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    Yuna's free program to Adios Nonino - Review

    I wanted to take a more in-depth look at this program's choreography. So I put together this video, in order to see the whole program as conceived, even though Yuna's performance was a bit rough and reserved. It combines her practice opening 3/3 and the rest of her actual program in competition.

    Video: https://vimeo.com/81298908

    My first impression overall was that the program definitely has more choreographic passages than last season's Les Miz, more sharp movements and transitions befitting a tango.

    I really liked the following sections in particular:

    • Movements right after the 3/3
    • Tango steps, turns after the 3Flip
    • Transition into the 3S/2T
    • Her poses right before step sequence
    • Ina Bauer into the 2A/2T/2L
    • The sharp arm movements after the 2A/2T/2L
    • Choreography between the solo 3S and the layback spin


    If she could add some energy to them with the sass she showed for her Bond Girl, Roxanne and Danse Macabre programs, these sections could really shine. The movement and steps in the raw I think are definitely tango, but to make it work she needs to add a bit of passion and her fierce diva attitude, which I think were missing at Golden Spin.

    Some areas that I think need a bit of work:

    The step sequence
    The choreographic sequence/spiral

    Both the step sequence and the choreographic sequence were a bit slow, and the choreographic spiral sequence didn't seem to go well with the music. Maybe she was tired and so the timing was off. The spiral's timing also seemed odd (it was during a silent pause in the music I think).

    As for the music cut, I like it up to the last 3Salchow and the layback. I thought it builds up well up to that point. After that, though, I'm not sure.

    I want to get people's opinions on what worked and what didn't. After watching the video, what areas of the program did you like and didn't like, and why? How would you improve it?

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    First off, congrats Yuna on winning Golden Spin! You can hold your head very high after a season debut like that, well done!

    As for the LP, I feel it was a bit disjointed, that I can't offer any critique other than re: thematic presentation. I didn't feel any message there. What is the message Yuna and David are after?

    I posted this in the Golden Spin thread and I think these thoughts best convey my feelings regarding Yuna's LP today:

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    As enthusiastic as I am about the SP, unfortunately I'm a bit worried that her LP might be too somber. Already lots of wistfulness and goodbye present in "Send in the Clowns", I guess I feel like the LP should have more fire -- more triumph. "This is who I am, a beautiful grown woman moving into the next phase of my life, leaving on my own terms. Thank you for supporting me over the years, we will always be with each other in our hearts."

    One of the things I admire about Yuna's beauty is the way she handles herself ... her humility, class, and grace. She can portray sexy without resorting to the base level that most other women try. Still, I left this LP feeling like there should be more seduction, more fire, more tango. I know it's not the typical tango and was written as an elegy, and that's why the program choice has me worried, but I do hope to see something more powerful. The trick could lie in proper emphasis throughout different parts of the program, I'm not sure. The thought I keep coming back to is -- goodbye, yes -- but triumph and celebration even more.

    For today, I did not sense that kind of thematic unity, and the performance felt a bit disjointed. I think this is even besides Yuna's fatigue issue and technical mistakes. I think there is a wandering, searching in progress with this program from a presentation point of view. Still, though Yuna's "Adios Nonino" is more raw than "Send in the Clowns" at this time, I think I can start to see a possible light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that in the next two months the program will be refined, the vision will become more clear, and Yuna will approach the program with confidence and conviction to perform at her very best level of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    First off, congrats Yuna on winning Golden Spin! You can hold your head very high after a season debut like that, well done!

    As for the LP, I feel it was a bit disjointed, that I can't offer any critique other than re: thematic presentation. I didn't feel any message there. What is the message Yuna and David are after?

    I posted this in the Golden Spin thread and I think these thoughts best convey my feelings regarding Yuna's LP today:
    Thanks for your thoughtful post. I see what you mean about the lack of thematic unity. Given what Yuna said about having had little time to "fully digest" the program she's probably still working on making it more cohesive. I think the parts are there for a great program, though, just in raw form.

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    Wow. Thank you so much for this HD video!

    This program is not like Tango de Roxanne or Dance Macabre. I know some fans were expecting this to be like those, but this is a different type of program. It's more Gershwin, but combined with more flair and seduction (think Gershwin + Bond).

    There are Bond-like seduction moments (1:30, 3:10) which Yuna can pull off like none other, but the middle sequence, starting from about 2 minute mark, climaxing into her Ina-Bauer + 2/2/2 (which should have been 2A/3T) then ending with her 3S, is where this program's theme lies. And it certainly is not Tango.

    I am falling in love with this program, because it is really about a final farewell -- a passionate good-bye but without tears -- and that is what this program is meant to portray, not some fierce or sexy tango.

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    Great seeing Yuna back. The jumps weren't 100% here, but I think they'll be rock solid by the time the Olympics roll around. I only watched the program once, but from a first impression I did feel the program itself was lacking in some ways... Her movements here were graceful and very even-paced, but Adios Nonino is dynamic music that calls for attack and pizzaz. I would have liked to see some varied choreographed steps or moments in between the jumps, and improved expression come her next competition. The spins I felt were also a bit weak, I don't really like the position she puts her free leg in the layback. Overall a big kudos though, really looking forward to seeing her at the Olympics!

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    I don't like it. When the music started I was thinking about Liza Tuk's Adios Nonino, and how much fire she had performing that SP her first senior GP season, and Yuna really does not have anything on Liza. After all this is a grossly overused piece of music and no one, not even Yuna can get away with a bland interpretation. Her short is very Yuna-esque, but this long program is not right for her. Asada's long program is much more rich and nuanced in comparison and I think it will show in PCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidont View Post
    I don't like it. When the music started I was thinking about Liza Tuk's Adios Nonino, and how much fire she had performing that SP her first senior GP season, and Yuna really does not have anything on Liza. After all this is a grossly overused piece of music and no one, not even Yuna can get away with a bland interpretation. Her short is very Yuna-esque, but this long program is not right for her. Asada's long program is much more rich and nuanced in comparison and I think it will show in PCS.
    Let's try not to bring Mao comparisons here. It's only downhill from that point...

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    Her movements here were graceful and very even-paced, but Adios Nonino is dynamic music that calls for attack and pizzaz. I would have liked to see some varied choreographed steps or moments in between the jumps, and improved expression come her next competition.
    This.

    Idk if it is too late for Yuna Kim to change her choreography, but when I watch the program I feel like she's skating to a different music than Adios Nonino. When the music is upbeat, she's gliding around and moving her arms forlornly, which makes me go "huh?". It also doesn't help that David Wilson's cut of the music jumps from feisty to sad to playful, which makes the program come off as disjointed instead of cohesive. I don't know what I'm supposed to be feeling when I watch her performance.

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    Movements need to be sharper. She needs to bring more fire and sass to this program. Rewatching Lu Chen's Adios Nonino may be a good idea. It's still the definitive version of this piece for ladies. With that said, I much prefer this program to Les Miz. Choreography is more varied and has interesting moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidont View Post
    I don't like it. When the music started I was thinking about Liza Tuk's Adios Nonino, and how much fire she had performing that SP her first senior GP season, and Yuna really does not have anything on Liza.
    I agree that this piece of music simply remind me of Liza's program that she used not just for one season. I do like the opening portion of the program which sounds somber and mature.

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    See this is the problem I'm having with the program. Why choose tango but try to downplay the tango? The reverse should be emphasized -- some sadness and goodbye yes -- but overall those emotions are overcome by triumph and hope. I don't think it's a good idea to emphasize goodbye so much anymore, that's what "Send in the Clowns" is for. By "Adios Nonino" the wistfulness and nostalgia have already been spent, now let's see Yuna off into womanhood and the rest of her life.

    A proper farewell should be two parts: 1) so sad to say goodbye, and then 2) good luck on your new journey

    I feel like "Send in the Clowns" should be goodbye: looking back at the past journey, all the times we had.
    I feel like "Adios Nonino" should be goodbye: here we are now and into the future.

    That's why I suggest not downplaying the tango, and allowing for more seduction. There should be fire and triumph. Whatever the program becomes, there should be some kind of message and theme that gives hope for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    See this is the problem I'm having with the program. Why choose tango but try to downplay the tango? The reverse should be emphasized -- some sadness and goodbye yes -- but overall those emotions are overcome by triumph and hope. I don't think it's a good idea to emphasize goodbye so much anymore, that's what "Send in the Clowns" is for. By "Adios Nonino" the wistfulness and nostalgia have already been spent, now let's see Yuna off into womanhood and the rest of her life.

    A proper farewell should be two parts: 1) so sad to say goodbye, and then 2) good luck on your new journey

    I feel like "Send in the Clowns" should be goodbye: looking back at the past journey, all the times we had.
    I feel like "Adios Nonino" should be goodbye: here we are now and into the future.

    That's why I suggest not downplaying the tango, and allowing for more seduction. There should be fire and triumph. Whatever the program becomes, there should be some kind of message and theme that gives hope for the future.
    Good points. It should definitely be more focused on the positive side. Her facial expressions during the program were frequently pained or sad. But then she punctuates it with a few smiles and playfulness. I think I get what they're going for but it does feel odd to switch like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krislite View Post
    Good points. It should definitely be more focused on the positive side. Her facial expressions during the program were frequently pained or sad. But then she punctuates it with a few smiles and playfulness. I think I get what they're going for but it does feel odd to switch like that.
    Can I just say...I'm so DONE with the 'fire and pizzaz' and OLE! kind of tangos? She already did that once in her career with Roxanne, and I think we can agree she doesn't need to do another tango like that to prove she can (especially after having shown us an encore of that Roxanne program, with even more polish and matured sensuality, at one of her ice shows). I find this LP interesting for a lot of reasons similar to why I found Gershwin interesting; it takes some viewing, it's not immediately easy and accessible like her Danse Macabre or Scheherazade, it's absolutely brimming with transitions and dynamism, and what's more it covers a range of emotions that are hard to find in one program (remember all the 'stages' in Gershwin that she went through?). That's probably why it feels disjointed, but I feel that with more polish, she could pull it off, that she could tell us a story with it.

    TL;DR version: I'm waiting for a larger event where she can show it to us with more polish.

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    Both of her programs this year are hurt by the step sequences. They just go on and on without enough purpose. Last year David Wilson was brilliant with the construction of the step sequence to the music in the LP. The first 18 seconds of it was grand and fast-paced, but then there's a natural musical transition to a slower and softer piece, which allowed Yu-Na to slowly do required turns for the sequence while looking like she was solely interpreting the music. The sequence actually goes on for 40 seconds but almost the entire second half of it doesn't look like she's performing an element. It's extremely hard to make footwork, with all the ridiculous required rules, work that well choreographically and interpretively.

    Beyond that, I feel the choreography for ALL of the spins in the LP should be improved. My breakdown of her current spins, in their current program order, and how I would change them:

    FCCoSp4 - This is good until the weak half-upright twisted position she does. Not a good look, slows the spin down, and doesn't go with the music. She should instead do an upright crossleg position there. That's a feature she used in 2010 and for some reason her coaches haven't been utilizing it since then. It would work better. She should also take out her trademark upside-down camel position at the start of the spin here and replace it with a donut position, because the upside-down position needs to be used as a feature later in the program.

    LSp3 - There is no point in doing a Layback here. She isn't able to execute this move nearly as well as she used to and it doesn't go with the music. This is a lackluster piece of choreography and just throws .8 base value away technically. She should instead be doing a CCSp4: backwards camel entrance, change to upside-down position, change foot to upward catch-foot camel position, then change to an inside edge after a couple rotations.

    CCoSp4 - The change of edge on the Camel has to come out, since we already used it in her previous spin. That's a good change anyway because it slows this spin down, which is particularly distracting when considering how rapidly the music is moving at the end of the program. After the entry camel position she'll go down into a regular sit position, instead of the broken-leg position she's currently attempting right now; that position doesn't look great for her. Following the sit spin she'll pull up into a haircutter layback position. Afterward, change foot to back camel, as in the current spin, and then do a jump down into sit spin position. She needs this extra level feature here since we took out the change of edge at the start of the spin and a jump works great with music here anyway. She'll end the spin by pulling up into the upright I position, as she currently does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    Both of her programs this year are hurt by the step sequences. They just go on and on without enough purpose. Last year David Wilson was brilliant with the construction of the step sequence to the music in the LP. The first 18 seconds of it was grand and fast-paced, but then there's a natural musical transition to a slower and softer piece, which allowed Yu-Na to slowly do required turns for the sequence while looking like she was solely interpreting the music. The sequence actually goes on for 40 seconds but almost the entire second half of it doesn't look like she's performing an element. It's extremely hard to make footwork, with all the ridiculous required rules, work that well choreographically and interpretively.

    Beyond that, I feel the choreography for ALL of the spins in the LP should be improved. My breakdown of her current spins, in their current program order, and how I would change them:

    FCCoSp4 - This is good until the weak half-upright twisted position she does. Not a good look, slows the spin down, and doesn't go with the music. She should instead do an upright crossleg position there. That's a feature she used in 2010 and for some reason her coaches haven't been utilizing it since then. It would work better. She should also take out her trademark upside-down camel position at the start of the spin here and replace it with a donut position, because the upside-down position needs to be used as a feature later in the program.

    LSp3 - There is no point in doing a Layback here. She isn't able to execute this move nearly as well as she used to and it doesn't go with the music. This is a lackluster piece of choreography and just throws .8 base value away technically. She should instead be doing a CCSp4: backwards camel entrance, change to upside-down position, change foot to upward catch-foot camel position, then change to an inside edge after a couple rotations.

    CCoSp4 - The change of edge on the Camel has to come out, since we already used it in her previous spin. That's a good change anyway because it slows this spin down, which is particularly distracting when considering how rapidly the music is moving at the end of the program. After the entry camel position she'll go down into a regular sit position, instead of the broken-leg position she's currently attempting right now; that position doesn't look great for her. Following the sit spin she'll pull up into a haircutter layback position. Change foot to back camel, as in the current spin, and then do a jump down into sit spin position. She needs an extra level feature here since we took out the change of edge at the start of the spin and a jump works great with music here anyway. She'll end the spin by pulling up into the upright I position, as she currently does.
    Interesting.

    Haven't seen Kim do a donut spin in a while. But she can't do Biellmans because her back, so I doubt she'll be showcasing that anytime soon. Her spins always make me sit on the edge of my seat (from nervousness). They've gotten a bit slower since her heyday (albeit faster/steadier since Worlds), but I can't seem to erase that bobbling camel spin in her sp at Worlds out of my head.

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