|Passion of the Kwan|
In my opinion, Chan doesn't come close to capturing the feeling of the music...but then again, emoting has never been his strong suit. For that, we take a lesson from Miss Kwan at the 2003 nationals:
There's just something about this program. Choreographically, it doesn't match up to something like "Salome," "Lyra Angelica," "Ariane" or any of her other masterpieces. It's a nice program with simple choreography that went well with the music and served its purpose, but I don't consider it in line with her true masterpiece programs.
What this program had was an ease and flow that just relaxes you and takes you away. This performance is definitely my favorite: every single jump was secure and easy, not one single bobble...she hit her mark on every note and inflection of the music...and the feeling behind it, the passion, the emotion...simply unmatched. She hits that final lutz and holds that landing edge as it curves around before starting her footwork right with the violin...I get chills! The feeling she poured into that step sequence was so incredible! Just listen to the audience's reaction as she moves across the ice like a breeze...the wave a cheers carrying her as she leaps into a falling leaf before floating down into a crowd-embracing spread eagle...okay, I'm waxing poetic now. Case in point: this was a spectacular performance.
|The five-time world champion|
A few weeks later Michelle replicated that inspired performance at the 2003 world championships in DC and she won her fifth world title, tying her with Carol Heiss for second most wins (most wins belongs to Sonja Henie, who won ten consecutive world titles in the1920s and 1930s.)
No, Michelle's "Aranjuez" wasn't a masterpiece program, but it was definitely memorable...at least memorable enough to continue to draw comparisons even today.