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    Mao Asada revealed the new choreography for next season was completed.

    This is an article in “Hochi Shimbun” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    Mao Asada revealed the new choreography for next season was completed.
    June 13th, 2011 JST

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    Mao Asada revealed that the choreography of the new short program for next season was completed.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/zoomImage...OHT9I00244.htm

    The silver medalist of the Vancouver Olympics, Mao Asada (20, Chukyo University) attended "the Olympic Charity Concert for supporting the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster" which was held in the Tokyo metropolitan area in June 12th and revealed that the choreography of the new SP for next season from this autumn was completed.
    She said, "Because the new program, too, decided, I am glad if it provides one in useful information on and after next season".

    According to the person concerned, she completed the choreography in Russia from May 30th to June 4th.

    Mao Asada who finished in the 6 place which was the worst in the past of herself in the Worlds of April swore to recover from the slump, saying, "I have just started the new season. I am sure that it goes well in next season because it was bad in last season”.

    Her weight had too decreased because she was practicing too stoically for the Worlds, but her plump cheeks came back.

    She said, "I am being able to take my time a little now. I am going to practice little by little from July" with smiling face.

    The article
    Mao Asada revealed the new choreography for next season was completed.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/wi...OHT1T00255.htm


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    According to the official web site of Mai & Mao Asada, Mao Asada seems to be staying in Moscow now.
    In Moscow, she may possibly be making with Tatiana Tarsova the new program for new season now, mayn’t she?

    The message and the photo of Mao Asada in her official web site.
    http://maimao-asada.com/mao/private/2011/06/05/58/

    Translated from Japanese.
    At Moscow
    June 5th, 2011

    I went to an Uzbekistan restaurant in Moscow. I am looking forward to it because it is the first time for me (to eat the Uzbekistan cooking).

    By Mao Asada



    Reference
    The Olympic Charity Concert for supporting the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynYrlxi-SyM
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 06-13-2011 at 06:43 AM.

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    She looks nice in the photo; definitely a lot healthier than she looked at Worlds!

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    Awww. I want her to practice with smiling face from here until Sochi.

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    Glad she is keeping Liebestraum.

    Did she by any chance mention her new short program music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Glad she is keeping Liebestraum.

    Did she by any chance mention her new short program music?
    i read somewhere, probably on mao's forum, that she's going to spend 5 or so days with lori in canada, but i haven't heard whether that's to tweak liebestraum or to choreograph a new program. it pretty much ends the dream that camerlengo is choreographing any program for mao this season though. tat usually does mao's exhibitions (and does a fine job, too).

    ETA
    thank you Akira Andrea for all your work translating these articles.

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    So, new Mao's SP is done by TAT?

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    Eris, doubt. says Tarasova could had choreographed Asada's the programme/s before June 5th (the has no idea whether Tarasova did though), but since June 8th she is in the USA choreographing Murakami's programme/s.

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    TAHbKA, thanks! Kanako will skate TAT programme/s? Wow, she's definitely mini-Mao.
    *by Murakami you meant her, right? not Daisuke?*

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    Not TAT again?! Geez, doesn't Mao get that TAT's choreography just doesn't work for her unless it's an exhibition?...WAIT! Maybe she was in Russia getting the choreography for her Ex? Oh please let that be what it was!

    TAT's competition pieces BLOW for Mao. There is not one program of she's made for Mao in the last 3 or 4 years that can be considered "good". That SP last year was just not good enough. She hasn't had a decent SP since 2008. All of Mao's exhibitions from TAT (Por Una Cabeza, Caprices and the masterpiece that is Ballade) are wonderful...but that doesn't translate to competition programs.

    I hate the overuse of Lori, but I will say that the Lori-Mao combo is a great one. Lori has a knack for utilizing Mao's light, floaty, ethereal qualities. Liebestraum was beautiful, Claire de Lune was gorgeous, Czardas, Fantasie-Impromptu...really lovely programs for her.

    My hope is that Mao will keep her Liebestraum and get a new SP from Lori...or anyone who isn't TAT.

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    The said article clearly says that she completed the choreography of SP in Russia on June 4th from May 30th.
    I think that it is natural to think that it was choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova if she completed the new program in Russia.


    In the several SP by Tatiana Tarasova, too, I think that there was an agreeable work for her, like a "Fantasy For Violin And Orchestra" of 2007/2008 season.

    Reference:
    "Fantasy For Violin And Orchestra" by Nigel Hess from the sound track of the Movie "Ladies in Lavendar".
    Choreography: Tatiana Tarasova.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz-AktwtDfs
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 06-13-2011 at 04:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    Not TAT again?! Geez, doesn't Mao get that TAT's choreography just doesn't work for her unless it's an exhibition?...TAT's competition pieces BLOW for Mao. There is not one program of she's made for Mao in the last 3 or 4 years that can be considered "good".
    Hmmm, I wonder if that's why she got an olympic silver medal and a world championship? Not everybody hated her programs. I really liked her Bells of Moscow program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponta1 View Post
    She looks nice in the photo; definitely a lot healthier than she looked at Worlds!
    Definitely agree! She looks lovely in the picture, much better than at Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Skatefan View Post
    Hmmm, I wonder if that's why she got an olympic silver medal and a world championship? Not everybody hated her programs. I really liked her Bells of Moscow program.
    Bells of Moscow seems to fall into "love it or hate it" category. Personally I loved the synergy of heavy dramatic music and the fragile yet strong girl. It gives me chills every time I watch it. As much as I love her lyrical programs, bring out the fierce warrior princess Mao!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Skatefan View Post
    Hmmm, I wonder if that's why she got an olympic silver medal and a world championship? Not everybody hated her programs. I really liked her Bells of Moscow program.
    It took a while for it to really come together (and, for better or worse, it had one or two campy moments), but I'd also count it a success. Then again, I'm one of those people who love the Masquerade Waltz short, so take it for what it's worth.

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    Different tastes, different opinions. And most importantly, Mao likes TAT's choreography so that's what really matters. Keep rocking, Mao!

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    It is possible Mao just enjoys her interactions with TAT, and TAT brings to her something that Mao values. I love TAT's EX numbers for Mao, and do not like her competitive programs, but I think that partnership is not automatically bad. It is hit or miss- and hope for a HIT next year.
    improving my ballad- like lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akira Andrea View Post
    In the several SP by Tatiana Tarasova, too, I think that there was an agreeable work for her, like a "Fantasy For Violin And Orchestra" of 2007/2008 season.
    You are absolutely correct. This was the one competitive program I did like...loved in fact. That 2008 worlds SP gave me chills... Why didn't TAT stick to stuff like this when she started coaching her?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Skatefan View Post
    Hmmm, I wonder if that's why she got an olympic silver medal and a world championship? Not everybody hated her programs. I really liked her Bells of Moscow program.
    I really didn't like them...but I'm just one person with one opinion. I feel that both Masquerade and Bells focused solely on the jumps; the footwork, while very difficult and impressive, was too freaking long; the monotony of the music was very boring for both pieces...the same notes over and over and over; there were hardly any transitions, minimal choreography...it was a waste of Mao's talents.

    To me, she got swallowed up by the heavy music--it suffocated her. She's not a powerful skater. Mao's style is very light and lyrical, or happy and playful; TAT only utilizes those sides in Mao's exhibitions. Caprices or Por Una Cabeza would have been incredible SPs. Mao is much more at home in her element of classical music...she flows with it and breathes with it...it's breathtaking and amazing. I thought this past season's SP was a step up, but when you look at it in comparison to a lot of others (Miki, Yu-Na, Carolina, Kanako, Alissa, Kiira, etc.) it doesn't have the content or, better yet, it doesn't leave enough of an impression. You tend to forget what she did when she leaves the ice.

    BUT Liebestraum was the total opposite. Beautiful, intricate choreography throughout the entire piece, better spacing of the elements, better transitions, lovely moments in the program that are to the music and are memorable and gorgeous. Aside from the Fantasy for Violin SP, None of TAT's competitive programs had any of that...in my opinion. But, funny enough, all of her exhibitions had that. I adore all of her exhibitions. That's so backwards and weird...

    TAT is a legend but, again just my opinion, I never liked her pairing with Mao. When they got together it became too much about the jumps, specifically the 3A. It seemed like hardly any attention went to details of choreography and the rest of the skating. It was like TAT was trying to turn Mao into this powerful Russian Diva and that so wasn't Mao. For a long time, there was no Mao in Mao's skating. It seemed like she was trying to be something she wasn't...but again, that's just my opinion.

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    Maybe Mao wanted to experiment with being a fierce Russian diva. Sometimes people get stuck in who they want a skater to be rather than allowing the skater be what they want to be.
    I'm glad Mao's health is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    It is possible Mao just enjoys her interactions with TAT, and TAT brings to her something that Mao values.
    I don't think Mao herself has special tastes for anything except the 3 axel. It's more like Asada mother's idea. Definitely they don't want to cut the ties with Tarasova until Sochi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    Maybe Mao wanted to experiment with being a fierce Russian diva. Sometimes people get stuck in who they want a skater to be rather than allowing the skater be what they want to be.
    I'm glad Mao's health is better.
    That's true...I just didn't think it was a good look for her. Again, just my worthless opinion.

    I'm happy she's looking more healthy too. She was scary frail at worlds...

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