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Dance Into Sorrow – Julia Lipnitskaia’s Free Skate Program “Schindler’s List”

Posted on: February 24, 2014

I knew nothing about Julia Linpnitskaia and her European Championship program Schindler’s List, but when I watched this program during Olympics team competition, I was completely mesmerized.

Probably this program is by far my personal favorite figure skating program. Not only because it’s beautifully done, but also because it expresses the deep and complicate feeling I personally hold for life, that life is a co-existence of sorrow and joy. The music is a “gentle” reminder a the greatest tragedy of human race, and a 15 year-old girl, so beautiful and innocent, danced so effortlessly, yet so expressively, making such a strong contrast with the mood of the music. Perhaps, this contrast alone, is already mesmerizing.

The choreograph of this program is extremely unique. I usually see free skating programs begin with slow motion, and at certain point they would changed into fast speed, but this program is quite different. From the beginning to the end, movements are all in a smooth and medium speed, seamlessly match the music’s melancholy tone. The design of movements are not at all routine or “cliche”, rather, they are creative and expressive, even symbolic, embody the deepest emotions of human kind: struggle, sorrow, hope, wonder, strength, or joy.

Julia Lipnitskaia’s performance was almost perfect. How could a 15 year-old so meticulously convey such complicated emotion? I have no clue. I am simply amazed.


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