This season? I see two potentially great programs: D/W's Giselle SD and V/M's Carmen LP. Both of them are, given their past history, probably ongoing works in progress, so it's really too soon to tell. And the Carmen program is hampered by the same thing I thought the Pima program was hampered by: they impose a smattering of modern dance moves as signifiers (Look Ma! See how innovative we are!), rather then an organic melding of ice skating/dancing and modern dance. But as has been pointed out in the past, that may be due to the rules, which are in some ways rather conservative.
But I do think both D/W's Bollywood and V/M's Mahler will be talked about in 20 years.
I think there were more memorable programs in the previous Olympic cycle, certainly in the singles disciplines. In pairs I mainly find S/S memorable, so that's a wash, and most of my favorite dance programs were from the Olympic season, so I'll give the dancers another year to get it right.
I wonder if in the long run the Kerrs might be considered more memorable than some of the teams that outscored them; they had some distinctive programs and their own style, and I think that's something that stays with people over time.
Well, it does matter what you personally remember....I would call T&D's program a 70 year memory program (As long as you live!) (No DF, is not at that level, and we haven't had any for a while.) At my age, 20 years is nothing. 20 years ago was the early 1990's-and the Duchesnay's Missing program and Klimova & Ponomarenko's Air...and Engi & Toth's Miss Piggy exhibition. For me, Boitano's Napoleon and Les Patineurs are up there with Bolero & Paso Doble.)
Heck you can still get people heated up enough to fight about the Brian's programs and Nancy vs Oksana. But I already find Nancy & Oksana's programs slipping away from me. I can remember what Oksana skated to, but when I see someone else skating to the The Swan, I don't think that was Oksana's music, and I sure don't think of her whenever someone skates to show tunes. When I turn to youtube, I don't think to type them in and look at them.
The Kerrs definitely had some memorable stuff, but not in this quad (which was the original question), because they retired in 2011. I've got to say, I already don't remember what they skated to that year, especially because they were not able to skate at Worlds due to injury, and that was the first year of the quad. Likewise I&K's memorable program to Schindler's List was in 2009-2010...hence in the last quad.
So we're saying for 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 was there anything memorable as a program for you. And I've got to say, not much. Certainly not much in singles for me...maybe Fernandez's & Leonova's Pirates and Dai's Souls & Blues for Klook and Jason Brown's LP in 2011 (notice that none of these skaters won their respective worlds).
Usually what sticks in my mind are the OSPs/ODs. In the last quad, there were a lot of very memorable ODs, and the Kerrs Erin Shore was definitely one of them, as was D&W's Bollywood and Delobel & Schoenfelder's Breton Dance, and perhaps V&M's Farrucas. I think the folk dance theme brought out a lot of interesting dances, and I thoroughly enjoyed those 2 seasons of ODs. I love seeing types of dances that I haven't seen done on skates translated to the ice However, this is the first year that the SD's have brought anything much to the table in the way of striking programs. Who can remember any of the 2010-2011 waltz SD's, and the Latin SD's from last season weren't very memorable either. Part of that is due to the fact that we've seen lots of waltzes over the years, and lots of Latin on Ice; they all run together.
I definitely don't think a program has to be a winning program to be memorable; Toller Cranston never won Worlds.
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I'm a bit surprised no one else has chimed in with Hanyu's Romeo & Juliet LP from last season. I admit I haven't been around for 20+ years, but I can't count how many times I rewatched his world's FS performance over the summer. There's just something about it that I can't exactly pinpoint, and its impact on me is what pushed me into my current level of figure skating interest. While I really liked a lot of other programs from last season (W/P's FD, Blues for Klook, Jeremy Abbott's SP) this is the one I can see myself remembering long into the future.
V&M's Mahler was a memorable program from the last quad...but it was this quad that the OP asked about.
Exogenesis Symphony #3 (Abbott's LP from last year) will be a 20 year program for me, especially his performance from Nationals. He had the derring do to skate to music created in the last decade and it was just amazing. His transitions in and out of his elements were seemless and flowed with the music as opposed to being transitions for transitions' sake and his ChStSeq just totally nailed the mood and phrasing of the music in my opinion. Even though I am a(n) (adult) lady skater, I hold this program up as a gold standard of artistic relevance for IJS-constructed programs.
Blues for Klook. It immediately came to mind when I saw this question. No other program in this quadrennium has been, to me, so memorable and such a signature piece for the skater. Pina comes close, though. And Exogenesis. D/W's Die Fledermaus. Abbott's Sing Sing Sing SP was really great too.
Other distinctive programs I'll remember from this quad (though not sure if they'll stand the 20-year test): Mao's Liebestraum, Akiko's Fiddler on the Roof, Alissa's Winter LP, S/S's Pink Panther, V/M's Latin SD, Takahashi's 2011 Latin SD, Weaver/Poje's Je Suis Malade, Yankowskas/Coughlin's Ave Maria.
For me it's too soon to decide which of this season's programs will make the list.
Maybe Mao can make her Swan Lake LP the one remembered as her rebirth thenOriginally Posted by FSGMT
I think that is memorable,what is perfect. Perfect performance.