Olympic opening ceremony called Isles of Wonder

By Simon Hayes on January 27, 2012 1:02 PM |

olympicceremonies.jpgThe opening ceremony of London's Olympic Games will be called Isles of Wonder, inspired from Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

The announcement was made this morning by artistic director Danny Boyle at an event to mark the start of the six-month countdown to the event.

The Oscar-winning film director said: "We've called the show Isles of Wonder, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest.

"Our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people."

The opening ceremony for the Games will take place on July 27 at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and more than 900 youngsters from the host broroughs will have the chance to take part in it, as well as in the closing cermony and both Paralympic ceremonies.

Dubbed the Mass Movement Team, the seven-13-year-olds will be part of large-scale choreography, as well as dance routines.

Up to 1,650 youngsters, broken down into seven-nine and 11-13 age groups from 18 primary and seven secondary schools, have been auditioning in recent weeks. All the schools are part of London 2012's Get Set education network.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "Being part of the ceremonies is a great way of inspiring young people. I'm delighted schoolchildren from the host boroughs will be part of the show and help tell our story to the world.

"The students involved will have an incredible experience which will build their confidence and a sense of pride in themselves, their friends, family, school and wider community."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "We want to create a legacy from the Games by inspiring our young people and ensuring they are at the heart of the celebrations."

Applications are open until February 22 for adult volunteer performers to audition to participate in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Organisers are looking for 5,000 volunteer performers to fill roles as dancers, actors, percussionists and general all-round performers.

To apply go to london2012.com/ceremoniescasting.

Meanwhile, control of the Olympic Park will be handed to the 2012 organising committee today.