Proximus Stars on Ice Belgium, 2003
Text & Photos © Joy
Stars on Ice, one of the most famous ice-shows, was finally in Europe, for the first and hopefully not for the last time.
It’s a show with lots of well-known and popular skaters. My report will talk about all of them, using the order in which they skated in the first half as a guide-line.
At first the opening, a woman whose name I forgot (Sabine something), announced several things around the show in Dutch and French. And after that the fun really started:
by Edvard Grieg
are you doing with the rest of your life? by Barbra Streisand
to come on the ice, announced as the local boy by this Sabine, who told
the audience that just before the show he said to her how ‘cool’
it was to be skating there. Funny though that he seemed to said so on
Sunday-afternoon as well.
Next to skate were Shae-Lynn Bourne & Victor Kraatz. They used for their music ‘Snake Charmer’ – Gregorian. Great lifts, nice footwork, bit of an abstract, but nicely done programme. In the second half they had a .
Dance’ - Deep Forest/Sacred Space and ‘Oriental Dance’-
Steven Cousins used in the first part of the show Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’. Not my kind of thing. I must admit: he used the music in a terrific way and most people around me enjoyed it very much, I heard some of them say that he had a nice smile. My opinion about his smile in this act wasn’t really good, it was more like: “here he comes with his fake would-be sexy smile”. But to stay honest, my thoughts about him changes quickly when he came on the ice the second time together with Viktor and Katarina (more about this later). And I really liked his second solo-act ‘Disco Science’ very
Oksana Baiul was next to skate, this made a carribbean impression on me, using Jennifer Lopez music, ‘Aint it Funny’. An enjoyable programme. Her second performance was her Olympic Medal winning programme on Tsaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ Still as nice as it was then, however I have the
to come on the ice were Barbara Fusar-Poli & Maurizio Margaglio,
who used Lara Fabian’s ‘Adagio’ for their first
appearance. Good programme, with lots of dramatic expressions on Maurizio’s
face. Their second act was their Olympic Bronze Medal winning Rock’n’Roll
at ‘I will survive’ as played by the Hermes House Band.
Still very nice to watch, they really seem to enjoy skating it.
Ekaterina Gordeeva is such an elegant and graceful skater, I could’ve watched her skating two or three programmes in a row. In the first halve of
the show she used ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ by Etta James. In the second half ‘The Red Scarf’ by Stemia. In this programme she really made an excellent use of the mentioned red scarf. Beautiful!
Katia’s husband to skate: Ilia Kulik. His first
programme, Green Tomatoes by Rick Braun was very exciting, he
seemed to have a ball doing it. Ilia laughed and jumped and was so thrilling
to watch I really cannot describe it any further. He never stood still
for a moment, and that is very hard to photograph, like the picture to
the right shows.
At the end of Ilia’s first programme Katarina Witt returned on the ice with two guys;
Cousins and Viktor Kraatz
behind her. She skated towards Ilia, stroke her arm along his neck and he
could go. The rest of the programme was a lot of throwing Katarina from
one guy to the other. Both men seemed to really enjoy this act, especially
Viktor had a very broad grin on his face all the time. Their music was ‘Hotter
than blues’ by Quincy Jones.
After the break was over, the second part started and all skaters did their second act, just a little different order from the first part. Since I already mentioned their second programmes in my description of the first half I won’t repeat it now.
Ilia was the last to skate in part two, before the ending, which was skated to Sister Sledge’s We are family. At first all the girls came on the ice, wearing costumes that reminded me a bit of an aerobics class. It took a while and than the boys came out as well.
Trying to get a standing ovation from my surroundings (Sunday-show), I was the only one standing in my block..........
Overall I liked the show very much, I was really glad to get my hands on a ticket for the Sunday-show, so I could go another time after Saturday. Hopefully they’ll be back next year (or sooner....).
*** Previously published by Europe on Ice