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Thread: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    It's The Turning Point that kept me from going to see The Black Swan. I don't care how many months Natalie Portman trained (and I like Portman, mind you), the contrived photography (show just the head or just the legs; show a long shot) screams "fake, fake" to me. Once you've seen a real dancer walk, just walk across the room, you can't accept an actress who has been taught how to pretend. Browne's bones just bend differently, and it shows. If we ever get a skating movie made, I think our best bet will be to pick skaters who can act, not actors who are trained to skate a bit.
    I watched The Black Swan because I was really curious at how it would turn out (pun unintended, haha). The trailer had me quite intrigued—the intro with the bourre-ing feet, the dark stage and the white costume gave quite a thrill. Alas, quite disappointing film. Pedestrian dialogue. I was hoping for substantial lines and fleshed out characters, not the lazy scriptwriting, a laundry list of ballet clichés and cardboard cutouts for characters. The music was great—but then again, they were borrowing from Tchaikovsksy. In hindsight, if they had wanted to portray a dancer’s descent into madness in her quest for perfection, perhaps Giselle might be a better fit, what with the mad scene and all.

    I’ve never seen a ballerina dance in real life, but I have watched lots of videos online many times. I agree—once you’ve seen how a real dancer moves, you can’t ever go back. I can certainly understand why Sarah Lane was compelled to speak out about her role as dancing double. There is a clip of her rehearsing Swan Lake with Angel Corella--he invited her to dance Odette/Odile with his company, something that ABT has sadly not let her—and you could see the purity of her classical technique.

    Have you seen ‘The Red Shoes’? I much preferred it to ‘Black Swan’. Real ballerinas. Moira Shearer was great in the lead role. It looks dated of course, but the dancing is wonderful. I sort of wish someone would remake it—with real dancers, of course. Also, who needs ‘Black Swan’ if you’ve read Kirkland’s autobiography? Or are following the present-day drama at the Bolshoi after the acid attack on the A.D.?

    Well, figure skating did have Lynn Holly Johnson’s “Ice Castles”… Cheesy romance, but she could actually skate and was a decent actress.

    I am curious what sort of programs V/M and Marina will come up with. IIRC, Scott has indicated in a post-competition interview that they’re ‘not going back’..? Hopefully the programs will be for the ages.

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    I have seen The Red Shoes: a delectable film with a real dancer playing the main character, and a look at that postwar London ballet world that was so full of artistic flowering after the privations of war. Moira Shearer was made for technicolor, with that red hair, and she was both a good actress and a splendid dancer.

    I am so excited about what Marina will come up with. I hope it will lead to one of those moments that we all remember forever.

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    I too think (hope!) Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde. It would be terrible to have these two never have a R&J program. Although, it does seem kind of obvious and predictable. Marina has said that she's known for a while what they would use, so that could be why they haven't already done it. I could also see her giving them some beautiful but relatively unknown piece and just letting them tell their own story, without characters. That would probably be the best set-up for another OGM. No one does that like the two of them!

    In other news, since they declined to go to WTT (as did D/W), we've seen our last performance of Carmen. I'm going to miss it!

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    They often create an exhibition version of either the FD or SD for the summer shows. I'm hoping there will be an exhibition version of Carmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    They often create an exhibition version of either the FD or SD for the summer shows. I'm hoping there will be an exhibition version of Carmen.
    Would love to see some of the carmen program when i go to SOI.

    I always thought R&J would be great for them. I know its another well used piece but no one can beat their chemistry and emotion they bring.

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    Someone on tumblr put together a very professional-looking and detailed infographic summarizing the history of Virtue and Moir's free dances:

    Clicking on this version of the same thing will toggle back and forth between smaller and larger sizes:

    It's worth a look as an example of good design even if the basic list of FDs is familiar.
    The images are well-chosen to show great moments of V/M performing each FD -- and to represent their musical choices.
    (I like the fonts and the background colors too.)

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    Marc Durand just tweeted this video from SOI last year. There are some cute behind-the-scenes moments!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3MMl...ature=youtu.be

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    Thanx for posting that Kelli16. I never got a chance to see SOI last year, but that opening number was very enjoyable. I'm going this year. I hope they have something just a innovative. I love Kurt's group choreo....amazing. (It also helps that I'm a big fan of Adele as well )

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    You're welcome! I'm jealous that you're going to SOI! Have fun! I wish I was Canadian so I could go to more events! Hopefully everyone will post pics/ video. I'm saving the travel funds for Skate Canada or Cdn Nats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelli16 View Post
    Marc Durand just tweeted this video from SOI last year. There are some cute behind-the-scenes moments!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3MMl...ature=youtu.be

    Man, I am so in love with skating in general and Kurt Browning in particular.

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    V&M are using Carmen for CSOI and a Rihanna song. So excited to see them upclose doing Carmen which I believe ranks up there with the greats and with Mahler.

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    I think the Rhianna song is "Stay"? And I heard Jennifer Swan will be working with them on it?

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    SOI tweeted this yesterday - blog post by Tessa/ Scott http://www.starsonice.com/?content=blog&id=5011 (Did I mention how much I love Twitter?!) They're using Carmen and Stay (with Swan). I'm super excited about that one! Can't wait to see video.

    Also, Jean Marc Genereux has been tweeting about helping them work on a new program(s). Picture or it didn't happen! --> pic.twitter.com/8ooQZSoPUH
    I've been watching his choreo on SYTYCD for a while now, and I like him. He's always so enthusiastic. Here's a link to him talking about his choreo on SYTYCD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKjf1eAs99I

    And while we're on choreographers, Corky Ballas has been working with the Shibs. I just looove Corky! If anyone is interested he danced on DWTS as a pro with Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson (youtube!).

    As a dancer who also happens to love skating, I'm always so excited to see skaters working with awesome dance choreographers!

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    Video of Scott Moir and Kurt Browning playing catch with a football as they skate around with Cyril Lunney, a host of CTV Atlantic Morning (0:26 web extra):


    Photo from ‏@starsonice:
    @KurtBrowning, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir with Cyril from CTV Morning Live! pic.twitter.com/fPkp728gqe
    9:32 AM - 17 Apr 13
    https://twitter.com/starsonice/statu...61115789029376

    ETA: The show's blog refers to a segment tomorrow with Browning to promote CSOI. (Blog does not mention Virtue/Moir.)

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    Video of Virtue/Moir from CTV Atlantic Morning to promote CSOI (2:18 in length, Apr 18):

    Browning is seen, but not heard.
    Not clear whether this vid also is a web extra or whether it aired on Atlantic Morning broadcast???

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