Sun Valley on Ice: ‘Moonlight’ Under the Moonlight

JW_DWK_07-2016_K5A6608_e2wmWith the spotlight playing the role of the moon, beautiful Johnny debuts his ‘Moonlight Sonata’ in the US under the starry sky of Sun Valley, Idaho. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.


We begin our Sun Valley coverage with Johnny’s exquisite ‘Moonlight Sonata’ program.

And I almost don’t want to write any more words than that, because they just feel like unnecessary clutter against this extraordinarily beautiful performance.

It’s been nearly a week since I was fortunate enough to see him skate this program live. And what still rings in my ears is not the roaring and cheers and clapping when he was announced or when he finished, but rather: the absolute hush that fell over the entire audience as he floated across the ice to Kotaro Fukuma’s spare, piano-only accompaniment.

Not only were the onlookers silent, they were completely still. People held their drink cups frozen in mid-air. Random children paused mid-fidget, mouths suddenly closed, hands unconsciously dropped to their laps. Shuffling feet in the stands simply stopped. Even whispered conversation ceased.

The only movement, the only sound — other than Fukuma’s delicate but passionate touch on the keys of the piano and occasional bursts of applause — came from the lone figure in dazzling white, his blades slicing across the ice impossibly fast yet as lightly as gossamer to hold hundreds of people, for whom this sort of piece might not have seemed terribly accessible, utterly spellbound until the very last note was carried away on the crisp mountain air.

This program is classic, lyrical Johnny at his best, all the promise of his brilliant gift when he was young now realized and informed by maturity and experience, a commanding yet ethereal match for Beethoven’s masterpiece.

And I find myself poring over the photos and watching the video again and again to not only seek every nuance of his performance, but to recapture that feeling of purity and peace that transported all of us for a moment away from politics and wars and rage and disappointment and hardship to a place where healing beauty revives our souls and inspires us to do better, live better, be better.

His performance is captured below in stunning exclusive photographs and exclusive video. As always, the photos are huge, so please click to explore the detail in the full-size images.

Art is uniquely, intensely powerful. Our spirits need its nourishment as much as our bodies need food. And no one wields that power more masterfully or more authentically on the ice than Johnny.


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VIDEO


Absolutely mesmerizing.
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BONUS VIDEO!

Johnny’s interview during Sun Valley rehearsal.


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And yay Cupcake Wars full episode with bonus Boz!


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AND ALSO

Johnny and Tara are as adorable, funny, refreshingly real, and zany as ever in their new NBC podcast, just launched this week. Listen, laugh, and subscribe now! Available on AudioBoom, iTunes, and Stitcher. Enjoy their latest episode right here:


Exclusive photos © David Ingogly. Coming up next: complete coverage of Johnny’s Beyoncé Medley from Sun Valley! Post title credit to Johnny from his Instagram.


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  1 comment for “Sun Valley on Ice: ‘Moonlight’ Under the Moonlight

  1. Chris
    July 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    So relieved to see the site and posting recovered. Your description of the audience reaction to the Moonlight Sonata performance is wonderfully stated. Afterward, the audience not only clapped and cheered, but stomped their feet on the aluminum stands. I heard a Sun Valley employee say she had never heard the audience do that before. It happened twice that night, both times to Johnny’s performances. This costume against the black backdrop and the nighttime sky full of stars was perfection.
    When anyone asks me (and they DO ASK) if it is worth it to use vacation time at work, travel thousands of miles to get to Sun Valley (not the easiest destination) and the expense to see Johnny Weir skate for only a few minutes… the answer is always YES, YES IT IS.
    Good Friends, Amazing Scenery, Out door skating in crisp mountain air, and Johnny Weir. Absolutely worth it!

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