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Memorable Exhibition Performances

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by lulu, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. lulu

    lulu New Member

    What are some of the most memorable exhibitions, either because of the program itself, or something extra special about the performance, in figure skating?

    For me, the list would include:

    Rodnina & Zaitsev's "Kalinka" at the 1980 Olympics

    Torvill & Dean's "Bolero 1994" at the 1994 Olympics as with Rodnina & Zaitsev's performance, it wasn't just the program, it was the backstory of performance: T&D coming back to the Olympics, 10 years after their history win in Sarajevo, performing the best known program in figure skating history as a tribute to Sarajevo.

    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze's "The Kid" 2002 Olympics

    Robin Cousins "Michael Jackson" 1980 Olympics

    Debi Thomas' 1986 Exhibition at the 1986 World Championships

    Gordeeva & Grinkov's "Reverie" at the 1994 Olympics

    Klimova & Ponomarenko's "Ballet" exhibition at the 1987 World Championships

    and many others...
  2. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

  3. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

  4. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Plushy's "Sex Bomb" from 2001 Worlds :lol: :lol: :lol:
  5. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    double post - please delete
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  6. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Michelle Kwan 1996 Worlds East of Eden. The program that definitely turned me into a fan.

    G&G 1994 Olympics Reverie. OMG.

    Dorothy Hamill 2009 Some enchanted evening. Because she was coming back, and it was so touching.
  7. kates8

    kates8 Active Member

    Way back when, Hough and Ladret had some of the most entertaining exhibition or show numbers - I loved "Are you Gonna Go My Way" and "My Sharonna". I can't seem to find them on You Tube anymore, but they were great showmen.
  8. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

    Michelle Kwan: Fields of Gold, Kissing you

    Gordeeva Grinkov:Kiss, The man I love

    Sasha Cohen: Dont Rain on my Parade, Romeo & juliet.

    Mao Asada: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
  9. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

  10. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    B&S- Impossible dream (99 worlds), The Kid (2002 Oly), Elegy (1998 worlds), Barcelona (1988 Oly)

    Michelle Kwan- Dante's Prayer (98?), Red Violin 1999 (she later made it into a LP), East of Eden (not sure of the year)

    Oksana Baiul- The Swan 94 Oly, Ave Maria 1993 worlds

    M&D- Pan flute number at 94 Oly

    Brian Orser- The Story of my life- 1988 Oly

    Klimova-Ponomarenko- Tango Ex ,1988 Oly

    G&G- Vocalise, The man I love, Reverie 94 Oly Ex, Liebestraum 88 Oly Ex

    Paul Wylie- This is the moment- 92 Oly

    Viktor & Oksana- Rock around the Clock 94 Oly

    Plushenko- Sex Bomb 2001 worlds, 2006 Ex (three numbers that were completely different)

    Boitano- Music of the night - 1988 Oly

    Kurt Browning- Casablanca Ex (93 worlds)

    Grishchuk-Platov: You'll see (1998 Oly)

    Katarina Witt- Michael Jackson's 'Bad' (1988 Oly)
  11. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

  12. timmybopper

    timmybopper Member

  13. lulu

    lulu New Member

    I forgot about this number! I remember absolutely loving it at the time.

    Great list. :)

    In additions to the ones mentioned, I also liked K&D's "Sad Waltz" from the 1998 Olympics, stylistically it was different from their more dramatic SP & LP, and I felt it was a nice prelude to their "Fly Me To The Moon" routine in 1999.
  14. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I too liked K&D's Sad Waltz.
  15. Clay

    Clay Well-Known Member

    Kwan had a way of making each performance of Fields of Gold memorable.

    The October 2001 debut at Madison Square Garden was breathtaking. Considering the events of the previous month, it was the first sense of calm I felt regarding NYC.

    The Olympic exhibition was moving and bittersweet.

    Worlds was joy and relief.

    All in all, it showcased Kwan's best skating. It never got old.
  16. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    Yes it's one of my faves too. I'm pretty sure this was the one that was to be his LP for the new season, and then he decided to retire. So glad we got to see it anyway.
  17. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    Indeed. Thanks timmybopper. That's an ethereal quality to this skating. Love it.
  18. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I adore this one:

    Golden Skate Awards 2011 - Jeffrey Buttle - Nimrod from Enigma Variations

    Too bad that his performance of this at "The Ice" 2011 seems not to be available on YT any longer.
  19. Aimless

    Aimless Active Member

    Plushenko is perhaps my least favorite champion, but his exhibition from worlds 1998 is my all time favorite exhibition program. Never again was he so hilarious, goofy, sweet, floppy, unguarded, musical, and brilliant. I just laughed with delight to watch it again. It's a hint of the skater he might have been, had he not been so relentlessly styled and packaged (just my opinion, many disagree).
    Also very fond of Yagudin's exhibition also from 98 worlds, to that funky hip-hop Mack the Knife, with those outrageous toe pick bunny hops...
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  20. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    'Sentimental waltz' by Jamie Silverstein& Jusin Pekarek (sp?) at one of the GPs- I don't remember which one and don't remember the year, but it was beautiful.
  21. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    I'm particularly fond of some of Kwan's exhibitions that I saw in person -- especially "Dante's Prayer" and "Fields of Gold" (which I think I saw 3 or 4 times and loved each performance -- it never got old for me, either).

    I don't think that I saw any of their exhibitions from GP events (they were never televised in the US), but I still remember how I was completely captivated by their exhibition at 2000 Nationals.
  22. gk_891

    gk_891 Well-Known Member

  23. pollyanna

    pollyanna In denial

    And of course, they got the idea for this from Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie who skated together in the 1992 Olympics gala to The Last Night of the World from Miss Saigon. Unfortunately it's not available on youtube.

    Another memorable gala pair - Debi Thomas and Vladimir Kotin at 1987 Worlds gala skating together to Billie Jean. They debuted this program at the inaugural 1986 Goodwill Games, a sort of "up yours" to the whole Cold War thing.

    One of my all time favorite exhibitions is Janet Lynn at the 1971 Worlds skating to her signature music, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Stunning.

    Love all of Michelle Kwan's exhibitions, especially those noted above. I always loved her Beautiful World exhibition, although I preferred the pink dress she wore in a couple of cheesefests.
  24. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    It may have been the US nationals, in that case. I don't remember which competition it was, but I have the program on a VHS tape.
  25. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

  26. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    I never did get the link you sent me of his performance at "The Ice" to open, but here's a much better version than the GSA one

    That Ina Bauer into spread eagle near the end :inavoid: :swoon:
  27. jdonavan

    jdonavan Active Member

  28. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

    I'm astonished and delighted by this. How wonderful. A Plush program that left me smiling at the end. And no mullet - bonus!
    I've never been a Plush fan, not of St Petersberg 3000, or Afternoon of a Faun or whatever it was he skated to when he was dressed in gold like a candy wrapper from head to foot. His packaging, style, choreo, and on-ice persona has always left me cold. I kept trying to see what others could see but never got it. But this! This free goofy funny unpretentious 15 yr old. What a delight. If only he'd developed along these lines :swoon:
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  29. SkateBlades17

    SkateBlades17 New Member

    Some of my favorites-

    - Michelle Kwan- Dante's Prayer, East of Eden, Fields of Gold, On My Own

    - Tara Lipinski- Anastasia, Reach

    - Belbin & Agosto- Bleeding Love

    - Torvil & Dean- Bolero

    - Grishuk & Platov- You'll See, I Will Always Love You

    - Navka & Kostomarov- In the Closet, Austin Powers

    - Phillippe Candeloro- Saturday Night Fever

    - Oksana Baiul- The Swan

    - Lu Chen- the one she skated at the 98 Olympic EX with the Lavender Dress
  30. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Great list! Glad to see a mention of G&P's "I Will Always Love You" such a gorgeous program. :)