Right Doris. And even I was wondering what in the heck was Liang thinking to complete this choreo. If I am not mistaken Kwan's choreo to Scheherezade was also by Kawahara. Kwan did her dumbed down thing, like the year before when even Dean would not take any ownership of her program that he supposedly crafted. Nope, he knew she ignored every nuance, every phrase. She skated this program to Rodrigo music. Same set up, same choreo, same everything. I was glad Dean said 'NOOOOO this isn't my choreography!!'
Mandarin was not a masterpiece. Watch it, it's all the same.
^ You're reading the wrong Bible!
I think the choreographer is going to be Lori!
OMG, these Kwan attacks are making angels lose wings. There were always nuances that separated all of the programs. Maybe the structures and elements were often similar but she still utilized them in different ways and did more artistically than anyone else. All while being a very technically sound and consistent competitor and performer.
Mandarin was a GREAT piece for her. It could have been even better, but I still love what she was attempting. It would have been amazing if she brought it back in 2005:
only two angels lost their wings... I'm not too worried
I know...I saw it...great minds think alike, I guess
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdM6yxjYli0 Is this the Dean version? It is not all that much different from later versions, which by Worlds had to be changed to comply with the new judging system. Michelle was also injured during the 2005 season--read Artunian's interview, posted here recently. So some of the changes were no doubt due to what Michelle could or couldn't do at the time. If being injured is being "dumb," I guess you can call it "dumbing down."
And no one said that "Mandarin" (choreographed by Oppegard) was a masterpiece. It was said that it had the potential to be a masterpiece.
Michelle did many unique programs in her long career--look at Lamento D'Ariane or Song of the Black Swan. Her Scheherazade was also quite different from earlier programs and was hardly "dumbed down." And in her later long programs, which are the ones most cited as being "the same," she made up for the less intricate content with passion and excitement--see Tosca at Nationals, for example. And her short programs can't be ignored, either. Spartacus, her last, was very different from earlier short programs. At World's, she had to change it, to make it COP compliant, which was unfortunate. The Feeling Begins was also a unique program for Michelle.
If you want to talk about all programs being "the same," let's talk about programs under IJS. Even Yu Na's programs are not all that different, one to the next.
Shoutout to Jenaj for also correctly interpreting my post :D
FWIW - Kurt Browning got frustrated on air with Evan Lysacek's changes to Kurt's choreography of an SP he did for him just a few years after that, so it's not just a Kwan thing. I'm sure all skaters do it to some extent.