Daisuke Takahashi has announced the music for his new programs this season. His short program is “The Sheltering Sky,” a piano piece by Ryuichi Sakamoto, which was crafted by Canadian choreographer David Wilson.

Wilson last choreographed a program for the 32-year-old Osaka resident for the 2011-2012 season. Though his new short program has complex choreography Takahashi is confident he can handle it.

His long program, designed by Benoît Richaud, is to the “Pale Green Ghosts,” a composition by John Grant.

Richaud wrote to Takahashi and said he would like to do a program for him and he accepted the offer. He said it is a new style with unique choreography.

The Japanese star will begin his comeback debut at the Kinki Championships, which begin October 5 in Japan.

Read our exclusive interview with Takahashi in the October issue of International Figure Skating magazine. To order a copy or to subscribe to IFS, click on the subscription banner above image. 


EXCERPT FROM our October Cover Story:

Daisuke Takahashi took the skating world by surprise when he announced in early July that he was returning to competition. Though he had made the decision many months before, few were aware of his intentions.

Absent from the competitive scene the past four years, the attendance at his recent press conference left no doubt he is still a shining star in his Japanese homeland. Social media sites around the world lit up like a Christmas tree when the news was announced, with fans from all four corners of the globe welcoming the return of the highly-respected skater.

Takahashi is not seeking fame or fortune with his comeback bid. He is returning to put the final exclamation point to a brilliant career — on his own terms. His road to success began eight years earlier with an historic bronze medal finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. A month later, he captured the World title. In 2011, he claimed the Four Continents crown, and in 2012, stood atop the podium at the Grand Prix Final, re-writing Japanese men’s skating history every step of the way.


Short video clip of “The Sheltering Sky”