Performances that captivate the audience from the very first second are few and far between. What comes to my mind at the moment is Anissina and Pezeirat's 'Romeo and Juliet' - the drama, passion and emotion all conveyed in movement. I remember being so enamored by it when I saw it as a kid. I really miss this kind of free dance.
I also love Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze's 'Lady Caliph' short program. The connection between the two skaters was very much palpable. Lu Chen's 'Spring Breeze' was delightful as well, reminding me that sometimes the most simple of things can be the most beautiful. She exuded eleganceon ice.
Fumie Suguri's 'Moonlight Sonata' had brilliant choreography - the two Ina Bauers at the beginning really set the mood for the whole program. Miki Ando's 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' had nice choreographic touches to it as well that were really effective. It remains to be my favorite short program of hers. Most recently, Midori Ito's performance to 'Whisper of the River' in Oberstdorf was such a delight to see - I felt honored to be able to watch it (even just on youtube). The joy in her skating has never faded even after all these years.
What is your favorite opening choreography in a program?