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Your program music ideas for specific skaters or in general (competitive programs)

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Sylvia, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

  2. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I have visions of vintage Hollywood or old Soviet films (the good, iconic ones) and (pre-Gaga) Johnny Weir.
  3. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I would really love to see someone skate to Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. Specifically, the first movement. If it is edited well, I think it could work.
  4. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    ??? She skated to flamenco music (about 24 min into the ladies Nationals SP). Her LP was Salome. Help?? Would love to hear whatever/whoever it was who skated to Spirited Away. (I heard that a JGP dance team skated to Howl's Moving Castle but couldn't find any vid, as they were too obscure :)).
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Kristiene Gong skated her 2009-10 SP to "One Summer's Day" from the Spirited Away soundtrack.

    Jenni Vähämaa's 2008-09 SP was to the theme from Howl's Moving Castle.
  6. darya_russian

    darya_russian Well-Known Member

    Oh yess!! Would make a great free skate.

    I've always wanted to see a program - SP, probably - to the opening theme from Oshima's 'Gohatto'.
  7. Ladida

    Ladida Active Member

    I think "Inception" would be very nice choice for Joubert.
    I really want to see someone use music from "Les Choristes".
  8. SwingDancer

    SwingDancer Active Member

    I love all of the recommendations for Brian to skate to the soundtrack from INCEPTION, that would be AWESOME!!! But also what if he skated to TRON!!!
  9. Extranjera

    Extranjera Member

    You are so right!!! I wish I could see him skating to this music
  10. ninadel

    ninadel Active Member

    I just remember when Tomas was younger some commentators (Scott & Sandra?) compared him to Kulik.

    RiB is a good because it's jazzy yet classical, and would be best suited for a male skater that can portray boyish innocence and power at the same time. I think where Evan failed was that he wasn't able to pull of the boyish innocence bit (the 5 o'clock shadow greasy mechanic look doesn't help).

    Maybe Michal can do this piece as well, but after American in Paris I want him to stay far far away from jazz next season. Tomas and Gershwin just seem to go together... I would assume he'd just wear a blue shirt, as blue and black are his go-to colours it seems.
  11. I can't have Tomas skate to something so overused as RiB... I'd have to :lynch: him.
    He knows my opinion too, but of course he doesn't have to listen to that. ;)
  12. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Have you ever seen Ice Theater of NY's Dare Greatly program -done to an instrumental vesion of Fix You? I saw it live at EWC last year and thought it was very effective, even on its own. I do agree it would be nice to see skaters pick more contemporary pieces, even from classical music, instead of Malaguna v.2,399,876. I though Mme White Snake, the opera, had some very pretty slow sections.
  13. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Agree with this! Plus doesn't Lysacek "own" RiB? So I'm not sure it would be a smart move for any male skater to use it this soon.
  14. AnnieBgood

    AnnieBgood Active Member

    I've said this before, but..

    I'd love to see Davis & White skate to a compilation of Fiddler on the Roof songs. "sabbath prayer","Miracle of Miracles", "Sunrise Sunset", and "Chava's song".
  15. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    I just love Fiddler on the Roof. Has it been used as a fd?
  16. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    I/K's FD last year had some Fiddler mixed in with the Shindler's List.
  17. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    I didn't realize that.
  18. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    I'd like I/K to skate to "Tristan and Isolde" in a few years. Perhaps the Prelude, perhaps Liebestod. I think they have "high drama" and expressivity to pull it off.
    I alsways think of Bach for Jeremy Abbott, something like Goldberg variations, though it might not be practical for a variety of reasons. But his skating has the purity of line that has for me a direct association with "Aria" from Goldberg Variations.
    Tomas... I have to really think about it. Tomas can skate to anything, but I agree with posters above that jazz suits him perfectly. Some good jazz, 50ies- 60ies. Like Miles Davis, Stan Getz, John Coltrane... I have to think about specifics. Actually West Side Story is not a bad idea, overused though it is, it might be a good choice. Deedeelocks, if you read this- what kind of music does Tomas like himself? He is so versatile, he has to go with his preferences. One thing that stands out about him is his obvious great sense of humor, he should use it.
    I can totally see Mirai doing a " Don Quixote" program with great success.
    For years I dreamed about somebody using Chopin's g-minor Ballade... but now that Mao has a stunning EX with it, it's off the table. But Chopin is still underutilized. Concerto in e-minor can be great skating music, as can all other Ballades.

    Also, they would need to be edited, but I'd love to see a short program to Schumann/ Liszt "Widming" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0StsRrqTs_c&tracker=False (somebody like Alissa) and Rachmaninov's " Spring Waters" ( ballet/ orchestra version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqvdp64YU-U&tracker=False ( Mao?)
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  19. ninadel

    ninadel Active Member

    The thing is though, it's not *really* that overused and the only reason why a skater should stay away from "overused" music is if someone has done it to great justice *recently*, and I really don't think anyone has. Like Carmen, it's a really beautiful piece that's great for skating so it's a shame that people have adverse reactions because of its recognisability. :)

    Anywho, that's why I recommended Dick Tracy because it has some "Gershwin-like" pieces but is never used. It would be great if we could find some underused Gershwin or Bernstein pieces that tick all the boxes. I was listening to Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs which Paul Wylie skated to a few years back but it's really too agressive.

    Kurt Browning skated to a lot of jazz so I'd just look at his catalogue.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  20. ninadel

    ninadel Active Member

    Bleh, Lysacek did win worlds with RiB, true. But really did anyone remember anything about this program other than the horrible costume TT put him in for most of the season?

    I don't mean to be bashing Evan so much, as he's a worthy champion, but in terms of musicality and projecting to the audience Tomas can easily surpass this.
  21. Yeah, but still, evan won olympics and worlds with it, and there is so much other music to choose from. I sent him a long list of music and probably will send some more in the future. I'd be really disappointed if in the end he'd go for RiB.
  22. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Just because Evan won titles with it, it doesn't mean he owns it. You can win with a piece of music without owning it. I've seen the program in question, and he certainly didn't own it. I don't think he's capable of enough expression to own it. Certainly, if Tomas can express the music properly, I don't think it would be a problem. RiB is such a beautiful piece of music.
  23. Yes, but there is so much more to choose from!
  24. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Yeah, good choice for someone with such purity of edges.

    Please, no. I can't even stand that music when skated to brilliantly by John Curry. Unless the skater can live up to Curry's standard, I don't want to have to listen to it again.

    I might make an exception for a completely original anti-ballet interpretation, but I don't think that's what you had in mind.
  25. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    You are right, I meant quite traditional. I don't particularly adore the music, but there's my reasoning:
    - Between Frank and Lori, it's likely Mirai will go with old "war horses".
    - of all the current Ladies, she is the most capable of portraying Kitri, character- wise.
    - she has the "ballet look" necessary
    - I was terrified when she chose" Carmen" and yet she pulled it off; after that I think she can give a fresh look to overused material.
    Sorry you hate "DQ" ! I hope somebody someday performs it close to Curry's most amazing standart:)
  26. ninadel

    ninadel Active Member

    What were your top suggestions, then?
  27. hlp728

    hlp728 Active Member

    Just watched Return to Oz and that soundtrack was gorgeous. Not sure who could skate to it but if I could I would.
  28. edonice

    edonice New Member

    This might be tough music to skate to, but there's a lot of emotion and variation in it. I think of Mirai when I hear it, since I think it would help her develop a more mature style, but it would be a nice challenge for any of the more artistic skaters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aG6c_1RkJ4&feature=related

    I also think of Mirai when I hear Ravel's String Quartet in F (from the Royal Tenenbaums). It's light and quick, like her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhN0RRlLhDg

    Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone' would be an amazing show program for Jeremy Abbot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

    It would also be fun to see someone skate to Mint Royale's version of 'Singing in the Rain', maybe in tribute to Kurt Browning's version. Again, I can only think of Jeremy Abbott: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU8t_fqvUZo

    I'd love to see Alissa Czisny skate to the music from the ballet 'The Leaves are Fading': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j4CA_DvbkA (music starts around 1:15). The music has a lot of variation, and as a heavily ballet trained skater, I think she'd like the ballet history behind the music.

    Philip Glass' 'Metamorphosis 1' would be an good choice for Alissa, too, because it's more powerful than she's used to but still has that lyricism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il4VDf-ugPI

    I'm also surprised that nobody ever skates to Prokofiev's 'Cinderella', especially since so many of the other ballets are overused: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJisNyWDC0I

    The music from 'In the mood for love' is gorgeous, too, sweeping and dramatic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U66BEZIln8Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdReiC3heu8

    That's what I've got!
  29. edonice

    edonice New Member

    Oh, and Janelle Monae's 'Tightrope' would be such a fun show program for Mirai Nagasu, especially since she's had kind of an up and down year and just needs to believe in herself! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc