Archive for the ‘fringe’ Tag
Thanks to Required Elements jcm has discovered just the sort of thing that he loves to share…an alternative and irreverant take on figure skating. The oft squashed yin to the more typical bright, cheerful yang of how skating is reflected publicly (ok, so I overuse this metaphor). I revel in both!:
Figure Skating is for Little Girls,
by Liam Dougherty: “A one man show about eating disorders, sparkles, and violent personal shame.”
This guy was (and perhaps is?) a legitimate competive ice dancer, becoming the 2003 Junior Canadian Ice Dance Champion (with partner Melissa Piperno), and was supposedly a short-time early career partner of Tanith Belbin. It appears he was a very promising skater, emerging with Piperno from the shadows of Bourne and Kraatz, after their exit from competitive skating.
His perspective promises to cause some controversy, and frankly seems genuinely wounded. Perhaps he is bristling from not reaching the heights his promise alluded to? But, I’m guessing it’s just his edgy sense of humor, and way of talking about a sport he clearly has a love/hate relationship with, which is most amusing when he mocks the oh-so-tight and pretty attire he donned. OR, more exactly, I imagine he loves the sport, but hates the “culture” of skating, as it is currently manifested itself. The fact that he’s easy on the eyes makes this discovery all the more enticing. (Looks like he’s dabbling in dance now.)