SOI Review - Minneapolis, MN - Jan. 27, 2000
written by Mandy
I just got back from the Minneapolis show. And wouldn't you know,
there WERE two show in Minneapolis after all! I didn't find out
about it until I read it on FSW yesterday afternoon so I missed the
first show that was supposedly for Target employees...
Anyways, I'd have to say that this year's tour is great as usual, but
not one of my favorites. It seemed to be lacking an overall theme
and especially for the usual closing number at the end of the first
act which is usually my fav part of the show.
I really liked the programs for this year, but I didn't really care for
the cast photo so I didn't get one.
Let's see....the opening number to the Kodo drums was very
modern, which was what I decided they must have been going for
with their theme for this year. Must be like a Millenium/modern
theme. I didn't really care for the opening costumes, though...
Kurt's Rag-GIDON-time was fun since it was the first time I'd seen
it in person and his jumping was ON. He even landed his 3toe/3toe
but his nose flew off during that combination! A little improvisation
and yelping and he got back into the rest of the program.
I have to say that I appreciate his humor, but the whole deal with
him being a clown the ENTIRE show didn't really fit...I thought it
was a little awkward..
Okay. I've never really said that I've liked one discipline in skating
over another but this year I've really decided that I LOVE ICE
DANCING! I was very impressed wtih Roca/Sur's "Ghost". It was
lovely and breathtaking. I think with so much emphasis being
placed on jumps in the amateur world I'm just so excited to see
choreography and dance is a great place to find it! :)
Katia's ribbon routine was lovely...I think it's most effective when
she does her spins..
Looking at the program, I don't really remember Ilia's "Blues for
Narada" so it must have been short or something....
Meno & Sand did a great job on Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing...they
have some very effective, crowd-pleasing moves. :) I was just
impressed cause it's such a change in style for them. It was nice.
Then there was the whole Genie in a Bottle program...again...Kurt
comes out as a clown and then Denis and Gorsha in the Harem
outfits...It was cute but just really out of place to me! ah well...
Now, I am enjoying Tara's programs more and more as a pro but
the two she does on tour don't really impress me. I loooved the
Secret Garden routine she did at Ice Wars.
Her jumping was on -- still doing the 3lutz! She has one of the
cleanest takeoffs for the 3salchow -- I love it!
The Old Friends ensemble was nice and I love Kristi's "Bridge Over
Troubled Water", but again, I am a sucker for the previous theme
ensemble routines that close out the first act....like the Olympic
Spoof and last year's Clowns...
Okay. I really liked LuLu in her amateur days but the poor thing
just can't jump anymore and I am really tired of seeing her do these
vampy routines, as I think a lot of people have stated
before...therefore, I didn't really care for the "Luv Me Luv Me"
routine.. and of course it started with Kurt as a clown on the couch
and being scared or embarassed or something about watching
Kristi and Lu flirt with all the guys...i dunno!
I do have say that Steven Cousins has some MOVES...that guy
can dance on his skates.
Keeping with the awkward clown theme -- next was the duet with
Kurt and Tara. I have been talking with my friend about
professional skating and how we think it would be cool to have a
woman start doing the comedic style like Kurt and Scott, and I
think that Tara has potential. I thought she worked well with Kurt
for their duet (as weird as the concept was)...so this was fun
Next was Katia and Ilia's pair routine...okay -- scary moment. he
kind of hesitated on the lift where he holds her by the stomach over
his head and she's pretty much stretched out like an airplane (this
is the best way I could think to describe it! sorry!). well he
hesitated and they sort of wobbled but eventually got it up. I think
their timing was a little off, but on the whole it was really nice to
see Katia doing those pairs moves..
Next was Kurt's Play that Funky Music. It was very good. It was
lacking a little bit of the speed, and that kind of affects the footwork
but he landed all of his jumps cleanly...that's always nice! :) I
enjoyed the pants, I think it's the first time I've seen them in person.
Then was Kristi's Smooth, and I think we've had discussions about
this number so I won't go into it. But her dress is now hot pink. I
thought it used to be red...
Next was Ilia's Baseball Cap number. WOW. It was really
complicated, and you could recognize some of the ways he
handled the hat in comparison with Torvill/Dean's Red Hat
number...but that's not to say it wasn't excellent -- because it was.
If anyone can pick up the footwork where Kurt and Scott are
concerned, I think Ilia has the potential. I'd also like to see that
kind of footwork in professional ladies routines...I think that would
Then was Tara's American Woman...umm...I like the song! The
program just really didn't do anything for me. And I think she
doubled a 3flip..
And the scene stealer was Scott with his Don Quixote. The crowd
was one easily impressed by backflips, so with two of them back
to back he got the first standing ovation of the evening.
I loved the closing number song and costumes....much more
effective than the opening..but it started with Clown Kurt on top of
the tunnel being silly again...just a little too much of Kurt the Clown
for my taste...
THEN. Scott got on the microphone and told us to stay put
because they had a special treat for us. Since Target is the new
sponsor and Target stores are Minneapolis-based Scott dubbed
Minneapolis as their new "home town" and they gave us a special
performance. They were all dressed in red with the white Target
bulls-eye on their chests and they skated a variation of the opening
number to "It's the Sign of the Times" which is the song they use
on the Target commercials. It was very cheesey/funny and the
audience really enjoyed it cause Scott kept plugging Minneapolis! :)
So, next year I'll have to remember to go up a day early and see if I
can catch the so called "private show" they put on for the Target