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This is one of my favourite EX programs of his: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNH5GwqWKzU
I am so glad that he is still skating at shows, and his programs still leave me in awe.
I'm not sure if anyone has seen this...it's a half-hour tv documentary where Stephane visited Japan after the earthquake. In the first part of the show, he visits the skate shop and rink in Sendai (the famous rink where Yuzuru and Shizuka Arakawa trained...they are mentioned briefly, but not in the video). It must have been soon after the rink re-opened, and he gives a skating lesson to some children there. In the second part of the video he goes to visit a young speed-skater who lost her home and father in the quake. He seems so caring and sweet. The video is all in English, btw.
Stéphane Lambiel will be the special guest for at least one of the Russian Ice shows put on by Ilya Averbukh this month. Slutskaya,Lipnitskaya, B/S, Sotnikova, etc. will be there but Stéphane is listed as a special guest!!
Hi! I'm new at this forum, and Lambiel is my favorite male figure skater. Maybe Lambiel's technique it's not the best, but I just love the way he can performance everything, he's so expressive and it seems like he would never be angry for anything... I just love that about him... my favorite perfomance is this William Tell's oberture he looks so happy that his happiness is contagious
I love William Tell also. How inspired to have a Swiss skater use music that recounts the story of one of Switzerland's greatest heroes. A gorgeous program! And I agree with you about Lambiel. He is one of my forever favorites, along with Kurt Browning and Daisuke Takahashi.
Stephane singing chanson - a duet with Yann Lambiel (no relation)
Singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" at a fan meeting
I wasn't too fond of the dance track he did, but his voice isn't bad at all. A man of many talents!
So glad to see this thread here. One thing I LOVE about Stephane (besides a million other things about his skating that cannot be said enough) is that he takes such pride in being a skater and an artist. His passion and respect for the art of skating can be seen in every one of his programs. I think it's so admirable that almost all of his show numbers have just as much thoughtful choreography and complexity as his competitive programs, if not more. I love and respect that he takes every performance seriously, instead of just another chance to milk in the cash or goof off (not that there's anything wrong with that). He's a real artist with integrity.
My all time favorite programs from him throughout the years have been "Ne me quitte pas", "Poeta", and "Otono Porteno". The fist time that I saw Ne me quitte pas at 2010 Euros, I truly thought that was the most beautiful skating performance I have ever seen that I started a thread here on GS just for that. It had such fluidity, emotional openness and intensity.
Some others that I really loved over the years:
Cirque du Sole LP (2002)
Gotan Project SP (2002)
Chocolat LP (2003)
Gypsy Dance LP (2004)
Caravan SP (2005)
Dralion SP (2006)
Blood Diamond SP (2007)
Nina Rota's Romeo & Juliet Exh (2007)
La Traviata LP (2010)
Don't Stop the Music Exh (2011)
Puttin' on the Ritz (2012)
Watching these programs one can really see how the charismatic, exuberant, uber musical young skater grew and evolved into a real artist, and still continues to push the envelope of artistic expression. Even those programs from 2002 and 2003 were gems. They were creative and different, compared to what the other top men were doing; and he was performing CoP type of complexity and footwork before CoP was even in place. As a fan since 2003, he has truly taken me on an incredible journey that I wouldn't trade anything else for.
Excerpt on his work with Zhiganshina/Gaszi:
So sounds like he actually did the choreography for them.Q: How was working with the German ice dancers Zhiganshina/Gaszi?
SL: First of all I already had an experience working with the Italian team - the European bronze medalists Berton/Hotarek. In 2012 we worked on their Flamenco. The programme was more or less ready and we were working on polishing it, transitions and emotions. I also helped Volosozhar/Trankov in `Art on Ice'. They usually come to Switzerland after the competition and they need to add some life into their exhibition programmes, make them more memorable. So all and all I knew how the pairs work, but working with Nelly and Alexander was quite a new experience for me since we started the choreography from the scratch. What I loved the most about working with a pair was the contact that happens between the partners, how they communicate with each other all the time. Someone gives and someone receives. When you skate alone you just give the audience all you have.
I think his 'Grieg's Piano Concerto in A. minor' is even better. 'Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto' has more jumps, but 'Grieg's Piano Concerto' has more choreography and different nuances. Better versions without falls from 'All That Skate' are posted below.Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Probably one his best pro programs, reminds competitive programs.
'Water' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwX3QdpRVGg (the TV version from day 3), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_dahvCog5s (good quality fan version from day 1)
'Grieg's Piano Concerto in A. minor' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fp40GyrIEQ (TV version from day 3), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQFLFlgxfos (fan version from day 1), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMDQ11Davbg (another fan version from day 2 - different angle, close up)
I think especially 'Grieg's Piano Concerto' has become even better since 'Art on Ice'. Unfortunately, there are no good videos from the (reportedly and obviously) great Denis Ten's show. Although the versions from 'All That Skate' are probably better due to the bigger ice rink and different (live) instrumental arrangement.