Artistry on Ice First Look: The Empress Rules the Ice

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Johnny performs in Artistry on Ice as Empress Wu, the only woman to officially rule China as Emperor, and whose fascinating history was recently portrayed in the popular 2014 Chinese television production, The Empress of China (more here).

The theme of Artistry on Ice 2015 is “Love You / Love Me,” and each performance touches on this theme in some way. Johnny performs this program during the second half of the show with two male pairs skaters, Jin Yang and Wang Lei. As I understand it, the program portrays the Empress’ struggle as she is torn between love for her kingdom and love for a man. Is it possible to love both without compromise? Or must she sacrifice one for the other…?

Stunning photo courtesy of Joveto Leo.


VIDEO!

Please check back for updates as more video becomes available!

The Empress.


Wonderful fancam version in HD! I love how much the crowd cheers and screams for him.
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UPDATE!! Another version.
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Finale! Please be sure to watch to the very end…


Original video posted to Facebook by Lu Ning Wang of the Taiwan Figure Skating Fan Facebook group.
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UPDATE!! Five new Instagram clips added below!


 

From the opening number.

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Johnny performed his Carmen during the show’s first half.

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Opening group number, second half.

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And more of the beautiful Empress…

JW_JL_AOI_07-08-2015_IMG_0601Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

 

JW_JL_AOI_07-08-2015_IMG_0602Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

 

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JW_JL_AOI_07-08-2015_IMG_0625Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

 

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JW_JL_AOI_07-08-2015_IMG_0636Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

 

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JW_JL_AOI_07-08-2015_IMG_0658Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.


PIC/VID ROUNDUP

The program.

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A sold-out stadium! Which has a seating capacity of 15,000.

 

Show overview in less than 15 seconds!

So I'm here to see ice dancing #Icedancing#afterwork#beautifulnight#freezing#interesting

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Opening number.

 

Carmen.

 

Johnny Weir|冰上LADYGAGA #JohnnyWeir

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I love this.

 

Cute smile of Johnny #artistryonice #taipeiarena#johnnyweir

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UPDATE!

#ArtistryOnIce #ArtistryOnIce2015 #johnnyweir #taipei

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UPDATE!

#ArtistryOnIce #ArtistryOnIce2015 #johnnyweir #taipei

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UPDATE!

#ArtistryOnIce #ArtistryOnIce2015 #johnnyweir #stephanelambiel #taipei

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The Empress.

小声:(動画をちょっとだけ♡) #AOI #ArOI #johnnyweir #taipei

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A snippet of the closing number.
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UPDATE!

#ArtistryOnIce #ArtistryOnIce2015 #johnnyweir #taipei

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UPDATE!
I love this too. So many flowers!

#ArtistryOnIce #ArtistryOnIce2015 #johnnyweir #taipei #謝謝 :D🌹✨

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Backstage with Karen Chen after the show.

 

Via Johnny’s Instagram: Johnny and Stéphane in their group number costumes. “Dress rehearsal. We’ve never looked better. @slambiel”

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Via Johnny’s Weibo: “Post show…Shield your eyes. Thank you Taipei, we gave each other our all! @冰上雅姿 Taipei was amazing!”

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Via Johnny’s Weibo: “This is what @冰上雅姿 is all about, bringing art in all its forms to our audiences! I am sleeping so happily tonight! Thank you to the hair, makeup and costume artists who created this moment and of course to my wonderful kings, Jin Yang and Wang Lei!”

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BONUS PICS

Show day morning!

 

右から。

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いってらっしゃい♪

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From the press conference / photo op thingy earlier this week, via the Skating Association of China on Facebook.

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BONUS VIDEO

ICYMI (or just need to watch these endlessly): Here’s the ongoing series of Vine-style AOI rehearsal vids from Yun which first appeared on this post, with two new clips at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

I love how Johnny and Steph just sail past everyone else in this one, beginning at about 00:04…

 


Very special thanks to the incredible Joveta Leo for the exclusive photos!


BIRTHDAY FAN PROJECT!!

Please join in on our heartfelt mission to send love and best wishes to Johnny for his July 2 birthday (it’s free to participate! No PayPal required)! There’s still time: birthday mail will be forwarded to Johnny in mid-July after he returns from his Asian tours. Details here, along with a stunning exclusive photo and exclusive HD rehearsal video that you’ll want to watch over and over. . .


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