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Thread: Kurt Browning, Evgeni Plushenko on similar paths (article)

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    Kurt's comments about the Joubert thing (from 2009):
    Q: In the last few years, you seemed poised to take over the choreography world, choreographing for skaters like Evan Lysacek, Carolina Kostner, and Alissa Czisny. In particular, previous interviews made it sound like you were going to work with Brian Joubert through the 2010 Olympics. Why did you back off of it this year, and what happened with Joubert?

    I had to put choreography for other people on the back burner, as they say. It was taking so much of my time and I was not doing my own training. I also could not follow up enough for the athletes. It was not fair to them and not good for my skating either. I was having knee trouble and not taking care of myself...not good. It had to go.

    Joubert... well he was to come and work with me, but I had jury duty so I could not promise I would be available when he wanted to work so he went elsewhere. He was to join up with me later to do the short, but he neither showed up or called or emailed. I waited for some sort of word until I finally called out to him, but heard nothing for at least a week, so I emailed again and got the email back saying that work had gone so smoothly with his new choreographer that they just worked on a new short together as well. This is all fine, and it is his career, and I was telling him he needed to expand how many choreographers he was working with and not use just me, and so I would have been fine with all that, except he made it clear he was coming back for the short and I was clearing my schedule for the expected visit. How can a skater just get a solo done by another person and not even call to let me know I have no idea.

    from http://www.kurtfiles.com/articles/ar...d=765&cat=KURT
    As for Plushenko, evidently Plushenko & his people were extremely interested in getting Kurt to choreograph for him, but Kurt thought about it and realized he was much too busy to fly out to Italy or Spain for a week, and definitely too busy for a continuing relationship, tweaking and refining a competitive program, so he said no. This was in early 2011. Since then, Kurt's decided not to choreograph competitive programs at all, full stop, and has been turning down all requests. Jeremy Abbott even said in a recent icenetwork article:

    His respect for Browning is so great, it moved him to ask the four-time Canadian world champion to choreograph his new short. "He told me flat out he doesn't do competitive programs anymore," Abbott said. "I had picked a piece of music I knew he loved and said, 'If I do this, I would only want you to [choreograph] it.' He said, 'I love your skating and I love you as a performer, but I said no to everyone who asked me and it wouldn't be right to say yes now.' So if he couldn't do it, I didn't want to do [the music]."

    from http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    So yeah, no competitive choreography from Kurt for anyone.

    As for the original Twitter "controversy", all I have to say about that is that people overreact like crazy and bring their own biases to interpreting a mere 140 characters. Kurt singled out Buttle and Plushenko to praise, and was blown away by Plushenko's jumping, and instead of taking it for the compliment that it was that he'd be moved to comment at all on Twitter about it, people got all upset that he only mentioned Plushenko's jumping. Poor Kurt. BTW, with the exception of poor Patrick, Kurt thought all the men at the Japan Open were "out of their minds good".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I love the idea of a Browning exhibition program for Plushy. Can you imagine the footwork?
    Oh, no! If it's the similar crappy EX that he made fo Hanyu, please no for Plush!
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    people got all upset that he only mentioned Plushenko's jumping.
    It's not chronologically true. People who replied first were haters, who were not upset at all that he only mentioned Plu's jumping. They were quite happy and cheered for Kurt's twit as mocking Plu. Then Plu fans had to reply. Naturaly after Kurt's explanation a good deal of haters deleted their stuff cowardly, but not all. The only thing that doesn't look good is that Kurt in his reply didn't address Plu haters whom he originally provoked to write malicious things about Plu with his twit. He addressed only Plu fans, as if they were first, the ones and the only who misinterpreted his words. Such attitude looks petty to me.

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    Thanks, Teenes! Knew you'd have the scoop!

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    Thanks, Teenes.

    Of course I'm sorry to hear that Kurt is not choreographing competitive programs at this point, but I can certainly understand why, because he's still so active himself, and he needs to pay full attention to that.

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    Haven't read the thread Olympia, and I expect Kurt will mainly make his dough by doing some choreo but he is quite well off as a major pro of every 90's comp. Big bucks then and he was in his prime as a pro-he won a lot-even ver Brian at times, or came second. I am not clear how CoP saavy he is just yet? I think the top skaters want programs by jeff Buttle because he really knows CoP, still has the tech goods and can really do all he choreographs, the nuances. I think Wilson, Bezic and now Buttle are the indemand choreographers with Bezic actually not doing CoP programs-or am I wrong? Also Kurt is a performer first and forever and he still gets invited to every show. His skills are all footwork now, but he is beloved around the world. Scott would likely still be asked if he were still skating at all.

    When he hangs up his skates, I think he will become a serious and top choreographer. I hope he works with Orser, David Wilson and Tracy. The Cricket club would be the best in the world for singles skaters.

    I disagree Let's talk that his Hanyu peice was a piece of crap as you so eloquently feel. But that's skating...one man's master piece makes another cringe. Hanyu has to learn to be more controllled and he is not maybe up to Browning footwork. I remember young talented Tara really struggling with a piece Kurt did for her. Her fast feet were definitely challenged.

    When Kurt is at a place where he learns the system, I expect some very good if not excellent programs for the young males who dominate.

    ETA to ad a direct question of Canadian fans, what is Bezic doing-just commentary at this stage orCBC Blades on Ice type stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post

    When Kurt is at a place where he learns the system, I expect some very good if not excellent programs for the young males who dominate.
    Actually the programs he HAS done for CoP have been very well received.

    While he doesn't have as many options as a pro skater he's still doing very well for himself. he's not just living off what his wife rakes in. He's still a celebrity and he travels and does shows in Japan, etc... his knees might be giving up on him, but skating isn't!

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    Using the same tweet to praise to Buttle as perfect all around skater and it was not clear he was even praising Plushenko just that he was just jumps compared to Buttle being an all arounder- even with the thumbs up sign or picture that I could not see it was just difficult and probably not the best thing to read praise of Plushenko.

    Jeffrey Buttle, @J_Butt, taught everyone at the event the perfect combination of technical & magical skating. @EvgeniPlushenko is jumping ��
    I just saw a box!! It was the combination of thoughts that mirrored exactly the Lysacek Plushenko debate of 2010! It was an accident that totally was perfectly 2010 all over just with Buttle instead of Lysacek.

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    Mountain -- molehill.

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    Agreed, Math.

    There's also the possibility that Kurt meant the term "jumping" as a pun with a second meaning of "full of energy," as in "this joint is jumping."

    In any case, there's no reason that Kurt would feel the need to insult or belittle one of the greatest skaters of his generation. Kurt doesn't have to make either himself or Jeffrey Buttle look good at Plushenko's expense. There's room for all three of them in the skating pantheon. Moreover, neither Buttle nor Browning are rivals of Plushenko's. Plushy is the only one of the three with a competitive career at present. I doubt that Kurt or Jeffrey are jockeying for position on the world stage with Evgeny. They've already made their mark on skating history, and so has Plushenko.
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    Again, anyone know what Sandra bezic is up to these days re choreography?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Again, anyone know what Sandra bezic is up to these days re choreography?
    I haven't heard anything. A few years back she decided she wasn't going to choreograph anymore, she did relax that statement and I think she worked on a few exhibitions, but with her hate of the CoP I don't see her doing anything of a competitive program anytime soon. I could be wrong, though.

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    [QUOTE=skateluvr;666810] I disagree Let's talk that his Hanyu peice was a piece of crap as you so eloquently feel. But that's skating...one man's master piece makes another cringe. Hanyu has to learn to be more controllled and he is not maybe up to Browning footwork.


    About Hanyu new stripping EX, maybe the footwork it’s too difficult for him because he doesn’t even know how to stay on the blades, but it’s very shocking and not age appropriate how it builds the sexual objectification of a male teen skater .

    But at NHK, in his hometown rink, Yuzu will skate his EX to a japanese music, choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, dressed in a japanese traditional outfit… a clear thinking and a strong message from the kid!…

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    Quote Originally Posted by giulia95 View Post

    About Hanyu new stripping EX, maybe the footwork it’s too difficult for him because he doesn’t even know how to stay on the blades, but it’s very shocking and not age appropriate how it builds the sexual objectification of a male teen skater .

    But at NHK, in his hometown rink, Yuzu will skate his EX to a japanese music, choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, dressed in a japanese traditional outfit… a clear thinking and a strong message from the kid!…
    I'm sorry, maybe I haven't kept up...are you saying that Hanyu did an exhibition where he behaved like a stripper, and that Kurt choreographed that for him? Or did Kurt choreograph some other program? Either way, yipes! That kind of program doesn't sound appropriate to me, either, especially for a young skater, but really for anyone.

    An exhibition done in Japanese traditional clothing, to Japanese music sounds wonderful, though! I hope you'll call our attention to it if it's ever posted.

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    Hanyu takes off a jacket and still has a t-shirt underneath, on which he draws a heart. I'd hardly call that stripping, anymore than I'm Yours is a stripping number, and Kurt takes off three pieces of clothing in that. Kurt's big thing about Hanyu is that he thinks Hanyu is super talented, and needs to realize it, that he needs to skate with more confidence and really take command of the ice like a rock star, so the program is designed to encourage him to really go for it and act confident.

    Again, people read waaay more into everything Kurt says and does than is actually there.

    As an active CBC commentator, Kurt has learned a lot about CoP, but I don't think he loves everything about it, and may not enjoy choreographing for it, but the biggest reason he doesn't do competitive choreography is that he doesn't feel he has the time to really work on a continuing basis with skaters to really refine a competitive program, which isn't fair to the skater. He also doesn't want to be a fulltime choreographer for a living when he's done performing.

    Not to toot my own horn, but I actually talked in depth with Kurt about many of these topics here : http://absoluteskating.com/index.php...2kurtbrowning1

    As for Sandra Bezic, I think she mostly commentates now, and does very little choreography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenes View Post
    Hanyu takes off a jacket and still has a t-shirt underneath, on which he draws a heart.
    No, that's not true. He took off his t-shirt too and was in the A-shirt (vest or singlet if you are a Brit or Australian). Then on it he draw a heart. His t-shirt he threw into the crowd. Don't ask me what happened in the dance battle at THE ICE...

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