Living the Art on Ice

Shizuka Arakawa at Stars on Ice

By Sara Simonato

There is no clear way to define all the incredibility of the 2013 Art on Ice show, which was held this week in Zurich, Switzerland.

Every year it becomes better and better. There is no doubt that this is the most amazing and well organized show performed on the European ice.

It is really unique. There is an atmosphere not easy to portray, people should have the chance to feel it and to understand how touchable can be a sensation.

And there is only one way to achieve such an incredible result: to live it until the very end, with every single breathe of everyone who is involved. The idea of a show, made of different kinds of arts performed all at once, is amazing but not easy to present.

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte at Stars on Ice

A mix of passion, hard work, high level standards and strict rules are the basics. Then, there are the stars of course, but they know how to make it right. Special people gifted with different kind of talents and the will to overcome their limits to reach greatness.

This year the rehearsal was closed to watch even for journalists. Of course, I didn’t like it at first; I was sad more than disappointed but… Surprisingly, to watch the show for the first time without knowing a thing was beautiful. Despite the absence of the Olympic Champion Evgeni Plushenko and World medalists Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, the show shined as always.

Stephane Lambiel at Stars on Ice

Stephane Lambiel started by singing a song performed both on the stage and on the ice, accompanied by a singer Larissa Evans. He is a quite good singer as well. The beautiful Adelina Sotnikova, from Russia, showed her talent and her fresh beauty after the remarkable silver medal at 2013 Europeans.

Adelina Sotnikova at Stars on Ice

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte from Italy, who won the bronze medals in Zagreb, were nice as always, performing with the live exhibition of the “2 Cellos”, a Serbo-Croatian band, which were amazing playing famous Michael Jackson’s and Muse’s songs with their classical instruments.

The second part of the show started with a passionate tribute to the dance music queen Donna Summer, who performed live for Art on Ice just two years ago and passed away last year. After that, Leona Lewis made her show. She performed with dancers and almost all the skaters. Among them were pair skating couples Savchenko/Szolkowy and the reigning European champions Volosozhar/Trankov, the beautiful Shizuka Arakawa and fantastic Stephane Lambiel. Lewis made the whole Hallenstadion to go crazy for her and her powerful voice to warm up the ice itself.

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy at Stars on Ice

The final was impressive and small fireworks made all the stage sparkling and full of lights. An incredible show, which will take place next year too, after 2014 Sochi Olympics, will be held in late February with a great field of participants – the Olympic medalists with, no doubts, an amazing cast of scene performers.

The author would like to express her appreciation to Mr. Marc Lindegger.

Photo: Sara Simonato, Art on Ice

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