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gkelly
11-01-2011, 05:07 AM
Let's make a collection of figure skating programs that aspire to artistic coherence rather than being primarily competitive vehicles (although they may be used in competition, especially pro competitions) or mass entertainment.

Post your favorites!

My impression is that ice dancers and men, and nonce ensembles, will be the most prolific in this area, but I'm going to start with some ladies.

I wish we had vids without commentary.

Rory Flack: Summertime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltoW0BhLvbU)

Denise Biellmann: As Yet Untitled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1gOy0Kjlmc) Expressive use of spins!

Jeri Campbell: Primitive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvbyTfvLJQ) (starts at 1:50)

Josee Chouinard: The Sweater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbe97GLGAmk)

aftershocks
11-01-2011, 06:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8VYrbBj_MY&feature=fvsr Scott Williams (Truly Madly Deeply)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1D5dE7Rzvc Scott Williams (nirvana)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd1Dk-NxfaM JWeir (heartbroken)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ9yzlAiHFc JWeir (iconic swan)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgZkY6vAyY PWylie (schindler's list)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4Wqpc4xL5Q&feature=related Anissina/Peizarat (R&J)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsvq-N7xAtc&feature=related A/P (carmina burana)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazOhkRuySI MKwan (fields of gold)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKmUW8wPB0s MKwan (salome)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEtWPqeF3UA&feature=related MK (dante's prayer) all versions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKk-jQey0Ws PWylie (untouchables)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ipkwkZBK2Q&feature=related S/S (2007 Europeans)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56_Zs10qQhQ Davis/White (2010 sd)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZUL1l0ugnQ&feature=related JAbbott (DayInLife)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd_NRkwuqkI JAbbott (2009 Nats sp)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a7sSuPpmcc Robin Cousins (satan takes a holiday)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aia1jBTvK30 Dai (SC sp 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeclQvUDFO4 S/S (SA fp 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELys8PkIjEM&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL7837C45A71B2E860 S/P (tristan & isolde)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHpnsI9Xh8 Gary Beacom (I'm your man)

Paul Wylie -- JFK; On the Waterfront; etc.

Matt Savoie -- practically everything

Torvill/Dean -- most everything, especially Bolero

Toller Cranston -- everything

Gordeeva/ Grinkov -- everything

John Curry -- 1976 Olympic lp

Brian Boitano -- Olympic 1988 sp

Stephanie Rosenthal -- U.S. Nats sp and lp

Janet Lynn -- everything

briancoogaert
11-01-2011, 08:45 AM
One of my fave, ever :
John Curry 1976 Olympics Ex - Scheherazade (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o26Bb8bh3EM)

And this one is also pretty spectacular :
Robin COusins 1991 WOrld Pro - Rachmaninoff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pvHxrINtI)

As well as :
Gordeeva and Grinkov 1994 Olympics Ex - Reverie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiUuTLHrGFg)

There are many others, but those are my favorite.

skatesindreams
11-01-2011, 01:56 PM
Pure art, and skating at its' best:

The Ice 2011:

Jeff Buttle - "Nmrod" - Enigma Variations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG48Lh_O9is

and

Jeffrey Buttle 2008 SOI Eclogue for Piano and Strings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMgoBjmzl0U

aliceanne
11-01-2011, 02:09 PM
I agree with all of the above posts. I also enjoyed Lambiel's recent show number "Let the Good Times Roll".

I recently bought a tape on eBay "The Planets" from 1994. It featured the Duchesnays and Brian Orser, but also included modern dancers, water ballet, ensemble skaters, synchro skaters. It was a good combination of high level skating and dance with special effects.

While everyone was very good, the ensemble skaters especially had unique moves. For example they did death spirals at each end of a pinwheel.

gkelly
11-01-2011, 02:17 PM
There's a lot of ensemble show skating that is not available on video, perhaps at all -- certainly never televised -- or at least not currently on youtube.

Also relatively obscure programs that were only televised once may not be available. Maybe I'll make a list of programs that were memorable to me but that I can't provide links to.

Meanwhile, another lady, this time in eligible competition:
Katarina Witt: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HReVQnp1GZA)

aftershocks
11-01-2011, 06:05 PM
Here are links to Stephanie R's 2006 U.S. Nats performances -- who cares about the marks or the jumps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnkku5aJzZM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMwXYdkSK4g

I also enjoy many of Lambiel's performances, especially exhibitions. Too bad he suffered from problems on the 3-axel and quads occasionally in the latter part of his amateur career. If his technical content had been better, he might have been in the medals at 2010 Olympics, but we often forget that he did win silver at 2006 Olympics.

Thanks skatesindreams for those Jeff Buttle links! I hadn't seen those programs before.

Another shout out to Dai and Savchenko/Szolkowy/Steuer for their programs this season -- keeping the art in the sport. (I also loved Dai's rockin' Swan sp, several seasons ago).

I've also enjoyed a number of S/P's artistic/ creative pro performances.

Thanks everyone for your links.

ETA: I love seeing programs that are about so much more than just the jumps. You are into the whole program, and seeing a well-executed triple-toe or 2-axel just enhances the art.

skatesindreams
11-01-2011, 06:45 PM
Thanks skatesindreams for those Jeff Buttle links! I hadn't seen those programs before.

You are welcome!
"Ecologue" was prepared and intended as his competitive LP for 2009, if he had decided to do so.

Another beautiful performance of Enigma Variations - two different views:

Golden Skate Awards Torino 10/2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhrTgroiWgk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mk45t4pJIc

Vash01
11-01-2011, 07:39 PM
I have a few artistic favorites that are not always mentioned, but I am at work, so I can't look for the YT links. Just a few of them come to my mind right now:

Jill Trenary (I was no fan of hers, but I loved this pro routine): The boots are made for walking

Caryn Kadavy- Many of her pro routines

Oksana Baiul (I loved her skating those days): Enigma

Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: 'Let me fall' and 'If I could'

Mao's recent exhibition to Chopin- I have posted a link on another thread; I will have to look for it

Annenko-Sretenski: Many of their pro routines (I have a separate thread for this, so I won't repeat).

Viktor Petrenko's doll routine, for its creativity

Bechke & Petrov: You don't bring me flowers

Totmianina-Marinin: This may surprise many, but as pros they skated quite a few artistic programs that I enjoyed

Yagudin- The feeling begins (I think the program had a different title)

Grishchuk-Platov: You'll see

I better stop now. I will look for them on YT later.

gkelly
11-01-2011, 07:47 PM
OK, this is probably my favorite Caryn Kadavy program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV_4wGEyLW8

skatesindreams
11-01-2011, 10:52 PM
Another example:

Art on Ice Show 2011 Shanghai - Stephane Lambiel & Lang Lang - two views
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDBcTA52KPE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoGJCi-dhNM

Lang Lang played with more sensitivity than usual, IMO, because he actually accompanied Stephane, live.
He played for several other skaters, also.

falling_dance
11-01-2011, 11:34 PM
Michelle Kwan: The Red Violin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P06NFFMn7Hs) and The Miraculous Mandarin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWarys9kuzM)

Irina Slutskaya: Cry of the Forest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hINNgBAqIxQ&t=20s) and Schindler's List (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAd9Lm75Qrs)

Vanessa Giunchi: Schindler's List (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ju80rZYwXE&feature=related) and Bolero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3n7FKYwh1E) (I never get tired of watching or linking to these. :P)

Mao Asada: any of her Chopin programs

the first four Rachmaninoff programs mentioned in this (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3301534&postcount=2) post

Curry's Scheherazade and Tilt-A-Whirl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qRyOzq_ofQ) (with Peggy Fleming)

Aussie Willy
11-02-2011, 01:27 AM
I agree with all of the above posts. I also enjoyed Lambiel's recent show number "Let the Good Times Roll".

I recently bought a tape on eBay "The Planets" from 1994. It featured the Duchesnays and Brian Orser, but also included modern dancers, water ballet, ensemble skaters, synchro skaters. It was a good combination of high level skating and dance with special effects.

While everyone was very good, the ensemble skaters especially had unique moves. For example they did death spirals at each end of a pinwheel.
I thought the Planets was really good. Whilst the Duschenays were not the best technical skaters, I felt this was a great vehicle for them. And it was very well put together.

Shame we don't get things like this any more. Toller Cranston also did some weird things back in the 70s & 80s that blended art with skating too. Not to everyone's taste and looking back they are really dated but still tried to do something different.

aliceanne
11-02-2011, 04:11 PM
I thought the Planets was really good. Whilst the Duschenays were not the best technical skaters, I felt this was a great vehicle for them. And it was very well put together.

Shame we don't get things like this any more. Toller Cranston also did some weird things back in the 70s & 80s that blended art with skating too. Not to everyone's taste and looking back they are really dated but still tried to do something different.

I think a those types of shows aired on PBS and cable and were funded through arts grants. Sonia Rodriguez was featured in the Planets (isn't she with the Canadian Ballet?) and John Curry was also heavily involved with ballet. I don't know how Toller's shows were funded. Katarina Witt and Brian Boitano funded some of their own shows, but I think they both had mass audience appeal, at least in the U.S., the 1988 Olympics were a big deal for figure skating, almost on a scale with Tonya/Nancy.

skatesindreams
11-02-2011, 04:22 PM
Toller talked about the challenges he faced in funding/producing his TV specials in his memoirs.