Do you ever get emotional thinking about Victor choreographing Yuuri’s Free Skate for him?
We’ve only ever seen Yuuri skating that routine - but remember. Someone taught him those movements. Someone demonstrated the choreography first.
Think about Victor skating Yuuri’s routine for him. Imagine him sitting down, listening to the music, and writing out Yuuri’s story through dance.
Victor would have had to understand that story, which means Yuuri shared it with him. The lonely beginning where he thought he was fighting by himself. What it felt like when Victor showed up and changed everything. That poignant moment when Yuuri came to understand love existed all around him.
And in order to translate that story into choreography, Victor would have had to empathize with it and feel those emotions himself so that he could properly express them.
He would have to understand what it feels like to fight alone.
And to have someone show up and challenge that viewpoint.
And then come to realize love is all around him.
Victor choreographed the end of Yuuri’s story before it even happened.
“Here’s the part where you show you’re the most beautiful person on the ice. Here’s where you soar on your new understanding of love. And this is when you rise up and fight - not by yourself but with your loved ones at your side.”
Victor would have had to empathize with those feelings as well. (Who could have taught him all that, I wonder?)
But this right here.
I don’t think Victor choreographed this final pose.
His reaction when he first sees it gives it away. Yuuri surprised Victor with that pose, and it was originally intended to be something else.
Yuuri choreographed this acknowledgement of Victor at the end of his Free Skate. It was a message to him.
“And here’s the part where I thank the person who got me here.”