“I think that it’s important artistically that you can show contrast,” she observes, “and I think the strength of Scott and Tessa lies in the fact that they can truly approach their art through a variety of different characterizations and that those characterizations actually can find a home inside their body, their physicality.”
“They are definitely more fluid on the ice,” she says. “They have a much more symbiotic relationship between the two of them that they capture, and I feel that ultimately they are stronger communicators on the ice.”
"What we have tried to do, and I think what is exciting and what people are responding to," she notes, "is that we have not focused on the elements, but rather the connective tissue between the elements. The connective tissue meaning, when other teams perhaps may be skating from element to element, our focus has been that we’re actually dancing through and we happen to have elements."
"When you don’t play it safe," she says, "you’re taking risks, and the response to the risk is different. It’s a very traditional world that they skate in, with long historical roots with things being done a certain way, so I think whenever you want to be the cutting edge, then that plays out two ways. Some people are thrilled by that, just thrilled to be taken down a different path, and other people are nervous about where that direction goes."
"I think that some of the press has misconstrued what audiences are interpreting with Carmen,” she says. “I think it’s easy to suggest that it’s sexy and steamy. But I think it’s unfortunate that the press have stopped at such a shallow point and really have not been able to capture in their critiques what it is they’re watching. And I don’t think it’s because it hasn’t been conveyed –I think it has been conveyed. I think that’s just a quick, glib soundbite. You know, ‘they’re older and they’re really sexy.’” - Jennifer Swan