Feb 11, 2013
Quasi una fantasia
Daisuke Takahashi, 2013 SP
If one accepts that trainwrecks such as Ghost, Sleazy Tiger/Besame Mucho and Human Soccer Ball are representative of Nikolai Morozov's oeuvre of late, this one is at least praiseworthy for being tasteful, somewhat reflective of the music and not accompanied by an extremely questionable choice of costume. Small mercies, but such is all we have to cling onto in these troubling times.
Layout of the elements is pretty boring, however, and I disapprove of the fact that the choreography repeats certain cuts of the Moonlight Sonata's Third Movement when it's a short program.
Sasha Cohen, 2010 LP
In her later years, Sasha Cohen followed a particular pattern when it came to musical selections: fierce, energetic and fiery short programs and much more sedate, classical and ice princess-y long programs. Sasha Cohen's very own Morozov'd Moonlight Sonata program certainly did not deviate from this pattern (among others...). Moonlight Sonata, I believe, is an excellent example of how Nikolai Morozov is a better short program choreographer than a long program one as his short programs for Ms. Cohen (Malaguena, Dark Eyes) are about a hundred times more memorable, distinctive and better choreographed than this pleasant but bland and overly-repetitive long program.
Adam Rippon, 2007-8 LP
The packaging here screams MOROZOV from fifty miles away with its face-stroking, onesie outfit and straightline step sequence to (relatively) loud and fast music, but for a junior program, it's not too bad! The music and the corresponding classical styling suited the young Mr. Rippon well and I do like how some of the jumps are placed within the music even if the program would benefit from much more choreographic detail aside from face-stroking.