>> but I have a hard time identifying with G&P's Requiem number--it seems
>> to me that they do all of these magnificent moves to monotonous music,
>> moves that do not show any relation to the theme of the music's title.
>> It seemed to me, IMHO, that they just did the moves to show they could
>> do them.
>Maybe this is a matter of taste? You know, people like different
>styles. I happen to be a fan of Michael Nyman (the composer), and I
>think his music is really emotional (including this piece). But hey,
>why should other people agree with me?
I don't think hypatia was necessarily having a problem with the
music as much as with how the choreography relates to the
music. I have to agree with her. It seemed like they would
do a difficult trick, then do some stroking, then do another difficult
trick. I didn't feel that there was much flow in the program in
terms of choreography (and not in terms of G&P's skills). I
didn't feel like the tricks belonged together. And you could
definitely see where they were setting up for a trick (at times).
When I watch a performance, I like to feel that the skater(s) does
something because the music or their emotions is making them do
it, not because their choreographer is. I don't see that with
this program. (BTW, the trick that I think is the best example of
what I'm talking about (to the best of my memory-I have no
plans to watch the program again anytime in the near future)
is when she is curled up in a ball and Evgeny places her on
his skates (I hope I've described it adequately)). That may be
difficult, but it seems like such a throw away move to me in
terms of relating to the music. I like for a performance to make
me feel what a performer is feeling, but while watching G&P's
program, I didn't really feel anything. I have no idea if any of
what I've mentioned goes into the judging of the program (I'm
currently thinking it doesn't:), but certainly is *the* reason why I
don't like this program. BTW, I rather like the music, and, in the
hands of a different choreographer (who, I don't know), the
program could have been quite memorable.
On the other hand, maybe I'm just as dense as hypatia, and the
program is a masterpiece:).