Nathan Chen SP for season 2019-2020. Review [+video]
It’s finally that time of the season when we see the new programs for the first time. Sometimes you immediately fall in love with someone’s program, or know that it’s gonna be a good, solid program or see the problem from the very beginning.
So I want to share some of my first impressions and I’m gonna start with Nathan Chen and his SP to La Boheme by Charles Aznavour.
Honestly I have a very mixed feelings. From the one hand I like that Nathan is trying something new, trying to show maturity and variety of styles. I also like the complexity of the program, there are no empty places. But…Oh yes, quoting the Game of thrones: “Everything before the word BUT is horse shit”. Because from the other hand I don’t see Nathan in this music, I don’t see that he feels it.
The music asks for some long moves, some kind of laid-back manner, when a skater has time to, you know, taste each movement and gesture. I can imagine someone like Patrick Chan doing this king of program, but Nathan is different. He has sharpness, impulsiveness. Just different kind of energy, which this style of music doesn’t require but Chen still shows it.
But the worse part about this SP is that I watch it and see Nathan skating his previous SP to a different music. To the completely unsuitable music for that “Karavan” choreo by the way. And that disappoints me the most, because I don’t see Nathan’s development as a performer.
I don’t want to criticizes the program too much too soon. Of course the program is rough and requires a lot of polishing. He may work on unnecessary roughness, add some nerve, to make the moves longer and smoother. But I don’t think this program is gonna be memorable or one of his best.