An interview with Piper on On The Loop podcast!
Not the best audio quality but I’m halfway through and it’s really interesting!
I was at SC in person and finally have a moment to share my thoughts. Sorry this is so late! I had extended work travel both before and after SC, so it’s been hard for me to post (and keep up/get caught up with the other Grand Prix competitions).
The absolute standout for me of the entire competition at SC (across all disciplines) was Piper and Paul’s FD (though I loved their RD too). In contrast to seeing Vincent in person at SC in Montreal last season, I really had no particular expectations of BSN. Even though I did like the new program at ACI (not in person), and thought it had great potential, I didn’t have the visceral emotional response to it that I had when I saw their debut of Vincent at senior B last season. So my reaction to seeing it live at SC took me completely by surprise. For me personally, it created one of those rare “moments” that I will always treasure. So quiet and beautiful and seamless — everything from their movements and expressions to their costumes blended effortlessly. But the program/performance wasn’t just superficially pretty, as underneath there was a complexity of emotion and intensity and expression....It’s hard for me to describe, and others do it far more justice in words (e.g., WeakAnkles, NoNameFace, to name a couple). Suffice it to say, their performance brought me to tears, and I almost didn’t realize that was happening. (Mrs. P and I got to sit together for the FD, which was such fun, especially seeing our respective favorites do so well. I turned to her after Piper and Paul’s performance and said something like, I’m such a sap, I really need a tissue lol.) Their placement was icing on the cake, as I fully expected (as they probably did) that they wouldn’t win. I know they will evolve and adjust the program as the season goes along, but I almost wish that they wouldn’t change a thing. It was that magical at SC.