Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:02 am
Hello I couldn't post where I was for the last several months because this site is blocked in some parts of the world. So, this post is composed of some of the old and new about Mao. †
Here is the link to a great review of Mao's Ritual Dance SP by cohkaix who saw it twice: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?38067-Mao-Asada/page230
Here was my impression of the performance: I love Mao's costume and the picturesque positions she hits through out the performance. The illusion fabric and light flowing and feathery design remind me a lot of her Rach II costume, though it is more revealing and gives Mao more freedom of motion. I also love the multi- directional steps and quick rapid turns she does throughout the performance, some of which remind me a bit of the exhibition. I am also impressed with the mix of refined elegance, wild abandon and precision in both the music and Mao's choreography and interpretation. Mao is just so beautiful in her skating, expression, costume, look and overall aura in this performance. It is so classy and sophisticated. I think Mao may be limited by the reduced size of the rink because it seems she has to slow down a bit so as not to hit the boards especially in the jumps. I think this is kind of a compliment because it reveals how much of the rink Mao covers so easily with smooth, unobtrusive speed and how expansive her rink coverage is. So, I can't wait to see Mao perform it in a full sized rink with a triple axel. I just wish there were a higher quality version of this performance.
I really like the spread eagle into the fluid 3F / 2L and quick running steps out of the beautiful 3L.
It strikes me as being quite different from Gracie's performance of Firebird.
Here is the link to a great performance of Mao's Cello Suite during her last stop in The Ice. Thanks to cohkaix for posting.
Mao's 16-17 Ex Bach Cello suite (From The Ice Kitakyushyu show, thanks to the uploader): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfFjD47EmSk
My views: I love this new costume and program so much. I think it is a delightful combination of the classic and modern like the new costume which is more beautiful because of the the sleek dress with slits in the skirt giving it a modern look and the pleats giving it a classic look. Plus, It compliments Mao's figure more and gives her more freedom of movement because it looks lighter and looser and her performances matched this because she was more relaxed and had more dynamic range and more acceleration and commitment in her jumps. Every element flowed smoothly and elegantly into one another with no separation. Her movements are incredibly intricate, symmetrical and beautifully refined with completion and full extension. It is like a combination of the best that school figures, rhythmic gymnastics and ballet have to offer all rolled out on the sharp blades of Mao's skates with fine athleticism and aesthetic precision, as she prances through a dazzling array of twirls, pirouettes, illusion spins, precise turns, holds her blade in an arc through an arabesque and throws in a gorgeous triple flip, loop and double axel. The skating skills are stellar. Her arm movements are lovely and refined. One of the most beautiful exhibitions I have ever seen. I think Mao is in her own league.
This is a response to those who liked her old costume more than the new one. Actually, this didn't bother me so much. It was just that so few commented on what to me was such a great performance with qualities that are unique to Mao and more dazzling that any of the other women skaters.
One of the things I like best about Mao's performances is how they make me think outside the box and see things in an innovative way, which I think is the hallmark of great artistry. I believe Mao specifically said she was aiming for a mix of something modern and classical in her Cello Suite performance. The old costume while really nice seemed strictly classical almost like a period piece to me and I didn't feel as much of Mao's unique character in the new costume or in the first performance I saw. I believe she said something like she wanted to take a musical piece that was a bit lacking in dynamics that made her work to give it her own interpretation and allowed her to fill in her own spaces. Mao loves jazz dance and this reminds me a bit of what a jazz soloist, like a trumpet or saxophone player does when improvising on a rhythm and melody laid down by a piano and giving it their own interpretation that compliments and enhances the original. Though I liked Mao's first performance in in the first costume, it seemed a bit cautious, unlike the second performance in Kitakyushu. I felt Mao really opened up in this performance and gave her own interpretation with more vitality and confidence. Consistence with this, the flow in and out of the jumps, coupled with their great height, distance and elegance created marvelous continuity in between the elements. I am glad that Mao eventually changed her first Puttin on the Ritz costume last season because it seemed like it was constraining her movements too much, which I thought might be causing trouble with her jumps and concentration in her performances (besides the one at Worlds was more beautiful). While the first Cello Suite costume didn't look that heavy, the frilly material looks as if it would create more interference because it is less aerodynamic, whereas I think the light, sleek material in the new outfit gives Mao much more freedom of movement and expression. Besides, Mao looks more youthful and beautiful to me in the new costume.
I didn't think a lot about costumes affecting the quality of Mao's performance until I heard something about Mao's first Rach II costume that she wore at Skate America being a bit stiff, hard to move in, or heavy. I really can't remember which, so Mao wore a black and blue costume, until a new one that looked almost identical to the original blue one was made. I think it may have been a gift from Tatiana Tarasova, but I can't remember. The new costume was one of her most beautiful and gave her the freedom to display some of her greatest quality of skating ever in the Sochi LP and Worlds LP.
Here is a beautiful edit from Mao's Ritual Fire Dance performance:
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:11 pm
Hello everyone! The season has finally started and I can't wait to see Mao! I'm not sure what to think about her programs this year. I really like her short and can't wait to see it in a competition after a a couple of months of polishing it. But to have the same long program? I'm not sure about this. Knowing Mao, she wouldn't have used this plan unless it's working, so I expect her LP to be great, I just can't help but wonder how the judges will see this.
I really like her costume for SP, I hope she keeps it. With a dark red lipstick and dramatic eye make-up, she'd look out of this world stunning. I also hope she'll be able to overcome her UR issues. The judges are dropping her, not that they were in love with her in the first place, so she needs to find consistency to get back into their good graces. For example, consistency did wonders for Wagner. And yes, I am fully aware that some of those UR's have been invented, or probably looked at through a magnifying glass, while most others were given the benefit of the doubt. I'm still angry at that.
Here's to the new season, and hopefully this year, Mao will be treated fairly, or to put it better, hopefully she'll be just as overscored as everyone else, instead of being screwed over.
Cello Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMCGGlPOUU
OMG. This is absolutely stunning. I hate the costume, but the program is to die for. I dare all those skaters who got PCS over 70 this past season, to try to skate to this program. They can't! And yet their SS scores are higher than Mao's. I just can't...
An unrelated topic to Mao, but Marin Honda tweeted the below before she left for JGP at Ljubljana a few days ago. We can easily understand her determination at a glance.
https://twitter.com/marin_honda/status/777896792910209026 As Alina Zagitova already won at JGP France and I really like Marin and Rika Kihira, Iíll cheer for these two!
I also love Marin, her SS are to die for. She's practically floating over the ice. Unfortunately, she seems to be strugling with her nerves in the SP. She's curently in 4th, with the 8 points behind Kihira, and almost 11 points behind Alina. There's no way she can beat them if both of these girls skate clean, or almost clean. So we'll see if she'll make it to GPF. For now, it doesn't look like it. I hope she'll get it together, she has a real star quality.
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:17 pm
Thanks to yhma fan for posting these tweets and pictures of skaters who wished Mao happy Birthday. They are all nice, but Adelina's is the most impressive. She wrote such a beautiful birthday wish to Mao. I can really feel how deep her admiration is and how much warmth there is between them as shown in the picture. Adelina knows English really well or was this translated.
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:18 pm
Oh my gosh I am so late!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAO!!! You are such an inspiration to each person in this world, not just because you are a magnificent skater but also because of your character. Thank you for being such an astounding and admirable figure!!! We love you!!!
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:13 am
Mao left for Finland. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...-dal-spo&pos=1 According to this article, she won't do 3A this time. I think it's good to gear up gradually. o
Oh, I can't wait to see her new programs in competition. Not going for 3A at the moment is great idea. I hope she"ll concentrate on 3-3 instead, and only go for 3A when it's consistent and preferably later in the season. She is so much more than just this one jump. IMO,the media in Japan needs to get over it. However, she does need 3-3 in both of her programs if she wants to keep up with the russian jumping beans. Anyhow, I hope she'll have a fantastic competition and will kick some serious butt. Go Mao!
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:57 pm
Thanks to rosewood for posting this link to a video of Mao being interviewed at the airport in Helinski for the Finlandia Trophy. rosewood said sorry for not having time time to translate and that she looked relaxed and confortable. Her catch phrase here was "Mao-pace" coughmypacecough She will not rush this season she meant. https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video...4d0ISVcQTg.mp4
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:48 am
^ ugh I can't see the video on my phone. † It's great to hear that she looks relaxed, and I absolutely love the phrase "Mao-pace". thanx for posting the news WowMao. I can't wait to see her in competition. Tomorrow can't come soon enough. I hope there will be a live stream.
Subject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season! Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:10 pm
Mao's SP at Finlandia trophy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESRq5-574EY
I love this SP! It's clear that it's still a work in progress, but this has potential to be beyond awesome. However, she does need to bring a higher difficulty. A SP with 2A, 3-2, simply won't be enough to keep up with the top girls. I get it, it's still early in the season, but for GP she needs either a 3A, or 3-3, IMO of course. I can't wait for tomorrow, to see what her LP looks like.
She lost a level on step sequence, and got -goe on 3Lo. In PCS, the judge number 6 gave her 6.75 (SS), 6.50 (TR), 6.75 (PE), 6.50 (composition), 6.75 (interpretation). I'm just speechless... I don't know what's wrong with this person, but he/she clearly needs to take more seminars on how to properly judge a figure skater. Everyone else, aside the judges number 7 and 8, gave her pretty much all 8s.