Certain pieces of music pop up a lot in the skating world, for better or worse. I’ve made my feelings known about overuse of “Phantom of the Opera,” lots of people don’t want to hear “Carmen” in an ice rink ever again, and the fantastic Jackie Wong of Rocker Skating has a special hatred for any version of “Feelin’ Good.”
“Scheherazade” is another one that is used a lot, but it hasn’t reached fatiguing levels, at least for me. I love the layers of sound in the music, and the endless choreographic possibilities those layers create.
I heard “Scheherazade” a few times from the stands at Worlds, which got me thinking about my favorite programs set to this music:
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2014 Free Dance
Michelle Kwan, 2002 Long Program
While both programs are fabulous in their own right, they’ve got a few things in common that put them over the top and into my “best ever” category:
- Choreography and arm movements that imply the weaving or spinning of a story (which is what the character of Scheherazade does to avoid a death sentence, so the legend goes)
- Energy that builds throughout the program to an outstanding finish
- Attire that fits the music and alludes to the Middle Eastern setting of the story, without being overly corny or kitschy
I could watch these programs over and over, but are there more excellent renditions of Scheherazade that I have to see? Do share!