Russian ice dance is looking like the Hunger Games of ice dancing
I <3 Svinin and Zhuk.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
I have to say that I hope B/S have some good fortune and improve. I have always enjoyed them, really loved their Sailor OD and their R&J FD so I would like to see them have some more success. They seem like such nice people, too!
As far as I/K...I know she has a lot of fans but honestly when I watched them at WTT, I found myself glued to him, he seems to have a lot of personality on the ice. I like them, too, but I'd rather see B/S as Russian #1 for a while...they deserve it, especially if they can make some improvements.
"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!
David Wilson will be choreographing programs for Artur Gachinski and Elizaveta Tuktamisheva. Mishin, Artur and Liza will depart to Canada on May 13.
Camerlengo is now in Russia working with Plushenko. But Mishin says that programs were half-ready before Pasquale's arrival, and total time they worked together is only 4 hours (2 hours yesterday and 2 hours today)
Part of me is a wee bit disappointed that Artur's not keeping his programs from this season. I usually despise recycled programs but I really loved his SP and thought the LP could be made into something amazing. But the other part of me is all at the idea of Artur working with David Wilson!
Hm glad Mishin's skaters are using a new choreographer, but I'm not a fan of David Wilson.
I hope Camerlango at least consulted with Plushenko about music and themes over e-mail or the phone prior to the meeting, otherwise I really don't see the point. I get that Plush would plan his jumps/elements layout beforehand and just have the choreographer add some flourishes, but what he really needs is new ideas so I hope Camerlango provided them.
I guess they're trying to package Liza as the next Kim Yuna (with a triple loop)
I do not have particularly high hopes for Gachinsky's and Tuktamysheva's programs "by Wilson". Mishin already had an experience of sending Lutai to Dickson and those who had been lucky enough to see run-throughs right after the returned from the States said that the programs looked great. Unfortunately, by the time the season was on the choreography was down to usual "set up - jump - pose - set up - jump" stuff typical for Mishin camp From what I heard Gachinsky collaboration with Lambiel last season went along the same lines.
But I am keeping fingers crossed for better outcome this time around.
Wilson's style doesn't seem to suit Gachinski's style at all, I am surprised at this decision.
As for Liza, she needs to find her own style but I don't think she's a balletic pretty princess. I'd rather pick Tom Dickson for her and do something voidy. Wilson is much better with more classical programs.
The sad thing is that Gachinsky, who has been asked about working with Lambiel on a number of occasions recently, always praised his skills, his ability to use blades and his entire body and so on, and I had a feeling that he is truly interested in developing this kind of skills in himself, but unfortunately I do not see it happening in his current camp