Gallery: Sultry Carmen Stuns Evening With Champions

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyJohnny during his Carmen performance Friday night at An Evening With Champions. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. Please click this supersize pic to enjoy it in all its splendor.


At last our coverage of An Evening With Champions begins! And we’re going to get right to it with Johnny’s Carmen, which surprised attendees as the first solo program of the show both nights. Not sure some of them will ever recover…

Last year Johnny skated in the opening and closing group numbers for EWC, and performed just one program, “Human.” This year he did not join the group numbers, but instead did two performances. Generally as the top name in a skating show, he is the closing solo act for both the first and second halves of the event. But in an interesting production decision by EWC, he opened the show with Carmen, and closed it with Creep.

And both nights the audience seemed so taken aback to see the star of the show gliding onto the ice FIRST that they hardly seemed to know how to react. Though they appplaud when EWC emcee Paul Wylie introduces him, you’ll notice in the video below that the arena is so nonplussed when he actually appears that it’s nearly silent except for a few happy shrieks.

But by about midway through Carmen each night, their momentary shock was most definitely overtaken by appreciation and delight in his program. And what a program it is.

By the end, as you’ll hear, he was rewarded with thunderous applause and screams.

The following photos and video are from his Friday performance only, with Saturday coverage to come. Most of these are absolutely huge, so if you’d like to revel in up-close detail of his costume, his expressions, or even his blades, please click on any photo to do just that.

Personally I wasn’t thrilled when Carmen won Johnny’s fan poll last year, although it was kind of awesome that his fans overwhelmingly wanted him to take on this tired old warhorse of skating to see what he would do to revive it. But now having seen this program live three times, and also via countless videos from his Asian tours this summer, I humbly bow to those who voted for it. His fiery, passionate, gender-fluid, uniquely Johnny interpretation has redefined this classic for a new generation. I love it so much that his cut of the music is now stuck permanently but happily in my head, a soundtrack to the spellbinding moments captured in these gorgeous images.


Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyHis grand entrance into a suddenly quiet arena.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyA companion shot to the photo at the top of the post; his hand position is slightly different. I had to include both shots, obviously.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyIn the full-on glare of a spotlight, he prepares for his first jump of the program.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyThe very definition of fierce, and one of my fav shots of this series. Tiny bits of ice cling to his costume from the jump.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglySetting up for another jump. I love the faces in the audience, from smiles to open-mouthed awe.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyThe Johnny Slide, as only Johnny can execute it.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyThe Johnny Stiletto Strut, about two-thirds of the way through the program. By this point, the crowd is fully engaged with him and loves this moment.

 

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Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyEnding pose. Flawless.

 

Johnny Weir (c) David IngoglyAcknowledging the enthusiastic response from the EWC audience.


VIDEO!


The video includes captioning of Paul Wylie’s wonderful introduction, in which he described Johnny as a “two-time World bronze medalist,” which is actually not the case (but fans loved it). Johnny won the 2008 Worlds bronze medal, and was the only American figure skater to medal at Worlds that year.

(Please forgive the shaky camera work and random out-of-frame glitches… argh. But while the videographer needs improvement, Johnny is brilliant throughout!)

Video link.
Alternate link.


Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.


ICYMI: Johnny’s articulate and thoughtful interview with IceNetwork, conducted during the Evening With Champions weekend, is here, and well worth the read.


REMINDER: GO SEE JOHNNY SKATE! American fans have a cornucopia of opportunities to see Johnny perform this fall! He’s starring in Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice tour throughout October, with stops in fifteen cities. Every tour date offers VIP tickets that include a post-show meet-n-greet with the entire cast, including Johnny. Don’t miss out! [Note: Johnny is NOT performing in two cities: Saginaw, MI, October 24, and Rockford, IL, October 25.]

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  1 comment for “Gallery: Sultry Carmen Stuns Evening With Champions

  1. Chris
    September 26, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Just spent some time totally lost in Davey’s beautiful photographs! I have to agree, I was disappointed Carmen was the fan choice, and yet it is so well done that I actually forget that it’s the same Carmen music, because it’s just….so… much… better. This year was my first opportunity to attend EWC. I was only there on Friday night, but I am so happy I was able to be there at all. It felt like an event for people who really enjoy figure skating, and the love and appreciation for Johnny was evident. The experience was extra special for me because I was able to share it with my son, who said, “I get it now”.

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