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Vanoc Unveils 2010 Winter Olympic Ceremonies Creative Team

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Here is the creative team, announced Tuesday, for the opening, closing and nightly victory ceremonies. Team members will work under the direction of executive producer and co-artistic director David Atkins and Ignatius Jones, director, ceremonies strategy and co-artistic director:

• Choreography Director: Jean Grand-Maître.

Quebec-born Jean Grand-Maître has been artistic director of Alberta Ballet since 2002. He has collaborated with dance companies around the world, as well as acrobats and circus performers for musicals, operas, television, film and large outdoor events. He lives in Calgary.

• Design Director: Douglas Paraschuk.

Over the last three decades, Douglas Paraschuk of Stratford, Ont., has designed over 100 regional theatre productions across Canada, including spending 21 seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. In 2006, Paraschuk was part of the ceremonies design team for the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

• Music Director: Dave Pierce.

David Pierce's extensive credits include musical theatre, sporting and cultural events, commercial recordings and live mega spectacles. A resident of Calgary, Pierce has adapted scores for several hit Broadway national tours and was recently commissioned to compose a new work for Queen Elizabeth II.

• Headline Talent Costume Designers: Dsquared2.

Dean and Dan Caten, Canadian twin brothers originally from Toronto, have worked in the high-end fashion industry since moving to Europe in 1991. They are known for their playful, sexy clothing for men and women and for staging theatrical runway shows. They were selected to design the official uniforms for football team Juventus, and their designs have been worn by Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Usher and most recently Britney Spears for her comeback Circus tour.

• Designer: Leslie Frankish.

Leslie Frankish of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has designed over 130 Canadian theatrical productions for companies including the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company and Citadel Theatre.

• Designer: Anne-Séguin Poirier.

A set and costume designer based in Saint-Lambert, Que., Anne-Séguin Poirier is currently working on set design and props for a new Cirque du Soleil production to open in Los Angeles in 2010.

• Designer: Connie Watts.

Connie Watts of West Vancouver is an aboriginal mixed-media artist who has shown her artwork across North America. She is currently project manager of the Vancouver 2010 Venues' Aboriginal Art Program for the 2010 Winter Games.

• Design Coordinator: John Powell.

A member of the Mamalilikulla band of the Kwak'wala-speaking Nation, John Powell is primarily a designer working in fashion, costume, and interior and graphic design. Some of his more recent projects include costumes for the Vancouver Opera's The Magic Flute, Firehall Arts Centre's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and the Chinese/Aboriginal drum video for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

• Designer: Kevin McAllister.

Kevin McAllister of Vancouver designs scenery, lighting and costumes for theatre and opera. His portfolio includes work with the Canadian Opera Company and Vancouver Opera.

• Choreography Associate Director: Marlise McCormick.

Marlise McCormick's international career began at Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and has taken her throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. She has worked as a designer, director or choreographer for large-scale ceremonial events including the 1994 Commonwealth Games. McCormick splits her time between Vancouver and Europe.

• Head of Audiovisual: Cyril Meusy.

Cyril Meusy has worked on projects for Vivendi games as well as the media show for the British Columbia Canada Pavilion at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Meusy specializes in 3-D visualization, art direction and motion graphics. He lives in Burnaby.

• Lighting Director: Bob Dickinson.

Bob Dickinson has won 16 Emmy Awards in his three-decade career in lighting design and has more than 1,500 on-screen television credits including the 1996, 2002 and 2004 Olympic Games, the annual Academy Awards show and nine Super Bowl halftime shows.

• Audio Director: Bruce Jackson.

As sound designer and house sound engineer for Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand, Bruce Jackson has revolutionized stadium sound. The resident of Culver City, Calif., founded leading audio companies such as JANDS Electronics in the 1960s as well as Apogee Electronics. He is currently a vice-president at Dolby Laboratories.

• Headline Talent Producer: Samuel Leon Feldman.

Through two different companies, Sam Feldman represents more than 175 musical artists such as Nelly Furtado, Rush, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello. Feldman is also a partner in The Characters Talent Agency, representing Canadian actors such as Molly Parker and Ryan Reynolds.

• Headline Talent Producer: Dan Fraser.

• Dan Fraser is the president and co-founder of Nettwerk Management, an international recording artist management company based in Vancouver. He manages the touring careers of artists such as Sarah McLachlan and the Barenaked Ladies.

• Headline Talent Producer: Bruce Allen.

For more than 35 years, Bruce Allen has guided the careers of musicians, producers and sports figures in the Canadian entertainment industry. His current roster of talent includes Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Anne Murray and Michael Bublé.

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The contributing creative team is very heavily Canadian, yes, but they are being led by Australians. I see nothing wrong with having a lot of host country content. After all, we always expect to see host culture on display. So this should be no exception.

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