2014 Artistry on Ice shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou & Taipei (July 25-Aug. 3)

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Stéphane Lambiel lists the dates and cities on his redesigned official site as follows:

    July 25, 2014 Artistry on Ice Beijing, China
    July 27, 2014 Artistry on Ice Shanghai, China
    August 1, 2014 Artistry on Ice Guangzhou, China
    August 3, 2014 Artistry on Ice Taipei, Taiwan

    Han YAN is also scheduled to perform in the shows.

    Is this the official event site for 2014? http://www.weibo.com/artistryonice
     
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    Ticket center has updated the casts and ticket info. for shows in Beijing and Shanghai.

    Casts (Beijing & Shanghai):
    Mens
    Evgeni Plushenko
    Johnny Weir
    Stéphane Lambiel
    Han Yan

    Ladies
    Shae-Lynn Bourne
    Joannie Rochette
    Zijun Li

    Dance
    Tessa Virtue /Scott Moir

    Pairs
    Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov
    Peng Cheng / Zhang Hao
    Sui Wenjing / Han Cong

    Acrobats
    Vladimir Besedin / Olesky Polishchuk
    Marie Pierre Leray

    Others
    Edvin Marton
    Deng Chao (only in Bejing)

    Host
    Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo

    Ticket info:
    Beijing: http://item.damai.cn/65121.html
    Shanghai: http://item.damai.cn/65696.html

    Yes, it's the official account for the event on Weibo.
     
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    Thanks, Sylvia, iceflame. That's a fine cast, and I am especially glad to see Virtue/Moir on the list. Well, I am always most glad to see Stephane among the casts of various shows, but that has become somewhat expected by now :).
     
  4. Sylvia

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    Article in English with lovely photo of Shen and Zhao: http://english.cri.cn/11354/2014/05/29/195s828932.htm
    Promo vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-rAeW_okH0

    Plushenko promoting the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSMCvOwvFa0
     
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    Just wondering about the absence of Pang and Tong. Are they not even doing shows?
     
  6. kittyjake5

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    Thanks for the updated info Sylvia. It sounds like it is going to be quite a show with a
    great cast. I will be looking forward to the youtube videos!

    I am looking foward to to the performance of "Farwell my Concubine".

    Shen looks lovely!
     
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    They were part of Japan Stars on Ice 2014 this spring.
     
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    Here's the link to the event news thread in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...ona-in-Italy&p=4292708&viewfull=1#post4292708

    Hao ZHANG skating clockwise and throwing Johnny Weir in practice ;): http://instagram.com/p/qx2ZqjBhe3/
     
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    I'm very excited for this show, what a superb lineup. :) I know there will probably be a lot of fancam videos, but does anyone know if it will be broadcast on tv at all?
     
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    Thanks for all the information, Sylvia and iceflame. I'm also looking forward to perhaps some YouTube videos of the event. It would be fantastic if there was a broadcast of the show in the U.S.
     
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    Here's the full video of the performance. Simply stunning. I thought of the "Fallen Angels" performance Johnny did with Melissa Gregory & Dennis Petukhov, this one is similarly theatrical and creative...great job Johnny and Zhang Hao!

    http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzQ2MTgwMzc2.html
     
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    I love Johnny.
    I adore his skating.

    BUT

    I don`t like this performance.
    I don`t understand it.?
    I don`t like the choreography.
    I don`t like that the jumps didn`t work.

    AND for me it`s absolutely NOT comparable to the stunning and gorgeous Fallen Angels :saint:.

    But that`s just my immediate reaction and opinion :).
     
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    The program is based on the film Farewell My Concubine, which is loosely based on a Peking Opera by the same name. Johnny is playing the role of a Peking Opera singer/actor who plays Dan (female) roles in the Opera (all actors in Peking Opera were traditionally male). It is a beautiful, tragic story of forbidden love.

    I think they did pretty well considering the difficulty the costumes must create and that Zhang Hao and Johnny had practiced the throw for only two days. I'd definitely like to see more of them skating together, as at one point Zhang Hao is basically just standing there. Hopefully they can tweak it (maybe detach part of the headpiece before jumps?) and improve the performance for later shows. I wish they could do a death spiral... It would be appropriate for the story, too :)
     
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    I think it has potential (though I guess it will only be performed 4 times), and I love when skaters try something different. Fallen Angels was breathtaking, but I think they had a lot more time to prepare. Considering for this they only had 2 days to rehearse (and Johnny is probably very jetlagged, as this is his third trip to Asia in just a few weeks), they did well. But the choreography could be fleshed out. I was also hoping the music would be more traditional instead of a modern-ish pop song. Maybe it will improve in the next few performances? And of course they'll have more time to practice the throw. Must be hard to jump in that huge headpiece!

    ETA: The still photos of this performance are stunning. I have a feeling the program looked better than it seems in the one video I've seen of it, which was far away and hard to see.
     
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    Well, Stephane Lambiel skated a new program too, but it is not uploaded anywhere yet - only a small fragment.
     
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    This is the program, but not in a very good quality - http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzQ2NDk4NzMy.html.
     
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    It seems I'll have to wait for the Artistry on Ice performances to be put onto youtube. I hope they will because each of the videos I try to play on youku freezes on me every three seconds.:mad:

    Beautiful pictures though. Johnny wears such a spectacular outfit, wow.
     
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    I'm having trouble with Youku as well...grr. I've been viewing the photo galleries and they are just beautiful! This is one show I would really love to see live.

    I agree that the Johnny/Zhang Hao program could have been even more spectacular if they had more time together. Also would have liked the traditional music to play throughout the piece. But the crowd obviously loved it, and I think it was a "wow" nevertheless (probably even moreso if you were there and had a good view of their faces). Hopefully the next performances will be smoother.
     
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    It's great to see more tours traveling through China. The receptivity of the crowds during Grand Prix events has been a work in progress over the years. Many athletes have commented about how the audiences seem to be perpetually talking throughout competitive programs, and the most exciting moments for the crowd (prompting laughter even) are she n a skater falls. I'm sure the laughter is not malicious, but the level of understanding from crowds seems still a work in progress. Hopefully this will help build both enthusiasm and appreciation. With major events like Worlds being hosted in China, will be interesting as well, to see how this motivates the Chinese athletes.