When classical meets Pop: almost two decades of Art on Ice
The figure skating gala “Art on Ice” is celebrating its 19th time in Zurich this year! For the last three days it has opened its doors to thousands of passionate fans of winter sports and music in the Hallenstadion.
In 2013 the show was completely sold out. But the tour does not stop in Zurich, it continues on to Lausanne, Davos, Helsinki and finally to Stockholm. Good logistics make the entire move from one place to another successful and years of practice master the unexpected challenges.
This year the organisers mixed up classical and pop music. The first part with the Youth Classics Orchestra, directed by Philip Draganov, was more like a ballet, romantic and graceful while the second part was more up-beat.
One of the singers of this year’s gala is the beautiful young and talented Loreen. Born from Maroccan parents, Loreen was raised in Sweden. Her fame started when she won the Eurovision song contest in 2012 with “Euphoria”. On she ice she moved the crowd with her single “We Got the Power”.
Another genie at the show is the extraordinary concert pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Just like Mozart Amadeus, the Georgian lady with residency in Paris, gave her first concert at the age of 6. The way she plays Chopin or Liszt transports you in a world of magic. Khatia constantly changes dresses, all more beautiful and sexy the one than the other!
Many amazing ice dancers and figure skaters joined the 2014 program. They are:
This year is Sarah’s 13th participation at Art on Ice. While she continues skating for occasions like this one, she is now studying journalism at the Ringier school and writes some articles for Schweizer Illustrierte.
Of course what some of the crowd had come to see were the stars of Sochi the two time Gold medalists, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. The two Russians had just returned from Moscow 24 hours earlier after a party at the Kremlin with President Putin. Tatiana enjoyed the party, organised to thank the Russsian Winter Olympic winners.
Mummenschanz, the Swiss masque theatre group (founded in 1972) was part of the show just like last year. The breakdancer Gev Manoukian charmed the Hallenstadion with a powerful act and spins. The constantly changing light display and the colourful costumes (Isabel Jazzabell) well deserve some great applause.
A younger crowd had come to hear the music of Hurts with a style reminding us of Depeche Mode. The British duo from Manchester is made up of Theo Hutchcraft the singer and Adam Anderson, the synthetiser. Since their beginning in 2009 they released two CDs “Happiness” (2010) and “Exile” (2013). Their powerful hits “Something to die for”, “Wonderful Life” & “Miracle” have made them known worldwide. Noone wanted them to leave the ice last night!
No matter what, the program gives you shivers and brings great emotions flowing from the beginning. There were some unforgetable moments like when Kurt Browning was dancing under Gene Kelly’s tune “Singing in the Rain” or Loreen was singing in the middle of fire.
The founders Oliver Höner and Reto Caviezel are already excited about the 20th anniversary, which will be celebrated in February 2015. Looking back at the last two incredible decades it will surely not be disappointing!
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