Weaver & Poje’s new FD music is Max Richter’s version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (x)
Finding the free dance music was more challenging. But choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne found the perfect piece of music to allow Weaver and Poje to take their next step: Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”
But it’s not your normal “Four Seasons.” It’s not the iconic, classical piece so oft-used by many skaters. This version has been recomposed by Max Richter, a young German-born British composer, considered one of the most influential of the past decade. Classically trained, Richter adds a contemporary interpretation to his music, clearly influenced by electronica. Some have called his work “achingly gorgeous.”
This version premiered in Britain two years ago. Richter notes that he discarded 75 per cent of Vivaldi’s original material. Richter takes his favourite bits and makes new objects out of them in a way that pleases him by subtly weaving delicate electronic touches into them. The result is an enchanting sound.
“Shae-Lynn always seems to know the right step for us,” Weaver said. “She told us that it has weight. It’s dignified and it’s something that will show many different facets of our skating.”
This piece is very challenging to perform. “We’re working on it a lot right now,” Weaver said. “It’s very technically demanding, which is a good thing, because we are trying to up our game in every aspect.” They haven’t done a classical routine like this before, and they believe it will take them to the next level in their career.
“At this point, we need to reinvent ourselves and show a bigger, stronger Kaitlyn and Andrew than ever seen before,” Weaver said. “I think this program can do that. It’s intense. It’s dramatic and it shows what we’re best at.”
“This dress was not the original plan. The original idea was to have a blue ombre dress of the same style, but after that idea failed miserably, I received a suggestion from Pasquale (Camerlengo) to have a bordeaux color, something more passionate. The dress was indeed meant to look like a nightgown. We wanted the costume to be simple and most of all, real and relatable. I didn’t need to wear anything over the top for that program. The music and the story didn’t call for fancy decorations and big costumes; it was focused around the chemistry and passion of the story. And that’s what we wanted to show the most. Another one of our teachers, Kathy Johnson, suggested that the strap be falling off so to portray a sensual, real, and sometimes scattered character.
That strap was an interesting and some say distracting detail, but it didn’t disturb the skaters. “The strap was a focal point for many people regarding the free dance,” Kaitlyn recalls. “Andrew and I always said ‘if the strap is the only thing people can complain about, then we are doing a good job!’ The strap didn’t bother me at all. My dressmaker made the costume fit so perfectly that the strap was never in the way. It was also stretchy so when I moved my arm, it would never inhibit the movement. After I put the dress on, I forgot about the strap completely!”
"Knowing that the Paso Doble is the theme for this year’s short dance, we were excited to be in the Spanish realm once more. We always want to do something that’s new to us because we like to push our boundaries and grow as a team every year. We’ve chosen to do a traditional Paso Doble, but put our own flavor into it. As with the short dance, for the free we wanted to do something different than what we’ve done in the past. We have chosen a classical piece that is definitely intricate! We are always making sure to put ourselves into it and create a story that we can relate to, convey and feel.”
“We want to do something great, and I think that that’s more important now than ever. Both programs have to shine, and we have to find our weaknesses and really capitalize on improving them, and leave no stone unturned, because I think to become world champion, you can’t have any weaknesses. So whereas we were comfortable, I’d say, in Tessa and Scott’s shadow—they were first, we were second—now it’s our time to really shine and take that top spot. And I think we’re ready for that. We’re ready for the challenge.”
“The costume is one of my favorite parts of ice dance!” exclaims Kaitlyn Weaver, fourth at Worlds 2012 with her partner Andrew Poje. “I love to put on a different dress and become someone completely different”. And she indeed had two completely different images this past season, wearing a catchy tiger-striped long-sleeved dress for the short dance, and a very simple, almost nightgown looking dress, for the free.
"My costumes came from two very different places," Kaitlyn explains. "[For the short dance] I wanted something different than the typical neon-strappy Latin dress that most of the girls would be wearing. I drew inspiration from Julianne Hough from the TV show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ when she wore a tiger cat suit.Ever since I saw that episode a few years ago, I’ve been waiting for the chance to have my very own! I also wanted it to be high-necked and long-sleeved because the ISU had made a rule stating that ice dancers must not be showing more than fifty percent skin. I figure if I was completely covered, I would be safe from the rule, but also be sexy at the same time. The tiger was to represent the more Brazilian character of our music. The rumba had a tribal beat, and the samba originated in South America.”
I just want to apologize for the lack of updates this summer. I was very busy because I’m graduating this year. But I’ll be back soon, full force ;) I’ll be gone for two weeks or so, but I scheduled some posts to be published while I’ll be away :)