I can see Meryl and Charlie in Fledermaus, perhaps more so than in La Strada. Of course so much depends on which music they choose and which characters they choose to play ( if any). I personally would love to see Meryl as Adele the Maid who wants to be an actress, and more of a flirty/ naughty/funny interpretation, but I have my doubts, the storyline could go several ways, or be altogether absent. Very short waiting time, though, till we see it!
improving my ballad- like lines
Apparently, Marina likes the Fledermaus. They wanted La Strada.
However, this is not the first time that USFS "champs camp" has put the kibosh on someone's program.
At least it's a classical piece that hasn't been hugely used in ice dance.
It's not like I was thrilled with the La Strada idea either. Neither choice is really exciting or innovative or interesting and they don't even suit the Meryl and Charlie I fell in love with. And I love their Adele ex, so I know those Meryl and Charlie still exist, only not in their FD choices. Not since the Olympic season.
They found a fan in me between Eleanor and S&D and I wish they would go back to that style - with their improved skills they could be creating masterpieces of this kind now.
I don't know how many more seasons of disappointing FD choices my fan heart can take. I seriously think the best move for them would be to leave Igor and Marina, but it's not like it's ever gonna happen...
One can't ignore the influence of the USFS and their "Champs camp" monitoring for their effects on Meryl & Charlie, given that the last 2 years they have had to scrap both an OD and FD due to their influence. If they came forward with something that could be described as innovative, I think USFS would squash it. Thank goodness they were allowed to have Bollywood.
I didn't really care for the La Strada choice so I am glad they are changing their FD music. We all know that the dance we see next week will not be the same as the dance we see by Worlds anyway!!
I am hopeful that their dance will be different than the other Canton teams. I found all 3 of the dances at Finlandia to be a bit vanilla.
I know it will never happen but I wish they would skate to Samson and Delilah again. With their improved skating skills it would be amazing.
I think the Bollywood OD was supported for the very reason that conceptually it was innovative and a very cohesive and interesting program. The USFS and their coaches recognized and supported that- so that's why it passed not because somehow it managed to eke through under someone's radar.
After I heard the choice of La Strada this past summer, I was concerned that Meryl and Charlie were selecting another musical concept that was something that many others had tried already and already executed with much success. For them to retain their title, they really need a FD (even in this non-Olympic season off-year) that will help them explore new areas. I don't know yet if Die Fledermaus will do that for them. But I was listening to the D/W teleconference and it really struck me when Meryl said that not just the USFS but Igor and Marina thought that they could do better than the La Strada FD and that everyone was really excited about the new FD.
I still wish that they could have done something conceptually a bit out of the box. One example I've seen on TV was this Emmy award winning dance from SYTYCD which has a group dancing to an orchestral version of Sting's Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and creating a modern conceptual Alice in Wonderland dance. That was an out of the box concept that built upon a known piece of music. And the dance itself was light hearted, soaring yet with a classical orientation while being a little modern and quirky all at once. I'd love to see Meryl and Charlie try something like that.
But I'm hoping even with a tried and true choice of music that this new FD concept will be successful for them and bring out a story that we'll enjoy. What I'm really excited to see is their SD- I've never seen them do Latin since I don't think video footage of their Latin OD that they did as juniors ever surfaced so that's something "new" to look forward to.
USFS made a great job. They didnt let C-Z last year skate bad latin dance, didnt let to skate 1000 time "Dark eyes"to L-C and didnt let D-W skate something not good last season and now. Maybe they satrt working so good after B-A results in the past. When other Federation let there skaters skate something really bad, when coaches did bad job, USFS didnt let to do this with there best skaters. I respect this so much.
OK, I love the La Strada music, but I have to concede that I have no idea whether the program they had to it was any good or not.
Apparently Marina has had a Die Fledermaus program in mind for them for many years, and they haven't wanted to do it. At least the choreo should have come together quickly since she had it in mind for a long time.
They seem happy enough with it now, though, from the teleconference.
Meryl said it will be playful, which is something they haven't done much in FD's. I would have said both Charleston and Bollywood were rather playful, and I like both dances, so I have some hopes that it will be a dance I'll like.
I was actually looking forward to seeing La Strada but I have to admit I Immediately thought of R and K from Finland who were so great in the program.
But I will say that a classical program is new and a departure for D/W who tend to do more passion fueled music and programs. And as from the one Ex program I have seen their line/extension seems stronger and I think a program like this has a better chance of showing that off.
But I have to admit I am disappointed in the ISU uplifting and clear story line rules. I am much more disappointed though in the uplifting rule as I find it severely limiting. I know a lot of people have talked about I and K's program from Russia being one of the instigators of this rule. But I really liked the program although I thought the end was a bit indulgent.
I just think of how many programs we have seen on "So you think you can dance" that were dark or sad but so good.
I do like the "clear story" idea though and do like that the ISU is at least attempting to bring the sport back to dance. But they have to very careful I think not to be too limiting so that we get a bunch of the same type of programs.
Personally I think they need to drop the uplifting rule. Or rephrase it somehow to open up the variability of programs. There are tons of operas in particular where the main character dies. That is hardly uplifting but does offer incredible choice of music and story.
Anyway I am eager to see D/W and more of V/M. I have no idea who is going to come out on top this season. V/M have work to do and can't rely on CD's to put them ahead. Obviously D/W are at a disadvantage right now with a new program. But I have a feeling that they will be hard to beat this year. It's going to be neck and neck all season with scores etc. I just hope that there isn't controversy over who wins.
This is what IN has listed on their bio
2012 Season Notes
SD Music: "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss
FD Music: Music from La Strada by Nino Rota
Guess they are not doing a Latin SD this year
I'm going to twizzle into a triple axel and spiral out of it.
Well, if you can't pick out the obvious rumba and samba rhythms in Die Fledermaus, then you're HOPELESS.
Perhaps they were thinking of the waltz, and thinking this is the 2010 2011 season
I just listened to their teleconference and I have to say I'm pleased with how positive they sound about their new FD. Charlie said once they made up their minds to change the FD, which was based on the judges' feedback from Champs Camp and Igor and Marina saying they felt they could do "something better" than La Strada, they never looked back and they are pleased with how well the new FD has turned out. So the theme will be a man and woman at a masquerade ball, Meryl described it as playful and there was mention of a mask, which I'm assuming will be a pantomime, not an actual prop. What I hope is that their costumes will be dramatic. They generally have rather downplayed costumes especially on Charlie's part so I wouldn't mind seeing some sparkle! But of course whatever they feel comfortable with will be best.
Loved what they said about their SD, too. "On the Floor" will be their circular step sequence and a lift according to Charlie, and the end of the program which should be perfect. I had to laugh at one of the interviewers calling the first piece of music "Barracuda"!
The teleconference was about 22 min long and 17 min in Charlie said sorry he needed to go because his mom had called twice and he wanted to make sure all was well! Such a good son there. I don't think there are many of us who can ignore a call from our moms, right?
Finally, I like what Meryl said about the FD having the difficulty but would be much different from their Tango FD. She said both their programs are very different from last season and they are excited for everyone to see them.
"He's so approachable and if she were anymore beautiful, she wouldn't look real." - Scott Hamilton on Meryl and Charlie
Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2011 World Ice Dance Champions and 2013 World Ice Dance Champions!
Well at least they have the good taste to rip off Delobel and Schoenfelder.So the theme will be a man and woman at a masquerade ball, Meryl described it as playful and there was mention of a mask