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Macassar88
04-18-2012, 10:21 PM
Without doubt, they will RULE.

And Marina Annisina will come back to Russia so she can lift each of them with one arm.

martyross
04-18-2012, 10:37 PM
The best I can remember, Giuseppe Arena did most (if not all) of U/Z's competitive elgible programs.
thanks for this info, aka gerbil! i had no idea that the outstanding choreographer was a primo ballerino from La Scala. cool.
too bad that ice dance has not developed in that direction. those were pure works of art.

i found an interview where he says that in order to be a good choreographer one has to know the language of the body, and today the former skaters who are choreographers don't know it well.
i think this may be the key to make figure skating and dance better, more like an art as it used to be. one of the present programs that come into my mind is Ashley's LP as it is certainly constructed on the language of the body.

if anyone is interested in the old times, here's an article about Usova/Zhulin's free dance at the 1994 olys
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1083/is_n3_v69/ai_16771634/pg_2/

DaiKozOda
04-18-2012, 11:21 PM
U&Z were a terrific team. Today I still remember their "Four Seasons" FD in the 92 OG. Such beauty! In 93 they had that sexy interpretation of "Blues for Klook".
U&Z weren't just skaters but also true artists.

martyross
04-18-2012, 11:43 PM
U&Z were a terrific team. Today I still remember their "Four Seasons" FD in the 92 OG. Such beauty! In 93 they had that sexy interpretation of "Blues for Klook".
U&Z weren't just skaters but also true artists.

watching them makes music sink deeper inside in a totally new understanding of the melodies through the moves of their bodies.

DORISPULASKI
04-19-2012, 12:25 AM
First time I saw U&Z it was Europeans 1988 or so and they were skating to Indian Temple dance. Just wonderfulness!!

Yukari Lepisto
04-19-2012, 12:39 AM
First time I saw U&Z it was Europeans 1988 or so and they were skating to Indian Temple dance. Just wonderfulness!!

YESSS, and I agree with all the other U/Z posts.. dancing nowadays.. can't even compare...

Vash01
04-19-2012, 12:43 AM
First time I saw U&Z it was Europeans 1988 or so and they were skating to Indian Temple dance. Just wonderfulness!!

The first time I saw U&Z skate was at a Sun Valley outdoor show in the summer of 1988, after the 88 Olympics. The announcer said this team (Maya and Sasha) is going to become superstars after the next world championships. They were right. Unfortunately they did not become as big stars as they deserved- just one world title, and Olympic silver & bronze did not do them justice.

DaiKozOda
04-19-2012, 01:59 AM
Pure magic
1993 Worlds Ex 2nd encore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeiXTB0JWM&feature=channel&list=UL
1994 OG Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hxHc9SKrI

aka_gerbil
04-19-2012, 03:59 AM
The first time I saw U/Z (and remember seeing them) was the 1992 Olympics. I was 12 at the time, and I still remember perfectly watching that FD in my parents' living room while working on homework. That performance made me love U/Z, it made me love ice dance, and it's what helped make me into a classical music fan. To this day, U/Z are still my all-time favorites out of all 4 disciplines.

My favorite program/performance of theirs (actually, still my favorite skating performance ever) was the 1993 Worlds FD.

Loves_Shizuka
04-19-2012, 04:24 PM
U/Z :swoon:

Their 89 FD to Planets is one of my fave FD's EVER. :cheer2:

Andrey aka Pushkin
04-19-2012, 04:29 PM
I must say that U/Z are the only team ever whose exhibitions I liked more than the competitive programs.
Maybe Gordeeva/Grinkov too. And perhaps Boitano :)
But that's it.

DORISPULASKI
04-19-2012, 05:32 PM
Here's the 1988 Indian Temple Dance FD from Euros, with the OTT :love: commentary by Toller Cranston:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qho2DLoqbZk

It was an eville thing that U&Z broke up :wuzrobbed:

Vash01
04-19-2012, 08:28 PM
This has become a U&Z uber thread.:lol: but I don't mind it.

nuge
04-19-2012, 09:27 PM
U/Z :swoon:

Their 89 FD to Planets is one of my fave FD's EVER. :cheer2:

YES this is the first time I saw them on ITV Eurosport wasn't around then :shuffle:
I think Betty Calloway was commentating and she raved about them.

DORISPULASKI
04-19-2012, 09:47 PM
Well, in the day, I was a U&Z uber...I still am, for that matter :)

They had the best CD's ever, IMO.