Chrysler Stars on Ice Review - Saskatoon, SK - April 27, 2001
written by Erin
Since there have already been several reviews of SOI, I won't do a full
blow-by-blow account, but some of the various thoughts I had from the
This show was very poorly advertised, especially before tickets went on
sale, so we managed to get lucky and get on-ice seats just by buying on
the first day (definitely the best luck I've had with tickets so far).
It's sure going to be hard going back to sitting far away; once you've
had the up close experience, not much else will do.
I'm no Maria Butyskaya fan, but I'll have to disagree with whoever said
that she didn't fit in with SOI; I thought she adapted to the
choreography very well and if anyone looked a little uncomfortable
during the 2000 AD number, it was Yagudin.
Speaking of Yagudin, I've been a "semi-fan" of his ever since seeing his
97-98 LP and I've liked him a bit more every season, but he's finally
won me over completely after seeing him live. Gladiator was amazing and
I'm so happy I was able to see it in person. The emotion he puts into
his performance blows me away every time I see him skate this program
and seeing it live is even more mind-boggling. I sure hope Alexei
decides to come to Skate Canada again, as I'd love to see him compete
Josee Chouinard had a great jump night, landing a triple lutz, salchow
and toe-loop in her "Can't Fight the Moonlight" program. I'm not crazy
about the program, though; I love the music and I love Josee, but I just
don't really find the song to be "skateable".
Only Brian Orser (or possibly Kurt Browning) could actually make me like
a program to Kenny G-ish music like "Against All Odds". I found that
the program really built to the end and is one of those ones that works
better live than on TV.
This was my first time seeing Scott Hamilton live and I was very glad to
get to see him before he retires, but watching him did make me really
regret never getting the chance to see him at his best. Even though
it's obvious that he's slowed down a lot, his pure "showmanship" was
still a treat to watch.
Kurt looked like he was trying a triple axel in Bring Him Home, but
ended up with a messy double. Still, the program itself was amazing.
The earlier incarnation of Bring Him Home was one of the few Kurt
programs I didn't really like, but 10 years of experience and some more
mature choreography has turned the current program into one of his best.
I was disappointed that Don't Fence Me In has been drastically cut (I'd
heard it was shorter, but wasn't prepared for it to be that short), but
since Kurt seems to be pretty busy in the second half, he probably
needed a bit of a break!
Nyah brought the house down--this, along with Gladiator and
Bourne/Kraatz's "Histoire D'Amour", was the highlight of the night for
me. It just gave me goose bumps and was over before I even knew it.
As for the group numbers: I enjoyed the opening more than I thought I
would (I usually find the opening and closing numbers a little dull);
Tunnel Vision, like the clown number two years ago, works much better
live than on TV; the chair number was clever and innovative; Sin Wagon
was cute, but it's very obvious that Kurt's the cowboy of the group; and
the closing number was pretty unremarkable except for when Brian Orser
was skating out, much of the audience was laughing at something and it
turned out that Shae-Lynn's dress came undone at the back and Victor was
trying to fix it for her.