Vision for Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony revealed

March 24, 2013 – 05:53 am

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Co-artistic directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings today outlined their vision for the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony taking place at 8.30pm on the 29 August 2012. Called ‘Enlightenment’, they promise a spectacular celebration of the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility.

Groundbreaking in its inclusivity and innovative staging, the Ceremony will showcase the excellence of deaf and disabled artists and will open with a fly past by ‘Aerobility’, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots. The Ceremony promises to be an electrifying celebration to mark the occasion when the Paralympic Games, which originated in the UK as the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, will come home.

50 specialist performers in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony are also taking part in an eight week circus skills training programme taking place at Circus Space in Hackney.

"The Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games is always a magical occasion and I am extremely impressed at what London 2012 has in store for the global audience."Sir Phillip Craven

The programme, which starts this week and is funded by Arts Council England, will see performers with disability, including established artists and people new to the arts such as rehabilitating soldiers and non competing Paralympians, learn circus arts skills. These new skills will not only to help them with their specialist roles in the Ceremony where they will perform aerial work on a 35m high rig, but also build on these skills after the Games.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony will include an Adult Volunteer Cast of over 3000, Children Volunteer Cast of over 100, and a Professional Cast of over 100.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today confirmed that Barking and Dagenham will host a key rehearsal site for the London 2012 Ceremonies bringing further benefits to the Host Boroughs.

From 19 May the London 2012 Ceremonies crew and cast will move to start rehearsals at the once derelict site in Dagenham, which will now be transformed into a thriving, fully operational rehearsal unit.

The space will replicate the performance area in the Olympic Stadium and will see 110 days of rehearsals take place for all four Ceremonies. The rehearsals will continue right up to the days leading up to the Games whilst the Stadium is prepared for Games-time use.

All of the Host Boroughs are playing their part in the Ceremonies. 3 Mills Studios in Tower Hamlets continues to be the main base for the Ceremonies Team and students from Get Set Network schools in Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest taking part as the under 16s Volunteer Performer Cast.

Source: www.paralympics.org.uk

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