One Huge difference as well is that Lori does a program for a skater and might not see them until before worlds. With Michelle and Lori, they spent LOTS of time together. That makes an immense difference. Its just like how Patrick Chan spends LOADS of time with Lori and his programs are masterpieces. Polishing of any work of art does not happen during the learning phase of choreography. It happens only once the program is a part of a skater. Having the original artist there to shape the way you learn the movement is essential. He/she can also help you create a mood while teaching you the movement.
The skaters who utelize Lori regularly are the ones most impacted. I get that most skaters have coaches that they use at home but that could be when it becomes less of an outflow of the majic Lori and that skater had and more about the home staff helping to recreate their interpretation of Lori's dream.
Clear as mud? Hope not...lol
but lori and MK didn't always work as closely together as during the salome season and ariane and red violin (exhibition) were still glorious. mk didn't work so closely with philip mills, and kissing you and hands still were impactful, wonderful programs. so in the end i still think it was more michelle than lori.
the last lori program that i consider a work of near genius level is mao's nocturne. even so i don't think it was on the level of her work with sale and pelletier in the years leading up to salt lake city olympics.
Also, speaking of mastery of blade ... that is something Patrick Chan and Michelle Kwan have in common. Kudos to both of them. Their choreographers have been fortunate to work with skaters who are capable of executing.
I love love love that exhibition. Michelle was a master at creating a mood and taking people away. It's very rare nowadays for me to watch an exhibition that leaves me spellbound. There have been two since Michelle stopped skating: Caroline Zhang's Lullaby for a Night and recently, Mao's Ballade No. 1.
I used to love watching exhibitions but they just don't compare anymore. Mao excluded, skaters don't seem to put much energy or thought into them. Michelle OTOH had some breathtaking numbers throughout the years, particularly 1997-2002. Winter (not the newer Winter Song, but Winter by Tori Amos) was absolutely amazing, and she helped to choreograph that number herself. Dante's Prayer so haunting and beautiful...East of Eden, Kissing You, One More Time, Fields of Gold...the list is soooo long.
There were others that people kinda forgot about I think. Like This Time Around...this was a jaw-dropping, give you chills kind of program. I can never find it on YT, but it's an amazing program. I remember one performance, at the end there's this big crescendo and an amazing note at the end (if you've never heard Linda Eder sing, you're missing out; her voice is RIDICULOUS!) and at that note, Michelle hits her trademark spiral. You can hear the announcer (it was either Peter Carruthers or Terry Gannon) let out this very soft, awe-filled "Wow..". It makes me laugh every time!
Another exhibition I really loved was Michelle's Pocahontas program. Again, Lori at her best. It's such a great edit of the music and every nuance of the music is choreographed. I love the ending too; Michelle stops on a dime! (ETA: Watching this program again, I just don't understand the criticism I sometimes hear people saying about Michelle being slow. She always appeared to have good speed to me and she's flying in this program!)
So many amazing programs and moments...what a gift she was.
Don't forget Reflections. She didn't skate it on TV much so people tend to leave it off their lists.
Icky quality video, skating quality unmatched!!! Answers the OP question: It was MICHELLE!!
I think that is the one video of MK I've never seen before. What an amazing performer and what an amazing performance. Geez I miss her.
Lori is an amazing choreographer but she worked with many other skaters and none of them could create the mood that Michelle did (at least not in competitive programs). There is surely something special about her.
Anyway, even if somewhere there is another MK we probably won't recognize her because of CoP. This system makes creating programs like Michelle's ones almost impossible.
I downloaded this from CruelladeKwan's site several years ago and I'm not sure if it'll still play on my computer. I just LOVE this program. Whoo! That was gorgeous...gives me chills every time!
Taf2002, I almost forgot about Reflections too! My favorite performance was at the 1998 Goodwill Games. The crowd went crazy the entire time and that dress was so gorgeous!
Michelle's Fields of Gold:
MIchelle's On My Own:
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I wish skating could be more about skating and less about tricks.
Another aspect that's really amazing about those exhibitions was how clean she was. That's rare nowadays. Every program skated with at least a lutz, a toe, and an axel. With beautiful moves in the fields. I'd have to strain to remember a good, clean exhibition performance from anyone the last few seasons.
for some seasons i actually prefer MK's exhibitions to her long programs because with only 3 or 4 jumps it leaves more time for moves in the field and other choreographic highlights. and usually with MK exhibitions there's good music and interesting choreography--not every exhibition struck a chord with me but many did.
and many were clean or very nearly clean (with just slightly wonky jumps