Tag: #crossgenderperformance

Fantasy On Ice 2018 幕張 レビュー

至高の至高のスケーターが一堂に会するアイスショー、Fantasy On Ice を今年も堪能してまいりました。アイスクリスタル会員の最先行予約抽選に当選し、5月26日 幕張公演のプレミア席をゲット。FaOI生鑑賞はもう4回目ですが、私にとっては今回が最高!深めのクリティークは後にして、まずはジェネラル・レビューから。
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Yuzuru Hanyu “Notte Stellata” ―”The Swan” is flying from Olympic rink.

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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Enchanted by his inner Swan ― Yuzuru Hanyu’s SP and his Gurardian Swan

Yuzuru Hanyu‘s SP (Short Program) won the 1st place in Figure Skating Men’s Single Individual game.

Since he was injured his foot by challenging of Quad Lutz, he has not  competed before the Olympic. Beyond all the challenges and struggles with himself, he achieved the highest score of men’s single Olympians.

In my opinion, for competitions, especially Olympic, it would be better to use famous refined classical music for SP, to represent the essence of figure skaters themselves first of all, instead of entertaining some special characters. So, I am happy that Hanyu selected  Chopin‘s Ballade No. 1 as 2017-18 season’s SP.

Although loving his universal and abstract performance, I saw “Swan” in his SP. Continue reading “Enchanted by his inner Swan ― Yuzuru Hanyu’s SP and his Gurardian Swan”

Adam Rippon’s creative Flamingo opened the new era of figure skating cross-gender performance.

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.”