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    Ice Dance & Carmen

    With the confirmation today that V/M are skating to Carmen it got me thinking - are there any memorable (as in you didn't just youtube it to see how many you could find) Dance programs to Carmen? I can't think of one

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    B/B, OGM in 1988

    K/O, OSM in 1998 (my favourite Carmen ice dance)

    N/K, OGM in 2006

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    For my money, every skating program should be to Carmen. Why fool around with anything less?

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    'Cause you can do so much more.

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    I always worry when I hear that someone is skating to Carmen, but when you think about it, there's a whole heap of music in this opera that goes untouched in most programs, so the possibilities are there for something fresh and new from the opera. Just as long as they stay away from the Habanera and the Toreador Song!

    Would I rather they had chosen something else? You bet. But I love V/M so much that I'm confident they'll come through.

    One of the drawbacks of Carmen is that the characters in the opera are actually not very sympathetic. You can't really do love team stuff with this music unless you make new characters. Katarina Witt could carry it off, and Angelika Krylova could. (Angelika Krylova could play Lady Macbeth and make you believe it.) In the opera, she destroys him, and he kills her. Are we going to end up yet again with someone sprawled on the ice....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Are we going to end up yet again with someone sprawled on the ice....
    It'd be quite a departure for V/M if they do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I always worry when I hear that someone is skating to Carmen, but when you think about it, there's a whole heap of music in this opera that goes untouched in most programs, so the possibilities are there for something fresh and new from the opera. Just as long as they stay away from the Habanera and the Toreador Song!
    Dube/Davison tried in the 08/09 season (also, it's funny that the announcer says they're unfamiliar with 7th place. They were 7th in 2006 and 2007. And 2010).

    In this case, Tessa mentioned they were drawn to the power and passion of Carmen, so I doubt we'll see anything but the most recognizable bits.

    Would I rather they had chosen something else? You bet. But I love V/M so much that I'm confident they'll come through.
    Me too. What did you imagine them skating to?

    One of the drawbacks of Carmen is that the characters in the opera are actually not very sympathetic. You can't really do love team stuff with this music unless you make new characters. Katarina Witt could carry it off, and Angelika Krylova could. (Angelika Krylova could play Lady Macbeth and make you believe it.) In the opera, she destroys him, and he kills her. Are we going to end up yet again with someone sprawled on the ice....
    I love it when figure skating tries for more emotionally contentious terrain (Jeff Buttle's Nagoyqaatsi, for example.) I'd love to see them go for something uber-dramatic (why I was hoping for Masquerade Waltz if they went from a dramatic warhorse).

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