This is an extra special Artsy inspired by the 2/22/2018 New York Times article in–not the sports section—but the ARTS SECTION.
The feature article, by dance critic Gia Kourlas, describes the ice dance competition in the 2018 Olympics. It is a powerful and elegant description and promotion of figure skating—especially ice dancing—as a fine art. It is a wonderful argument for skating as an art—saying more knowledgably than I could in my two ARTSY FARTSY essays of Jan. 2 and Jan. 5, 2018, which described ice dancers Torvill and Dean, and figure skating soloist John Curry.
Short quotes from the Gia Kourlas article:
.. as a dance critic, I judge skating by different rules, and to me, no team, gold medal or not, matches the artistry of Ms. Papadakis and Mr. Cizeron.
When a free dance program shows two bodies moving as one, as Ms. Papadakis and Mr. Cizeron’s did, it is just as ethereal as ballet.
… for me the real hero of the Olympic Games has been ice dancing.
Yes, it’s skating and yes, it’s dance, but it’s the combination of the two that captures the freedom of what skating can be.
… ice dance pushes skating to a more poetic place.
I am thrilled and it brings tears to my eyes to read Ms Kourlas’ essay, and to watch Papadakis and Cizeron skate their art via YouTube. at:
papadakis cizeron 2018 olympics
Bravo Papadakis, Cizeron, and Ms Kourlas!