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"Moscow on Ice" Enraptures Seoulites
By Grant Surridge
Staff Writer
It may have been hot and muggy outside, but that certainly didn't stop the crowds from coming out and enjoying the "Moscow on Ice" show on Thursday night at the Korea National Sport's University's Ice Skating Complex in Olympic Park.

In fact it was downright freezing inside the venue as the air conditioners fought a brave battle to keep the ice surface in useable condition. It was the second night of a nine-day stand in Seoul for Russia's oldest professional ice skating ensemble.

The audience seemed to consist mainly of small children who looked like they were enjoying the show very much. It ran a bit longer than two hours with the 20 minute intermission, a touch lengthy given the average age of the crowd and the temperature inside the building. The numerous roses that littered the ice after the show ended seemed testament to the fact most were more than satisfied.

"Figure skating is the sport that is most representative of Russia," commented Maxim Volkov, first secretary of the Russian Embassy. "I hope this show will help the Korean people learn a little bit more about Russian culture. The young people especially are given a performance that they will hopefully never forget."

The show consists of performances alternating between choreographed numbers involving numerous dancers to solo performances by some very talented skaters. The double and triple axels are proof enough of the level of talent some of the performers possess.

The first act is a more traditional show with characters re-enacting a children's story set in medieval times. The second act is a more modern number involving lasers, techno music and glitzy costumes. The skaters also pay homage to several different countries with themed performances.

At one point a skater emerges in a Korean soccer jersey and spins around the ice dancing to the World Cup smash hit "Pilseng(Victory) Korea." The Russian dancers also came out dressed in the traditional Korean han-bok and glided through an impressive fan dance. The finale saw performers pay tribute to Korea and Russia together complete with gigantic flags from each country.

Igor Shapovalov
All in all an enjoyable show that is probably best suited for young children. However the screaming groups of middle school girls seemed to definitely enjoy a certain Russian skater with long flowing blond locks a la David Beckham. Adults who have never experienced a professional figure skating show will no doubt also be very entertained.

The show runs through July 20th. Tickets can be purchased by calling 02-2103-3900 or by visiting the following website For further details on Moscow on Ice log onto

Photos by Mr.Irto Kim

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Grant Surridge studied business at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He serves as a staff writer for The Seoul Times.






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