Another nice article, an interview with Jennifer Swan, the dancer who has been responsible for much of Tessa & Scott's choreography this year:
Virtue and Moir are hometown favourites (Mar 4 video)
CTV London: As the World Figure Skating Championships arrive, family and friends will be cheering the local champions. Brent Lale explains.
2:01 video from CTV London -- including a sentence or two from Moir, with Virtue at his side.
The family members seen and heard making comments are not identified, but I'm pretty sure that they are (not in order):
- Virtue's father
- Moir's father
- Moir's mother (unless I have her confused with Aunt Carol?)
- Moir's brother, I think? (if not, the guy still must be related to Scott; the resemblance is very strong)
I am in the U.S. and was able to view the video.
ETA: CTV tried to reach V/M choreographer Jennifer Swan via Twitter, but she does not appear in this story.
Last edited by ice coverage; 03-05-2013 at 09:45 PM.
Funny, I can't view this vid on Firefox, but probably will be able to on IE...this happens a lot with vids......don't know what the problem is with Firefox....switching now so I can see it.......thanks for posting
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Works OK with my Firefox ver. 19.0
Virtue says they're ready to rock the Bud
By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:23:00 EST PM
Ryan Pyette @RyanatLFPress also tweeted:
Scott Moir said coach Marina Zoueva can "bring the sparkle" out of him and Tessa Virtue. Never heard a hockey player say that.
9:21 AM - Mar 5, 2013
Pyette added in a subsequent tweet:
... I love Scott Moir. He's a quote machine.
4:15 PM - Mar 5, 2013
Last edited by dorispulaski; 03-08-2013 at 08:11 PM.
Many thanks, kelli and Doris.
On the same YouTube channel as the links above also is posted "Ice, Sweat and Tears," Part 3.
In the 2013 Worlds thread Imaginary Pogue posted the thought that we’re going to see aV/M balletic program in Olympic season. So I thought it might be fun to think of which ballets might be good fits.
Obviously, Giselle is out. I don't think any of the Petipa ones quite suit, so no Raymonda, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and yes, no Swan Lake (too obvious). And can you imagine Scott as Siegfried? Solor? Florimund? He is a better fit as Basilio, but I can't quite imagine Tessa as Kitri. Though I would pay big money for Scott to ham it up (a la Ethan Steifel) as Conrad from the pirate ballet Le Corsaire.
Something along the lines of Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev score) is more their style, I think. MacMillan choreography (I prefer it over Lavrovsky’s).
Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca, balcony pas de deux (Act 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXeTOhrkLsg
Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta, morning pas de deux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4_9PLsd2CU
Kenneth MacMillan’s 'Manon', music by Jules Massenet.
Royal Ballet 2011 trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wctQ7DZhhXc
Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes, bedroom pas de deux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQrybViwcLE
Frederick Ashton's 'Marguerite and Armand', music by Liszt.
Kristina Shapran and Sergei Polunin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ_23DeNdh0
Antony Tudor's 'The Leaves Are Fading, music by Dvorak'. Somebody *please* skate to this…
Leslie Browne and Robert Hill (ABT): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srTZxXVmsns
If they want to go 'Russian', 'Anna Karenina' and 'Onegin' have ballet adaptations. (Please look up a Russian ballet diva like Vishneva on YT. )
If they want a big, clap-along crowd pleaser, Ponchielli's 'Dance of the Hours' is a popular ballet within the opera 'La Gioconda'--if they don't mind competing against childhood’s Disney images of dancing alligators and hippopotamuses. :D
Letizia Giuliani and Angel Corella, Barcelona production (not safe for work): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aZcii9jwEw
I actually want them to do a program along the likes of William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’ (music by Thom Willems). But because their more modern/abstract programs like Pink Floyd and Carmen don’t fare as well compared to their more conventional Cherbourg and Mahler, they likely won’t go further down this route. They’ll probably play it safe next season.
Sylvie Guillem, Paris Opera Ballet (at 0:03): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLWDtbHNzxw
Sylvie Guillem and Laurent Hilaire, the fabulous final pas de deux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVWf-JDw8CQ
There are also contemporary ballets from Alexei Ratmansky, Stanton Welch and Christopher Wheeldon.
Ratmansky in rehearsal with Pacific Northwest Ballet for his work ‘Concerto DSCH’ (music: Shostakovich): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEtUn9Q-MhI
Wheeldon choreographed the Rachmaninov ballet ‘Sergei’ (Ilia Kulik) danced in the film Center Stage. Starts at about 1:38 for this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5nvARS2bus
Trailer for Stanton Welch’s poignant ‘Clear’ (music: Bach), Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFDEgU7ME4M
Clip for ‘Clear’, with ABT’s marvelous Herman Cornejo partnering Kazuko Omori in a pas de deux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Khha1NISM
They could get inspiration from Balanchine’s numerous plot-less, dance-driven ballets. I say ‘inspiration’, because the Balanchine Trust is notoriously protective of his choreography…
‘Jewels ‘ trailer, Bolshoi Ballet production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHOa0eJ0NY8
‘Jewels’ (‘ Emeralds’) excerpt, music by Faure, (NYCB) Merrill Ashley and Gerald Ebitz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=612BYyU1f5s
‘Jewels’ (‘Rubies’) excerpt, music by Stravinsky, Houston Ballet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZafvqN2cHIA I love the ‘chicken wing’ arms, such fun!
‘Jewels’ (‘Diamonds’) pas de deux, music by Tchaikovsky, (NYCB) Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WOwWjwm-QY Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin also did a wonderful interpretataion of this for the Bolshoi.
‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’, Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99tpTW-bxWk
‘Theme and Variations’, music by Tchaikovsky, (ABT) Gelsey Kirkland (sublime!) and Mikhail Baryshnikov (legendary!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgCareuuxK4
There are other ballets which might also be fitting for V/M, but who knows what programs they and Marina will come up with. It will be very interesting to find out.
I was wondering whether you'd mention Balanchine. He's not generally thought of when citing ballets to use for skating, not just because his Trust is stingy about allowing any of his choreography to be reproduced but because he often choreographed to music not originally written for ballet. But I'm so glad you included him on your list, especially "Jewels." I'm glad you mentioned the Tchaikovsky "Theme and Variations" from his Suite Number 3. Both the music and Balanchine's choreography are sublime. I believe that this program is unusual because he choreographed it not for his own ballet company but for the American Ballet. Baryshnikov was a member of that company (ETA: or a freelancer for it) when he danced this with Kirkland, just as he was getting ready to join Balanchine's NYC Ballet.
There are actually a lot of parts in Tchaikovsky's Suite besides the Theme and Variations that might lend themselves to a routine for V/M. That second movement waltz is gorgeous, set in a haunting minor key. But I do agree that the last movement has tremendous richness. Tessa and Scott could use its polonaise rhythm for part of their program and glide over the rhythm for other sections.
One other Balanchine work that I can think of is "Tzigane," set to the Ravel music. I saw it on TV once, and it's an amazing piece of music.
I've always loved Prokofiev's music for Romeo and Juliet. I wonder whether it could be fitted into an ice dance program, but wouldn't it be awesome if that were possible? People always cite Ravel's "Bolero" as the most passionate music ever, but to me it pales next to the balcony scene from Prokofiev's R & J.
Anissina and Peizerat's 1998 Olympic FD was to Prokofiev's R&J, but I can't remember if they used the balcony scene music. I thought they skated it superbly (and definitely full of drama), but I also think that V/M's style would fit the roles better.
Yes, Farrell and Martins danced "Tzigane," and it might have been televised on Dance in America. TV is where I saw it, but I don't remember the program.
Wouldn't you have liked to see The Turning Point with its originally planned cast, with Kirkland costarring with Baryshnikov, in addition to seeing the film as we know it today? If I recall, there was some reason based on emotion (either her individual mood or because of a tiff with Baryshnikov) that caused her to be replaced by the wonderful newcomer Leslie Browne, who was an assured and completely believable actress as well as a fine dancer. (I think Kirkland was considered the better dancer, but Browne was plenty good.) And she and Misha danced to the Balcony scene in that film in a beautiful, almost impressionistic love scene.
I can't remember what parts of R&J Annissina and Piezerat skated to in 1998, now that you mention it. They did a marvelous job, but the music bears another look for several reasons. One is that ice dancing has changed enough that the moves could now be completely different. Another reason is that Tessa and Scott would bring such a different interpretation to it. So I'm all for it!
The Turning Point ends with a long sequence of dance excerpts from great dancers of the time, including Richard Cragun and Marcia Haydee. No Suzanne Farrel, alas, but Baryshnikov takes a few turns on the stage.