Summer Skating Shows in East Asia

Susan D. Russell
Shizuka Arakawa

After the relocation of the 2011 World Championships and the cancellation of the World Team Trophy this season, figure skating will make a triumphant return to Japan this summer on the show circuit.

One of the biggest shows on the agenda is “Fantasy on Ice.” Three performances will take place on July 2 and 3 at the Marine Messe in Fukuoka. There will be matinees both days, as well as an evening show on July 2.

Headliners include Shizuka Arakawa, Stéphane Lambiel, Johnny Weir, Tomáš Verner, Yuzuru Hanyu, Akiko Suzuki and Fumie Suguri along with plenty of Japanese talent to support them.

“ARTISTRY on Ice” will embark on a mini tour in China and Chinese Taipei this July. After shows in Beijing on July 16-17 and Shanghai on July 22, the July 24 show at Taipei Arena will be Taipei City’s first-ever international skating exhibition.

The star power scheduled to perform in these shows includes Alexei Yagudin, Patrick Chan, Johnny Weir, Shizuka Arakawa, Sasha Cohen, Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang and Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov.

Violinist Edvin Marton, a longtime skating collaborator, will provide live music along with singers Kay Huang and Wang Hao.

Originally published in August 2011