My short program is "Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-SaŽns, and for the free skate, we chose the music from Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Lady and the Hooligan." The programs are quite unlike in comparison with last year's ones, and, as I mentioned before, they require a lot of emotional impact.
We consciously chose to do the program with an image that is completely different from the one that everyone saw last year. The music for the short program was suggested by me. There were a lot of options, but I've always liked the works of Camille Saint-SaŽns, and the theme of "Danse Macabre" is very close to my temperament. The program requires a very high pace. It's incredibly complex, but this dynamic helps me to convey to the judges and the audience all the energy that lies within me.
The short program has a contemporary choreography, but my free skate program is made in a classic Russian style. As the basis of the program, we have taken the original fragments from the ballet "Lady and the Hooligan." As you see, my character there is a hooligan
This is the story of a guy who falls in love with a girl from high society, a story of love that changes people for the better. I lived in Russia seven years, so I understand this style very well, but nevertheless, the images are very complex and require "strong" plastics. In order to meet the level of this performance, I even started taking dance classes in Hollywood.