I was intrigued by the CBC commentary, too. I'm not one to dive into the 'story behind the program', I prefer to watch what's in front of me and make up my own interpretation of a performance.
According to the CBC commentators, Evgenia's FS choreography is inspired by the hearing impaired, who cannot hear the music and have trouble appreciating figure skating as a result... so her program was designed to be expressive as possible to convey the musicality in a visual sense.
Anyone have more info about this?
From Zhenya's summer interview
The free skating was delivered by Ilya Averbukh in Novogorsk. He works unusually, applying a non-standard approach, it was interesting to me to observe how he is occurred by these or those ideas and how he embodies them on ice. In the first part of the program Dance for me wallis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxO1csWNKmg) by the modern Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski, in the second – Allegro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05tbnLH5wvg ) by the French self-educated musician Rene Aubrey, in the third – Korzeniowski's Charms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbdhaOvB0a4) sounds. The statement turned out unusual. We touched upon the subject how it is important to hear each other, to speak language of love to life which is clear to the whole world – the sign language. We tried to inform the viewer how it is important to share the inner world, to open, to give the heat. My program is a flight of dream, a flight of fancy. Do you know how many of people have a hearing disorder which are deprived of opportunity to enjoy such miracle as the figure skating? More than two million people! We want that someone from them saw this program – and understood it. I was positive to this idea. If I am not mistaken, before in figure skating nobody used a sign language. It is pleasant to me what we made very much, I fell in love with this statement. The choreographer and the dancer Igor Strelkin who participated in the First channel’s project "Tantsui" also worked on this program. He speaks the sign language. Igor picked up and put the movements which I will speak the sign language. Ilya involved him on purpose that I could feel the program better, could convey its intent.
There the sign language is used in this program, Zhenya tells on it some phrases. But the program is not about people with a hearing disorder, in this history it’s important that all of us speak different languages, but the sign language is equally clear around the world. Our program – is a big message for everyone: let's hear each other, let's not be closed. At the beginning of the program Zhenya keeps the music in herself, we hear what just plays inside her and at some point she tears off her hands from her ears – and the music as if escapes from the depths of her soul, rushes into the hall, and we hear that occurs inside her. It, of course, frightens Zhenya a little as everyone is afraid to open his own world. And then she closes the ears again – and the music disappears, lives only in herself. But she has something to tell all of us – she tears off her hands from her ears without fear and tell us some phrases in the sign language that she would like to fly as a bird. I hope that she will fly by all the program quite so (smiles). It is the main idea, it is philosophical. The main thing is that we don't represent any specific character, but we address to a very hot topic. Zhenya manages to give it to the audience very well, she flies, she hovers over ice.