Olympic figure skating champion Anna Shcherbakova will perform in Ilya Averbukh’s show “Champions” in Sochi throughout July. The correspondent visited the performance taking place in the Iceberg Ice Palace and asked several questions to its main star.
– Anna, the final number of the show is your program, set to the verses of Bulat Okudzhava. Tell us how such an unusual idea came about?
– This is the idea of Ilya Averbukh. He let me listen to the music, told me the concept of the performance, and I immediately liked it very much. This is a very deep number, with meaning. I also took part in the production, saying that I think it would be better. He listened to me, so we got a joint work. Our vision of the room coincided in many respects. They tried to put meaning into every movement – just like the meaning is put into every word. How I see it, how Ilya sees it. I hope that no one will remain indifferent after our performance – and feel that we have invested in it, and see something of their own in it.
– Your second number in the show “Champions” is the Olympic program. With what emotions are you performing it now?
– I really like to ride it. It seems to me that on the show she changed, transformed and acquired a new charm. At competitions, after all, this is excitement, concentration, maximum concentration on jumps. Choreography for me, of course, is always very important, but on the show, it seems to me, I opened up in a different way. In each rental, I try to invest in every movement, I think where else to add something, how to play with the audience. It seems to me that with each performance this program changes and becomes more and more theatrical and colorful.
– You are now performing at the Iceberg Ice Palace, the site of the glorious Olympic victories of the Russian team. You were still very young then (10 – ed. note), but still – remember those Games?
– I don’t remember everything from that trip, but the highlights are definitely. And I also remember how I saw this huge ice rink, spectator stands, competitions … Unforgettable impressions, and, of course, then, both from the scale of the Olympic Games and from my childhood perception, it seemed to me that this palace was ten times larger than I see him now. But, of course, in my soul now I am proud of the fact that I ride in the same arena.
– The Olympic dream did not come at that moment when you were in Sochi?
– No, much later. At that moment, I was watching the Olympics and did not even think that someday I would be able to reach such heights. I just watched and admired.
– Six months have passed since the Beijing Games. It is clear that it is impossible to give a short answer to this question (our conversation took place during the intermission of the show “Champions”, and Shcherbakova had only a few minutes – author’s note), but still – what did this victory change in you? How do you feel about it now?
– It’s probably not even about winning. Both the preparation for the Olympic Games and the performances themselves changed me. A lot had to be rethought. I can say that, probably, internally I have changed a lot and matured. Over time, I will understand what exactly has changed in me, but for now it is difficult to answer exactly what.
– Many Olympic champions talk about the devastation after a major career triumph. Did you live it?
– Of course, I had it. The very first – after the announcement of results rolls. Then it seems that everything is already over, emotions have returned, but in fact, for many months there was an internal comprehension. As if an unknown period in life had begun. Reached the main goal and do not understand – what’s next?
– And now?
Now I’m trying a lot of different things. But life, of course, has changed a lot – that’s a fact.
– In the “Luzhniki” I saw you in a break dance, do you plan something else similar?
– I have a very busy training schedule right now, I try to get back in shape, but there are also many other activities, so yes, I will try something new. For now, I won’t say what it is.