I wrote about Swan Lake free dance from previous competitions and even compared it with Don Quijote (somebody noted it is similar):
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...ee-Dance/page4 post number 59 and 60 at the end of the page
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...ht=#post818836 post number 18
I don’t know if you have a possibility to watch video of their Olympic Individual free dance.
If you are a ballet lover – you certainly noticed that both Lena and Nikita have their heads too forward (which is not even a dance position and very far to a ballet position), no balletic Lena’s arms and fingers, a fist during movements, not extended free leg. All Lena, Nikita and Morozov say that it is not a ballet, but they use Swan costume, a ballet music and make some Swan/ballet movements.
Interpretation / Timing:
The personal and creative translation of the rhythm and/or character and content of the music to movement on ice.
•Effortless and correct movement in time to the music (timing)
•Expression of the music’s rhythm, character, content and style
•Use of finesse1 to reflect the nuances of the music
•Relationship between the partners reflecting the character and content of the music
•Appropriateness of the music
•Skating primarily to the rhythmic beat for Short Dance and keeping a good balance between skating to the beat and melody in the Free Dance
1Finesse is the Skaters’ refined, artful manipulation of nuances. Nuances are the personal artistic ways of bringing variations to the intensity, tempo, and dynamics of the music made by the composer and/or musicians.
The highest mark for timing without 100% keeping the rhythm is under 7 points. Whole Waltz part is out of the rhythm.
Expression of the character …which character – a Swan or woman…Rothbart or man?
Expression of music … final music part is more dynamic then first music part, but Lena and Nikita’s moves are more dynamic in first part of program. While a music gradates in last minute and half, their movements are less dynamic and less powerful then at the beginning and also the speed is the same or slower then at the beginning. Slow romantic part in the middle of program is OK, only too much looks to judges side.
Expression of style – ballet or not ballet style? Lena and Nikita‘s ballet style is not balletic. If I called their style a free style, then it is good. A dance style is not good – all dance couples should have extended free leg and finished arm movements (one of first things which are all young dancers learning, especially in Russia) and keep dance close holds and skate close to each other.
Nuances as the personal artistic ways of bringing variations to the intensity, tempo, and dynamics of the music…especially during last dramatic and dynamic music part - a music is above them.
Relationship between the partners reflecting the character…relationship is great between those two but what is reflecting? Odylie? But Odylie was not in love, she only played her game with Prince. A woman who is in love? To who – Nikita or judges? Woman in love who is doing Swan moves wearing Swan costume and make-up? And finally dies in Swan/ballet position? And Nikita is a man in love, so why those arm movements which reminds of a bird or evil? Why he tries to be demonic? Man in love is not demonic. Demonic like Rothbart? But Rothbart couldn’t fall in love with his daughter.
Reflecting content of the music…the same problems like in case of expression of music.
Appropriateness of the music…I am not sure what to imagine under these words…how much choreography and skaters express the music suitably?
Keeping a good balance between skating to the beat and melody in the Free Dance…Lena and Nikita don’t do that especially in Waltz part.
In moment when other dances will be available on YouTube Channel, it will be a very interesting comparison mainly in presentation of top 7 couples. If you will watch them one after another you will notice that while six couples (even C&L) are able to skate faster or gradate and increase the intension and depth of expression throught the dance, I&K are the only ones who skate in almost same speed, and loose dynamics towards the end (the less dramatic movements are the more dramatic facial expression is)…simply they were the most careful and tired couple. I don’t blame them, they are young and they simply didn’t want to make a mistake, that is understable. But unfortunately Tchaikovski is a not a music about being careful, it is a big drama and kids were not able to express it…and judge’s marks should reflect it. And all those Nikita and Morozov’s interview about controlling emotions and not make a mistake…yes, you have to control yourself and concentrate well, but it shouldn’t take a part of presentation down. Tchaikovski…Swan Lake…it is a music and story about life and death, about love and hateness…about good and evil…all extremes. You can’t skate it carefully on 50% of dramatics and dynamics, you have to skate it like it would be the last dance in your life with putting everything what is inside of you to that program. All other six couples put everything on the ice and skated on 150% emotionally (and looking to Russian Forum people‘s reaction – there were even three couples who brought tears into people’s eyes because of how they skated and interpreted the music…V&M and P&B and B&S).
Probably I&K are too young for showing such emotions and skating, but once again look to judges…if they can’t notice the difference between careful skating and skating on 150%, what are component marks for?
This is my understanding of Timing/Interpretation mark.