LONDON 2012

 

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HEAD OF MASS MOVEMENT CHOREOGRAPHY

Opening & closing ceremonies

OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

  1. Delivery of Artistic Vision for three Creative Teams

  2. Mass Cast Training & Staging

  3. Live Action Direction from Control Room

  4. Parade of Athletes Delivery Front & Back-of-House

  5. Head of 29-person all-star Mass Choreography Team

  6. Audition Curriculum Design & Lead Instructor

  7. Technical Script, Charting & Protocol Blocking

OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Developed the teaching and conditioning strategy, charted the cuts, paths and flow routes for 2,500 volunteer cast. Over 5,000 pieces of turf, astro, fences, livestock and scenic elements were cleared within Artistic Director Danny Boyle’s seven-minute allotment. Majority photos courtesy Ben Delfont.

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Olympic opening ceremony: PARADE OF ATHLETES

Live-directed 10,000 Athletes, 1,000 Marshals, 204 Placardbearers. Delivered one minute under my estimate of 1h50m. Athlete transfer from Village to Stadium was managed by Paul Neaum.

Parade of Athletes

How-To video distributed

to schools in the UK

for World Sport Day.

Trained the marshals to create human gates - - opening and closing on cue - - to regulate the flow of Athletes.

OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY

PARALYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY

Directed the Athletes’ mass entry from the tunnel and through the audience into eight wedges. The challenge was judging by eye when to cut the flow into each section to achieve equal capacity.

Worked with the production designer to develop an appealing seating arrangement that promoted speedy ingress plus left ample flexible space for over 1,500 wheelchair athletes to sit directly beside their teammates.

7,000 Athletes were seated on the field of play for the ceremony.  Trained 500 Marshals to expedite seating during the parade and to protect the Athletes from fast-moving scenic elements throughout the show.

PARALYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY: FINALE

As often happens with mass cast curtain calls - - this scene was never fully-rehearsed until showtime. 3,250 cast members created the “Agitos,” the Paralympic’s equivalent to the Olympic Rings.

VOLUNTEER AUDITIONS

PARALYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY

THE Mass team

Lead the 29-person Mass Choreography Team (the largest & most experienced ever assembled.) We worked side-by-side with three creative teams who were new to this scale of production. We crafted their artistic visions into teachable concepts that meshed with all departments of the production. The Team taught show blocking to the cast of 16,000 during five months of rehearsals run concurrently at three venues.

Mass Leaders

Nathan Wright

Nikki Woollaston

Rocky Smith

Gina Martinez

Soha Frem

Bryn Walters

Trained Athlete Escorts for their Heart formation. Directed Marshals throughout the night to form and dissolve soft borders between performers and athletes for fire, water and vehicle hazards.

Mass Coordinators

Ben Clare

Laura Gill

Vickie Igbokwe

Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Tash Khamjani

Katie Pearson

Barbarana Pons

Wendy Steatham

Mass Assistants

Edwina Allen

Taylor Anthony

Polly Bennett

Rachelle Conroy

Mez Howard

Sean Mulligan

Brenda Newhouse

Darragh O’Leary

Joseph Pitcher

Richard Pitt

Simone Sault

Carla Trim-Vamben

Claira Vaughan

Jayde Westaby

Parade of Athletes Coordinator

Paul Neaum


Parade of Athletes Assistant

Darrin Peters


Intern

Lexi Hiland


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TECHNICAL SCRIPT

Responsible for building and editing the technical script for both Olympic Ceremonies until June 2012. 

The document could be abstracted by discipline. Segment names, cast numbers, cumulative timings and participating teams automatically updated via a master index. 

In a three months period, 16,000 volunteers auditioned, twice. One general call and one scene-specific call. Two-hundred sessions of up to 200 people each (often running concurrently in three studios.)  Responsible for designing the curriculum, starting and wrapping each session, and leading a team of nine choreographers.