2012 skate canada - articles

Excerpt from Icenetwork "Virtue and Moir turn up the heat with Carmen free" --

This season, Marina Zoueva has brought the drama.

The coach and choreographer wanted to show a different side of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, so she turned to a story and music that spells passion like no other: Bizet's Carmen.

"The best thing about Tessa and Scott is their connection, how they are a man and woman on the ice," Zoueva said. "They always performed in a lyrical way, a lovely way. This is the first time in their careers they are showing love in a dramatic way, and that is number one."

There's nothing lyrical about Virtue and Moir's Carmen free dance. It is profoundly modern and stylized, punctuated by staccato bursts and angular upper-body movements. There's hot desire mixed with seething rage, just barely controlled, and it explodes in the program's two ending lifts, including an almost-wild rotational.

"We took every move we've done for 15 years, and tried to eliminate those and only come up with moves that add to our story," Virtue said.


Globe-trotting duo returns to Budweiser Gardens in March (London Free Press)
Which figure skater makes the best Carmen? (CBC)
Virtue and Moir go Carmen vs Carmen at Skate Canada (CBC)
Virtue and Moir engage in new battle of Carmens (Hamilton Spectator)
Mel's Skate Canada Blog: Hello from Windsor (Ice-dance.com)
Mel's Skate Canada Blog: Brought to You By Insomnia (Ice-dance.com)

short dance

A slight edge (TSN)
Steamy, sensual free dance a departure for Virtue and Moir (Canadian Press)
Duff: Virtue, Moir hold slim lead at Skate Canada (Windsor Star)
Italians play even with Virtue, Moir in Short Dance (Icenetwork)
Virtue, Moir win Short Dance by a narrow margin (Golden Skate)

free dance

Virtue, Moir's Carmen as good as gold (TSN)
Virtue, Moir steal the show with a golden performance (Canadian Press)
Ice dancer cop gold with a steamy free dance (Toronto Star)
Virtue, Moir turn up the heat with Carmen free (Icenetwork)
Enough to make them sick (Toronto Sun)
IFS blog
Skate Canada: How much intensity in the battle of the Carmens! (Italian)
Mel's Skate Canada Blog: A day of freeskates (Ice-dance.com)
Alexandra Stevenson (Ice Skating International)
Sonia Bianchetti Garbato (Ice Skating International)
Virtue and Moir Golden (Golden Skate)
Virtue & Moir debut dazzling 'Carmen' at Skate Canada(CBC)


Some like it hot (Russian)**
Northern Lights #21: Skate Canada Wrap up (Ice-dance.com)
Maxim Staviski commenting in Russian***
Battle of the Carmens (Rinkside Cafe)
Igor's reaction (Russian)*


Nick Verreos' costume review


* for translations, check out the facebook group, fsu, or Google translator
** for translations, check out fsu or Google translator
*** for translations, check fsu or Google translator

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