A Few Music Announcements From May
After Zagitova, Sotskova top skater to announce in May; one other announcement followed by sneak peek.
May was a month of a bunch of coaching changes and quite a few ice shows. One of the latter, Prince Ice World in Japan, even saw the first debut of a full high-profile competitive program for next season, in the form of Rika Hongo’s Kill Bill short. And when skaters weren’t skating in shows, a lot of them were going to their choreographers of choice and getting their programs done. But while there were a number of announcements of who those choreographers were, there were very few announcements of what music those programs would be to. Most skaters who are willing to announce this early did so in April. The rest will make us wait until suspense has been better raised.
The biggest announcement, in fact, was eclipsed by one of the coaching changes. It was only right before the news broke that Evgenia Medvedeva was leaving their coach that we got the short program music of she who beat her to Olympic gold. The fact that her coach had chosen Phantom of the Opera for Alina Zagitova while she and Medvedeva were off touring in Japan was taken by many as further justification for the latter’s departure. It’s an overused choice at best.
After Zagitova, by far the highest-profile skater to properly specify either of her music choices this month was Maria Sotskova. The first part of her interview was about her recent and planned scholastic career, which she will do alongside her skating, and included the detail that she was so upset after the way the Olympics and World Championships went the stress helped make her ill. But in the second half she got into her programs. Especially since after mostly skating to classical music, this season she’s going to experiment with more popular styles. Although all we know of the short program is that it’s to Latin music. Her free skate, on the other hand, is to “Summertime.” That’s going to be well represented this season; she’s the second skater who’s said she’s using it. Although she still didn’t specify which version.
Her choreographer, Peter Tchernyshev, is having a busy summer. Next week he’ll be doing Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin’s free dance. They haven’t specified any musical pieces they’re using, but they have now said the free dance will be to a faster blues piece. Which they might just be good at. At least it’s unlikely to be as cringeworthy as the music they used last year.
The most recent announcement was in Friday, from World Junior Champions Daria Pavliuchenko & Denis Khodykin. They gave a very information interview to Goldenskate, in which they discussed their free program along with their preparation to move up to the senior ranks. After skating to Chicago last year, they’re keeping up the cynical Roaring 20s theme by skating to The Great Gatsby. They insist the new program’s going to be different, though, because the last one focused on setting, while this one focuses on story. A more emotionally complex program goes along with what they’ve said about skating like seniors, rather than juniors, and how they’re working on that, with increased technical difficulty.
Down south in Mexico, in Huixquilucan, one young man went a step further. Donovan Carrillo, who has already made modest history for Mexico by breaking 200 and coming in 22nd at Worlds last year, and is aiming for more, twice performed a portion of his new free skate for the public to see. He’s revealed both his music choices: his short program is to a samba, and his free to “Ya lo sé que tu te vas” by famous Mexican singer Juan Gabriel. Unfortunately the video we have available had a limited view, but one can see his artistry shining through even so:
And a month after announcing their free program music, Joshua Santillan tweeted about his and Jessica Pfund’s short program music:
Excited to announce that we have returned to Ilona Melnichenko to choreograph our short program, this year to “Never Tear us Apart” by INXS pic.twitter.com/ISvEM06FI3
— Joshua Santillan (@joshesantillan) May 10, 2018
It’s a dramatic well-known pop number it’s possible nobody’s used yet, so it’s nice to see someone giving it a shot.
June should definitely see some more music announcements, and likely also more program debuts.