She's so good. She did one of the only pieces on VM in the past that sounded as if it were written by an adult for adults - the interview about Igor's departure.
I love this part:
All of their lifts are new, of course. Virtue and Moir discussed using their famed “Goose” lift, but binned the idea. “We don’t want to look like vintage Virtue and Moir,” he said. “We love the Goose and it’s a fan favourite, but we don’t want to turn on the TV and watch what we did four years ago, and turn it on again in 2014, and have people ask: ‘What have they done in the last four years?’”
As people might ask, watching Davis White: If they're so good why didn't they win in 2009 when they did this program at the Staples Center?
Besides, Virtue and Moir insist that lifts must add to the program and be part of it, rather than looking as if they are included for the sole purpose of gaining points.
I haven't seen a DW lift yet that looked like it was created to fit their program.
Virtue and Moir are as good as, but very different skaters than, Gordeeva and Grinkov, so the fact that the theme of the free dance is, as expected, also the theme of G&G's 1994 pairs long program doesn't mean they'll have a similar dynamic. (The article doesn't point that out but G&G's was "their story" and this is "VM's story.")
I think a lot of people will be amused by the description of the "storm part" (Scott's word) when VM confront "external chaos" and have to figure their way out.
What - can't you get out the way you got in?
Or did that external chaos just randomly visit itself upon you? How, HOW do you get out of the chaos?
I can't even riff on that.*
It seems to me they have taken inspiration from Carmen in one respect - the audience watching Carmen waited the entire program for the moment Tessa launched into the rotational at the end. The electricity in the crowd was palpable every time. Smith says this program's finale highlights back-to-back rotational lifts, which IMO is smart in a program that's going to otherwise showcase man woman harmony using classical movement. Not to mention Smith tells us the rotational lifts start before the finale music, which is a quintessential Marina device to extend momentum and create suspense, so the excitement is already at a pitch, and the start of the finale music mid-element explodes it.
P.S. - if past is precedent, cue the insta-drop of the latest up-the-despicable-ante in the Cassandra and Scott parade of photo dickography. He and Tessa just talked about "their story" with Beverly Smith. Maybe Scott will try for third base to counterprogram WHAT THEY CHOSE TO SAY. Or Scott will show us how well he's getting to know Cassandra's tonsils. He and Tessa are trying to figure a way out of the chaos - creating even more has been their go to.
P.P.S. - as terrific as this article is, I like how it showcases that words are just sounds to VM, not how people communicate meaning and information. When they were in Russia for 2011, they were sick of the Goose - everybody was sick of the Goose! Now they love the Goose - so much they actually considered putting it in their free dance, but then realized that would be lame.
No they didn't, but saying they considered it lets them make a point.
*Well, yes I can. Just - and not to take it all overly literally - one would think you'd figure a way out of the chaos BEFORE bringing an innocent child into your world. For many people that would be the priority.