Gordeeva & Grinkov did Carmen for their 1988 SP at the Olympics (March of the Toreadors) Pairs
By and large, I could take B/B's rather avant-garde approach only in small doses, but like Rahkamo/Kokko, they added individuality and innovation to ice dancing (along with purity of technique), and I was very glad they were around. I'm more a romantic (in the sense of the Romantic era of music) by nature, but I also value diversity. I also liked that Natalia wasn't candy-floss pretty--she had such an individual look, glamorous in its own uncompromising way.
Thanks for linking to the full-length Carmen, Doris. That was a terrific use of ice skating, a program I just loved. I had no cable at the time, and someone had to tape it for me (on videocassette!). It was a grand enterprise by Sandra Bezic and the three leads, Katarina and the two Brians. Would that more productions like that were possible. Just think: the budget for a single episode of the Kardashians' reality show....
Last edited by Olympia; 09-07-2012 at 05:25 PM.
We should stick to dance because then we have to add I think Peterenko and Cohen and Nagasu - oh but you said favourite.
Bestimianova was the real carmen in 1988. I have no idea what Debi Thomas was doing with the music other than it was powerful. Witt never had the depth or the power to play the real operatic Carmen. And then there was Mirai - she made Debi Thomas look like a real thespian. Mirai's Carmen was outright a crime - she smiled with that fake Miss America smile throughout the routine. She really did not understand who Carmen was and did not have the presence to carry off such a huge character. I will be curious to see what Tessa does - she will have to gain some presence to match Krylova, Navka or Bestimianiova or she will be a watered down version like Witt or worse just skating to music.
I don't think Mirai was trying to portray the character Carmen. I think she was just skating to the music.