PyeongChang Olympic will be closed tomorrow. Before the closing ceremony, we can enjoy figure skating Exhibition Gala. The Gold medalistYuzuru Hanyu will present “Notte Stellata (The Swan)“.
Last season, he showed the same theme and deeply impressed us after intense Quads battles. The program was delightful especially for me, because his Swan was filled with supreme beauty of Cross-Gender Performance, my study theme.
I am suggesting the importance of cross-gender art performance expressing the beauty beyond gender or biased gender ideology. In my master thesis about the theme focused on men’s single figure skating,I indicated Swan as metaphor of cross-gendered beauty with examples of memorial performances by Alexei Urmanov, Evgeni Plushenko, and Johnny Weir. I hesitated to add Sochi Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu’s Gala Swan “White Legend” to this stream, however, I heard he explained his costume designed by Weir as mixture of male and female elements, and concluded the thesis with his Swan.
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Just before men’s single figure skating game in PyoengChang Olympic, I would like to my favorite figure skaters, Adam Rippon (USA) and Misha Ge (Uzbekistan), as well as three Japanese athletes. Some may wonder why I chose them instead of major quad jumpers. It is just because I am a writer of “Gender-Crossing in Men’s Single Figure Stating ―Focused on Performances in Olympics in the Early 21st Century―”. In Torino and Vancouver Olympic, Johnny Weir demonstrated the beauty and sensuality beyond gender ideology. After Weir’s retire, we currently can find cross-gender beauty in their performance. However, they aren’t successors to Weir, because they have been pursuing their own styles. Anyway, it is very delightful for me to see cross-gender performance on Olympic rink.
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彼がFSプログラムに選んだ音楽「フラミンゴの飛来」は、動物自然環境ドキュメンタリー映画『The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos』のサウンドトラック曲であるが、彼のフラミンゴはワイルドながらナチュラルとは言えない。ファンタジックでシュールな、架空の鳥のようである。
前の記事でも触れた通り、筆者の研究テーマの一つは、ジェンダーを超越した美の表現、クロスジェンダーパフォーマンスである。この研究テーマで論じた修士論文と小論文において、フィギュアスケートにおけるクロスジェンダーパフォーマンスの象徴として取り上げたのは、ウルマノフ、プルシェンコ、そしてジョニー・ウィアーらの歴史的プログラムのモチーフとなったスワン（白鳥）であった。 Continue reading “アダム・リッポン、独創的なフラミンゴで新しい美の境地を開く”
Adam Rippon had done! He played perfect FS performance “Arrival of the Birds / Exodus (from The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos), impressed his unique beauty at the Olympic stage. The music is from nature documentary film, however, his flamingo is not so natural, but rather dreamy and surreal like a fantasy bird.
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I respect art performance beyond gender ideology and have been studying about the cultural history and the essence of the beauty. After Sochi Olympic, I wrote a master’s thesis and an essay on cross-gender performance in men’s single figure stating in winter Olympics in the early 21st century. In my study I suggested swan as beautiful and aggressive image, or positive “Gender Trouble” (Judith Butler) metaphor, by showing the examples of unforgettable performances by Alexei Urmanov, Evgeni Plushenko, Johnny Weir, etc. Continue reading “Adam Rippon’s creative Flamingo opened the new era of figure skating cross-gender performance.”