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it will be the most boring opening ceremony after atlanta :S

Fly over for a visit. There were some wonderful moments, but also quite a few disorganized looking head-scratchers. It wasn't terrible, but I have yet to speak to anyone on this side of the pond who

I will always see Beijings as a celebration that the Chinese beat their drums to the same beat and Londons a celebration that we each beat our drums to very different beats. Im certainly not trying

Just received an email inviting me to for the ceremonies performer audition! Kinda excited but not really sure what are the time commitments I need to put in as need to juggle that with work! Definitely interested though. Anyone else applied and got informed as well?

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Definitely will go for the audition, let's see how it goes. Just hope it wont clash too much with work! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity too good to pass!

Kevzz, grab it if offered to you. Rehearsal hours (which probably won't start until March next year) are going to be built around the consideration that most of the volunteer-performers have some day job to go to...so maybe like 10-12 hours/week -- mostly after 5:00 in the week or on weekends until say June...and then at that time, it may go to 15-20 hours/week. Last 3 weeks before opening would take more chunks of time.

Negotiate with your employer. Around July, take a leave of absence if you have to and if they can spare you.

Remember too, if they like you, they are going to ask if you'd also like to do Closing and/or the Paralympic Ceremonies as well...so plot this out in advance. (We need a "spy" in there for the Big Opening.) ;)

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Thanks for the advice Baron. Silly but I keep thinking most of the people who applied are probably students so they have no problem to rehearse anytime. And I thought I will be the oldest one there (late twenties) :P

Guess that's not the case then. Could def negotiate with my boss, go off work early on those days. Well, let's see how it is. The email said there's 2 rounds of auditions to go through and you wont know you got a place until Jan 2012. Would prefer just olympic opening ceremony ideally :)

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I agree, do whatever you need to do. OOOh Baron the book arrived, I couldnt message u I think your in box is full. Its a great read, you know your onions!

Good to hear that it arrived, Davey. Thanks. U can email me per the note. I'll wait to hear more from you.

Guess that's not the case then. Could def negotiate with my boss, go off work early on those days. Well, let's see how it is. The email said there's 2 rounds of auditions to go through and you wont know you got a place until Jan 2012. Would prefer just olympic opening ceremony ideally :)

Yeah, that sked seems to be par 4 the course. Remember, u're a volunteer, therefore u control your time. So u r master of your own fate. Start rigging your cell phone camera in your pocket W/O a flash...so you can share some 'juicy' photos here. ;)

And remember, stick thru with it because your folks, better halves, etc., will get them a pair of tix to one of the Dress Rehearsals. Dare I say...u could even sell those. Heck, I'd buy one if none of your kin can't use'em.

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A few interesting hints about the OC in this article:

EPPING: Student chosen to sing at Olympics

A STUDENT who only picked up a guitar for the first time two years ago has spoken of his shock at being chosen to perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and courted by a range of record companies.

Rising star Lovely Imiemoho, 17, only started studying music at Epping Forest College after dropping his business studies course a couple of years ago.

Since then he has seen his career rocket.

In July, after auditioning at the Royal Opera House, he was picked from over 1,500 hopefuls to be part of the choir of young people from throughout the country that will perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27, 2012.

The 100 member strong choir is currently engaged in intensive monthly rehearsal sessions in preparation for the games.

Mr Imiemoho said that the choir would be performing a range of pieces by contemporary composers from around the world as well as a specially composed piece by a British composer for the opening ceremony.

“We have met some of the composers who wrote the pieces and it was really interesting to discuss their work with them.

“They sometimes thought we should be performing their work differently or wanted us to change parts and it was very interesting to be involved in those rehearsals.”

Mr Imiemoho is is also making a name for himself as a solo performer and has taken to the stage at a range of prestigious venues, including Camden’s Roundhouse, and is due to perform in London’s St Pancras Station as part of the Station Sessions festival for emerging talent on September 29.

Mr Imiemoho said: “I always knew I could sing and one day I just decided that I had to do music. Since then it seems that every time I perform I have people coming up to me and giving me opportunities.

“There are so many people who want to be professional musicians and I did not think everything would happen so quickly. It is a little bit of a shock.

“I am just so excited about performing in the Olympic Games opening ceremony because I never thought that I would get this far. “

Mr Imiemoho, who lists his influences as John Legend and Michael Buble, said that he has been approached with promises of wealth from record companies but for the time being wants to focus on developing his song writing skills and expanding his fan base.

Some of the people I will be performing with at the games are world class classical singers and I am learning so much from them at the minute,” he said.

After a gig on Saturday at Waltham Abbey’s I Love Music festival, Epping Forest District Council offered him their support in his his bid for a £15,000 grant to develop his career.

“It is incredible, I think I’d use it buy some instruments for the band I’m forming,” he said.

Guardian

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Mr Imiemoho said that the choir would be performing a range of pieces by contemporary composers from around the world as well as a specially composed piece by a British composer for the opening ceremony.

That sounds strongly as if that "choir" will perform at the parade of athletes, with a song for each nation (or at least a song for each rather famous country). And a specially composed piece by a British composer -- that could be for the entrance of the British athletes.

But: It would be totally new to have not a orchestra but a choir performing during the parade. And how long does the parade take meanwhile? More than two hours? Pretty stressful to the voices, without a longer break.

On the other hand, I can hardly imagine them performing just as part of the cultural segment of the opening ceremony. How would they announce that? "Honouring the athletes, the Olympic Youth Choir will now perform popular contemporary songs from all over the world"? Would be a bit cheesy. But for the parade of nations, it's only fitting (since it has been done several times before) that they perform typical music from the participating nations.

Whatever their exact function at the ceremony will be: That choir obviously is a reference to the young choirs who performed "God Save The Queen" at the Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies in Beijing. Clever!

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Britain does have a very strong choral tradition dating back centuries. It's nice that that's being recognised. The choir in Beijing was easily the most successful part of the handover, so I'm glad it's being replicated for the OC.

I hope we get a good variety of music from this choir and not just kitschy pop rearrangements.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G-_73qnTRo

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Yes, that was just an example, but modern doesn't have to mean naff. I hope the music composed for the ceremony draws on all the musical traditions we have from Tallis to the Beatles and beyond. That can be set to and accompanied by modern dance and lighting and doesn't need to sound like it's coming from a chapel, but there's enough scope, if choir is going to be central to the OC, to draw on all sorts of musical influences, not only the most modern or well known.

There was a very cynical article I read last week about how the UK doesn't have a cultural signature to draw on like New Zealand's Haka, they suggested a man with a broken pint glass I think. But if an unaccompanied choir could be a thread throughout segments of the ceremony I think it could be very British but not necessarily old-fashioned if treated correctly. It's a really neat idea.

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Yes, that was just an example, but modern doesn't have to mean naff. I hope the music composed for the ceremony draws on all the musical traditions we have from Tallis to the Beatles and beyond. That can be set to and accompanied by modern dance and lighting and doesn't need to sound like it's coming from a chapel, but there's enough scope, if choir is going to be central to the OC, to draw on all sorts of musical influences, not only the most modern or well known.

Yes, but as stated above: The choir will perform songs from all over the world, not only from Britain.

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Hi guys just lifted this from skyscrapercity Opening Ceremony thread...

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​Quote from fiddlediddle:-

little insider information for you. This brief was put out to theatrical agents recently.

Brief:

...... ......

The ceremonies are creatively led and both artistic directors are keen to include artists of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds in their casting.

...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Hero- Lead (Male, 27 - 34)

OPENING CEREMONY

Hero - Lead

Male aged late 20’s to early 30’s. Excellent RP speaking voice. Has gravitas. An innovator and leader in his field. Must have a mid-Victorian period look. Artist will be required to recite a section from a piece of famous literature.

Height : Any

Ethnicity : Any

...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Heroes- Ensemble (Male, 18 - 100)

Heroes – Ensemble

Male – various ages and ethnicities but must have a mid-Victorian period look. Will be required to give instruction during performance.

Height : Any

Ethnicity : Any

...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

DANCERS (Gender not specified, 18 - 100)

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES

Dancers

We require a large number of dancers with exceptional ability in all disciplines of tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, swing and jive. The choreography in certain sections will be extremely demanding and will require a 100% physical fitness. All ethnicities required.

Height : Any

Ethnicity : Any

Specialist Skills

Male and female artists with circus skills.

Tbh not sure what to make of it re the "Victorian" bit. Are they going down the "Steam punk" angle ie Sherlock Holmes film or just a few little White lies to put us off the scent.

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The Hero - Lead's mandate sounds slightly similar to what Donald Sutherland did in the Vancouver OC, saying all those quotes from Canadian history.

Well, I think it's more than JUST announcing or oratory delivery. They have specified a "mid-Victorian look."

So I definitely think there will be a strong LITERARY content to the show...as I had predicted.

Yippie, I think it's going to be like a MARY POPPINS ceremony!! Wonderful!!

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I think that snippet sits well with the early rumours that Boyle would use the Thames to tell the story of London, that would have to include a victorian Industrial Revolution segment, or indeed a Dickens Literature bit

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I was hoping London's will be the first time in Olympic ceremony where there will be no historical reference at all. Just focus on what London is today and the future.

Hence was a bit disappointing when I read here that there will be a Victorian character/ story line. Of course, the Brits can never get past their Victorian glory days... well guess I am expecting too much for the ceremony to be completely different.

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I'm getting the steampunk vibe for part of the ceremony. Its having a revival. Sorry guys I still haven't figured how to put pics on here but here's a description from Wikipedia:-

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steampunk&mobileaction=view_normal_site

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Well, I think it's more than JUST announcing or oratory delivery. They have specified a "mid-Victorian look."

So I definitely think there will be a strong LITERARY content to the show...as I had predicted.

Yippie, I think it's going to be like a MARY POPPINS ceremony!! Wonderful!!

I am so excited to hear this news. I had hoped for a ceremony of this type and at the moment it sounds just perfect. Although very little has been revealed.

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Well, I think it's more than JUST announcing or oratory delivery. They have specified a "mid-Victorian look."

So I definitely think there will be a strong LITERARY content to the show...as I had predicted.

Yippie, I think it's going to be like a MARY POPPINS ceremony!! Wonderful!!

this goes along with my prediction 3 years ago about the olympic flame smile.gif:

marylondon.jpg

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I was hoping London's will be the first time in Olympic ceremony where there will be no historical reference at all. Just focus on what London is today and the future.

Hence was a bit disappointing when I read here that there will be a Victorian character/ story line. Of course, the Brits can never get past their Victorian glory days... well guess I am expecting too much for the ceremony to be completely different.

No. U can NEVER totally remove a historical reference angle.

#1 - It shows what an old, mature civilization the Games are being hosted by this time. (Even tiny DOha, land of tribal goatsmen and camel-handlers, pulled out all the stops with a 'glorious' 1,001 Arabian Nights story in their Doha 2006 show.)

#2 - To get to your 'present and future,' you have to start with the past because it gives context to your "present/future." The complete story will always be past-present-future because that fulfills the basic tenets of telling a sound story: beginning, middle and end.

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No. U can NEVER totally remove a historical reference angle.

#1 - It shows what an old, mature civilization the Games are being hosted by this time. (Even tiny DOha, land of tribal goatsmen and camel-handlers, pulled out all the stops with a 'glorious' 1,001 Arabian Nights story in their Doha 2006 show.)

#2 - To get to your 'present and future,' you have to start with the past because it gives context to your "present/future." The complete story will always be past-present-future because that fulfills the basic tenets of telling a sound story: beginning, middle and end.

Yep. The past is the prototype from which the future is born. It's like looking at an oak tree and not acknowledging it was once a seed.

I really hope the historical portrayal of British history is not compromised by political correctness. But I have a funny feeling we'll get Shakespeare followed by Dizee Rasscal doing an urban hymm to Hackney council estates and knocked-off Sony Playstation entrepreneurs with accompanying 'dancing' from gangsta massiiiiiive hip-hoppers coz that's just so em, British, innit?

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