May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Pat Coughtrey
, News Editor
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The artistic masterminds behind the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony have promised as “spectacular celebration of the inspirational spirit”.
Co-directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings, told of their plans while visiting a training workshop for the selected performers.
And they promised a ceremony that “challenges perceptions of human possibility” at the Stratford Olympic Stadium on August 29.
Without being specific organisers used words like “ground-breaking” and “innovative” to showcase the excellence of deaf and disabled artists.
It will feature a cast of over 3,000, including a group of youngsters from Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, a flypast
Fifty specialist performers are currently part of an eight-week circus skills training programme taking place in Hackney.
Rehearsals for Enlightenment, as the ceremony is called, begin in Dagenham, later this month with Three Mills Studios on the Stratford/Bow border as the main base for the Ceremonies Team and students from all five host boroughs.
Jenny said: “Bradley and I are on a rollercoaster of a journey and with us we have an awesome creative team, a wonderful professional cast and an extraordinary team of volunteers.”
Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales said it is fantastic that Newham talent has been recognised by LOCOG.
He went on: “An important part of the Olympic legacy is the inspirational power it can have, in demonstrating how much our children can achieve, whether it is through sport, music, dance and much more.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our schoolchildren.”