London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony


How will you review an Olympics closing ceremony? I’m unsure you’ll be able to, particularly when it’s a combination of pageant, pop-concert, street-party and presentation ceremony. Unlike Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony, Kim Gavin’s closing you no hidden narrative but basically found some kaleidoscopic spectacle based on what Gavin themselves known as “a mashed-up symphony of British music”.

It started somewhat oddly with Stomp turning the London Eye in to a huge percussion instrument and Timothy Spall erupting in the top a mocked-up Large Ben to supply Caliban’s “the isle is stuffed with noises” speech. As well as the isle it had been full of noises just like a celebration in the morning created your dog Shop Boys parading in angular floats, One Direction undertaking on articulated lorries and Ray Davies stopping by to sing Waterloo Sunset. Not, I suspect, your average morning but nevertheless pretty amazing.

Possibly most likely probably the most inspired idea wound up being to show the entry in the national flags as well as the participating sports sports athletes of 204 nations into something unsolemn and informal. The rivals put to the stadium, many of them lowering everyone else lanes then filling the gaps inside the huge Damien Hirst Union Jack artwork that covered the entire surface. Far removed the normal pompous parade of nations, it absolutely was democratic, cheerful and incredibly slightly untidy and you may start to see the pleasure round the athletes’ faces simply because they jigged, jived, needed button button snaps in addition to, inside the situation of the couple of Frenchmen, switched exhibitionist somersualts.

I allow it to relaxation others to judge when the large musical section will be a fair overview of British play the final fifty years. Nevertheless it certainly produced some eye-catching moments plus a reconstituted kind of John Lennon singing Imagine, Kaiser Chiefs backed by an setup of leather-clad bikers, Annie Lennox waiting for the prow from the skeletal ship with Medieval family and buddies as well as the Spice Women emerging from the amount of London cabs. We also have a tribute to British fashion with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell together with other models clad in symbolic gold.

You won’t ever review a show similar to this. You’ll be able to only describe it. But what emerged through all the smoke, strobe lighting and effects was the energy of British popular culture within the last handful of decades as well as the gaiety within our Olympic occasions. What also strikes me happens when much the Olympics has owed to British subsidised theatre. Es Devlin, who designed many of the closing ceremony, can be a figure whose work known on British stages. Danny Boyle, who created the opening ceremony, once familiar with run the little Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. And Stephen Daldry, creative director for that occasions, can be a guy Initially when i first experienced just like a gangly youth in worn sports footwear running the even tinier Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. With one another, they have done a substantial job in lending what might have been orthodox Olympic traditions a lot of fun of theatrical vitality.