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Talkin’ Bout a Revolution in Ice Dance

Yesterday my husband was reviewing his music collection and played a few tunes I hadn’t heard in a long time. One was “Revolution” by The Beatles. I was immediately reminded of the mind blowing “Revolution” dance piece by Torvill and Dean, first performed in 1989. I’ve always loved this piece and remember how very surprising it was to the figure skating audience. It was one of the first times modern dance had been recreated on ice.

This is what Torvill and Dean say about “Revolution” in their autobiography, “Facing the Music”:

Revolution was most ambitious. Its inspiration was a Montréal dance group we had seen in Sydney with the odd name of La La La Human Steps, whose rapid, machine-gun, staccato movements were unlike anything we had seen before. Chris thought the technique might be adapted for the ice, if we replaced the dancers’ lifts and throws with quick-fire upper-body movements. It was long, fast and very testing, not only of our abilities as dancers, but also as actors, in particular Jayne, who had to go completely against character, with vicious movements and displays of anger. That was new, not only for her: nobody to our knowledge had done anything like this on ice before.

For those skating fans who’ve never seen “Revolution”, this is your lucky day.

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I’d love to hear about some of your favourite ice dance moments. Do share!

One Response to “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution in Ice Dance”

  1. Aaron Harris Says:

    Well this team alone accounts for a large portion of my favorite Ice Dance moments. And no I hadn’t seen this program before so thank you!

    Dubreuil and Lauzon’s Somewhere in time program is one of my favorites.

    I’m also a big fan of Anissina and Peizzerat’s 1998 Rome and Juliet and Drobiazko and Vanagas’ 2006 Phantom of the Opera.

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