-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
A little while ago, I watched a recorded broadcast of “Dream on Ice (DOI)”, the ice show in Yokohama from July 25 to 27, 2010, in which Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada performed their new exhibition programs for the first time.
Japanese skaters seem to be at work on the upcoming season steadily.
I’m very happy to write about figure skating based on credible information again, not on the ludicrous tips grew out of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering.
Akiko Suzuki (鈴木明子)
She showed us her new SP, “Jealousy", gorgeous Tango. She was in her element. I can’t wait for the season.
Kanako Murakmi (村上佳菜子)
The 15-year old world junior champion is going to take part in senior competitions from this season. Her new exhibition number is “Be Italian (from musical NINE)”, and she was trying to perform mature program.
Narumi Takahashi (高橋成美) & Mervin Tran
The long-absent Japanese pair after Kawaguchi seemed to have a long way to go. Keep going!
Lambiel gracefully slid and spun on the ice with a jazzy show number.
Plushenko performed his last season exhibition program,“Malade.” He put on a bit of weight. His skating was below the mark because of his leg, but anyway, he skated like a king.
They are so popular in Japan. Female audiences gave screams of delight….
Laura Lepistö’s number was “Jupiter (by Holst)” arranged in contemporary style by a Japanese female musician. Is she going to use the song with Japanese lyrics for her exhibition? Maybe, it was just for Japanese audiences. Good girl.
Miki Ando (安藤美姫)
Her program was “Comin’ Home Baby by Herbie Mann.” She skated with a hat in her hands. This Broadway musical style program is really fan to watch.
Daisuke Takahashi (高橋大輔)
“Amélie” that Lambiel has choreographed for Daisuke was a center of attention. I already heard of the program because some of the audiences posted comments online on the first day of the show. The comments can be summarized as follows. Takahashi looked like so ‘petit Lambiel’ that they couldn’t find his advantage over Lambiel except his shapely buttocks. Now it’s a knock-off version of Lambiel, but he’s going to re-create it in his own image.
I agree with them and hope the collaboration would give him a new freedom of expression.
He performed a triple axel as usual.
Mao Asada (浅田真央)
She performed her new exhibitions program, “Ballade No.1 by Chopin”. I’m glad to see grown up Mao wearing a pure white costume inspired by a ballerina. She's great with Chopin.
Everyone! Delicate and lyrical Mao is back!
But, it’s not just the way she used to be. She has the additional attraction of strength and elegance. She performed the music like a real ballerina.
It's a pity that I cannot show you the skaters photos because I’m complying with copyright.
Please find them on other sites.
The videos of the show would be uploaded to TouTube shortly, so don't miss them!
I return thanks to Dance Factory offering the beautiful ballet dancer.