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9 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Huh.  Ric Birch never mentioned those dress rehearsal glitches in his book -- understandably.  It was a super-complicated show


There was a special on Channel 7 last night showing a replay of the Ceremony interviews of performers from that evening. 

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Having watched the behind the scenes overview of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, I actually liked the design of the stadium back then compared to now. 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/50/44/ea/5044ea68a0bb29db59037f3a937652cc.png

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17 hours ago, PikyoK said:

Having watched the behind the scenes overview of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, I actually liked the design of the stadium back then compared to now. 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/50/44/ea/5044ea68a0bb29db59037f3a937652cc.png

I find it funny looking at that stadium- it doesnt look THAT big- but it held 115,000! Looks smaller than the LA Colliseum or Birds Nest for example, but held a lot more people. Was an amazing venue during the Games...

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On 8/22/2020 at 5:51 AM, AustralianFan said:

Athens 2004 OC Dress Rehearsal - crazy woman attacks DJ Tiesto

Also at the Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony  Dress Rehearsal, a mentally un-balanced adult woman ran screaming very loudly up up to DJ Tiesto and physically attacked and punched him during the parade of nations (school kids playing athletes) and a Greek volunteer with me said that she was screaming “Devil Music, Devil Music”.   I was sitting nearby a few rows back with other volunteers and it took ages for people to react and security  guards to arrive and restrain her. It was never reported in the media and to this day I don’t know how a lid was kept on it.

Not a glitch, but Bjork’s blue dress later that night fanned out beautifully without any problem over the heads of the school kids playing the athletes. Yes, it was during the actual OC that it didn’t work as rehearsed.

 

:lol:   I guess Athens 2004 can now be looked back on as the Games of the Crazies. Remember this? 

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I tell you, the Olympic Games can drive some people crazy. 

Old Greek saying: those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad/crazy!!  :lol:

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 I remember that someone from this board who was among the audience told that they were instructed before the ceremony to switch the flashlights on gradually. You can also recognise that by the projection on the stadium's floor around k.d. Lang - the lights slowly extended from her place in the middle towards the edges of the infield and the stands. 

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Its not too talked because in the end nothing bad happened, thankfully. But russian hackers attempted to disrupt the PC2018 opening as revenge for the ban against their country because of doping. While some computers were hacked, thankfully the show was not disrupted and none of us learned about it until later. With Russia being banned once more for Tokyo 2020, I wonder if the hackers will try to pull the same move again (that, if we ever get the Tokyo games :()

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/25/17050868/winter-olympics-2018-russia-north-korea-cyberattack-opening-ceremonies

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On 6/4/2021 at 12:30 PM, saltbayone said:

Speaking of Bjork, she was romantically involved with Papaioannou; which is how she got that gig. The gymnast, Alyena whats-her-namsky??

Hello Saltbayone,  I don't believe this to be true.  Bjork was commissioned by the IOC to compose a song for the Olympics and to perform it at the Opening Ceremony of Athens 2004.  Therefore, she produced the song Oceania for the IOC, and the IOC stipulated that the song and performance by Bjork must be included in the ceremony.  You can read more about this here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania_(song)

Dimitris Papaioannou, the creative director for the Athens 2004 opening ceremony and friend of mine, is openly gay and has discussed his sexuality in numerous interviews.  You can read more here: https://elephant.art/dimitris-papaioannou-personal-saint-mother-figure/  https://www.fugues.com/2019/01/17/the-genius-of-greek-artist-dimitris-papaioannou/  https://www.ft.com/content/10aa6815-e94e-46ba-8d0e-5c99bbb64f8a

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The subject of this thread is why I wish more topics were merged into fewer threads.

Glitches have occurred at ALL games, whether intentional or not. Such as various producers having a weak sense of choreography or the monorail track at the 2000 games' cauldron momentarily malfunctioning.

It's just about impossible for events that involve thousands of participants to not have goofs.

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