carry out sword fights.
Among the mature skaters, I think Stephane Lambiel would be the one to carry it off with his emotional range and youthful good looks.
How would you like a series of Japanese Romeos?
- Takeshi : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL1IdE1r_aY
- Daisuke : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhYRFVjRiQg
- Takahiko : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_bwp...eature=related
- Yuzuru : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ejA...eature=related
One can hardly make judgement on past centuries social morality anyway, it is a complete landmine. For example you think it is wrong for 30 years old marrying 14 years old in secret against parents wishes. Yet parents do frequently marrying off their unsuspecting 14 year off to some 30/40 years old guy against their young daughter's wishes to rich prominent family. Does that mean no one should skate to 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' or 'Butterfly Lovers' with a smile? ;p
I personally still think Plushy's Romeo can't be that far off from Patrick's Phantom in the convincing department, and that is given we already seen Patrick's performances for the 2 seasons. These two are 半斤八兩 in the artistry dept. (Translation: 'Halfa pound 8 ounces'. Chinese proverb for more or less the same )
Actually thanks for all the Romeo clips sent but I am curious given there had been so many Romeos in skating programs, how many Juliet has there ever been? Were there as many solo as men's Romeo?
Last edited by OS; 06-24-2012 at 06:52 AM.
- Juliet version @ 2005 Euro: Gorgeous opening 3Lz+3T!
-Romeo version @ 2006 Euro:
Another favorite of mine by Polina Agafonova @ 2010 Jr Worlds : Age appropriate, huh?
I love the way idioms from different languages are often parallel. In English we have a similar expression: six of one, half a dozen of the other.