|Responses To Performances|
|A free skating performance should present a skater's skill in an artful manner. To do this the programme needs to contain movements in addition to the technical elements. These movements are not just included, they are arranged so the technical elements are highlighted and enhanced and the audience has an experience of skating that goes beyond mere appreciation of difficulty. This is accomplished through the programme's choreographic statement, technique and feeling.
The choreographic statement is embedded in the selection, ordering and arrangement of the movement to the music. Its success is modified by the skater’s technique and feeling in performing it. Technique includes the execution of artistic as well as technical elements. Clean, efficient technique provides a more satisfying experience of elements- an aesthetic experience.
The depth of feeling and expression a skater injects into his performance reveals the depth of his involvement in the programme. It is not enough to just understand the music and movement, the skater must make his understanding visible to the audience. Only legitimate expression can effectively convey the meaning of the choreographic statement. Isolated hysteria no matter how energetic is meaningless. The ability to include genuine feeling in a programme without disrupting technique is reserved for highly proficient skaters.
Ideally the viewer’s response to the programme’s choreographic statement, technique and feeling will be an unreserved intellectual, emotional and aesthetic one. This of course will be modified by his own unique appreciation of skating as shown on the Free Skating Judging chart. A hierarchy of possible responses is listed here with the most desirable performance being number 1 and progressing toward the least desirable response- number 6.
Hierarchy of Possible Reponses To a Performance
1. Technique + Choreographic statement + Feeling = unreserved intellectual, emotional and aesthetic
2. Technique and Feeling = limited intellectual, emotional and aesthetic response
3. Technique and Choreographic statement =limited intellectual and aesthetic response
4. Technique only = limited intellectual response
5. Feeling only = confused response
6. Choreography only = confused response