Stars on Ice

Kurt Browning Program Information

Program: Casablanca
Artist: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Choreographer: Sandra Bezic

Performances: 1992 W. Canadian Divisionals
1993 Canadian Championships (competition and exhibition version)
1993 World Championships (competition and exhibition version)
1993 CSOI (show version)
1993 Skate Canada
1994 Canadian Championships
1994 Lillehammer Olympics
1997 Battle of the Sexes II
2010 Celebration on Ice

Photos: http://www.kurtfiles.com/pics/index.php?search=casablanca

CDs: Casablanca Soundtrack

Musical clip(s): Casablanca

Lyrics: instrumental

Artist website: http://www.filmsite.org/casa.html

Random facts: Casablanca is probably one of Kurt's most famous programs, next to
Singing in the Rain. At the time, it marked a creative departure for
both Kurt and the sport of figure skating, as one of the first
successful programs featuring the skater acting as a character, in
this case Humphrey Bogart's character from Casablanca. Sandra Bezic
and Kurt worked carefully together creating the character and a set of
moves that would fit the character. In this program, the jumps became
almost secondary. Although Kurt would later (2000) look back at this
program and point out its deficiencies at fully taking advantage of
the music (find actual quote), this program is still renowned as one
of the best men's long programs in Olympic history. Kurt's fine
performance of this number is what brought him up from 12th place
after the short to 5th overall at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.
Kurt also performed an exhibition version of this number to "As Time
Goes By," using a different cut of music with quotes from the movie
spliced in, but performing the same character. In 2010, the
Celebration on Ice tour did a "Champions" medley number, revisiting
the career-defining programs of five great Canadian champions - Kurt
Browning, Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Joannie Rochette, and Jeffrey
Buttle. As part of it, Kurt performed an abbreviated version of
"Casablanca", adapted by Brian Orser.