One thing I really, really love about Mao’s recent programs is that they are a bit of a throwback to the great skating styles of old. The classic, gorgeous styles that sustained ladies skating through the 1980s and 1990s. Beautiful choreography with big arm and leg movements that emphasize line and basic moves like spread eagles, arabesque spirals and long, deep edges that emphasize the beauty in simplicity. Choreography that uses repetition in way that highlights certain movements ballet style, but does not get boring. She perfectly demonstrates this with her light, artful programs this year, and next season I would love to see Mao skate to something huge and operatic with swelling violins, and the quiet drama of her “My Country” exhibition this year. Dare I say…something “Nessun Dorma”-esque (though not that!). Something powerful, but no t Bells-of-Mosow-powerful, a sweeping orchestral that pulls on the heartstrings.
Mao is already a legend in her own right, and her programs this season, and no more over-the-boot tights (:D), no matter who wins or what place she is in, makes me feel like I am watching one of the all-time greats.
Anyways, as always, GO MAO!!!