L in April, just 15 months ago, Tokyo Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori said planning for the opening ceremony was " almost complete ". Three months earlier, the creative director of the ceremony, Mansai Nomura, announced that he and his team "had completed 70-80% " of the show. "We have made constant progressants and I hope you feel excited, "he added. Early reports described the use of animated characters, flying cars, paper doves, and a general theme of coexistence interracial.
But it turned out that instead of almost complete, these early shots were almost entirely rewritten - and by completely different people. Mori was kicked out in February after complaining that women have an 'embarrassing' habit of speaking too much at meetings, while last December Nomura was replaced by the publicist Hiroshi Sasaki, the man whose idea was to dress the Japanese. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Super Mario at the Rio 2016 closing ceremony. kind of breakthrough or hope for the future, "saidSasaki, promising to "change the inflated image of Olympic ceremonies as flamboyant stage performances ". .
Sadly, Sasaki brought drama not to his show, but to her planning: her proposal to dress Naomi Watanabe, a Japanese actress, fashion designer and activist for body positivity, as a giant pig and have her play the role of "Olympig" was released in March, the 'exposing as rather Olympignore and landing him in an Olympickle. He duly followed Mori and Nomura to the exit.
The result is that an unusual amount of uncertainty hangs over the whole of the business. Mom ny ceremonies were touted as genuinely innovative before following a familiar pattern, but the kind of intensely rehearsed and surprisingly synchronized mass choreography that they have traditionally relied on.This is precisely the sort of thing that the Covid pandemic has made particularly difficult to organize, which added to the particularly problematic gestation of the event might leave them with no choice but to try something completely different.
There is no escape from the parade of athletes, although as suggested participants are limited to those staying in the Athletes' Village - where only those in action within the next five days will be allowed to enter - it could be shorter than usual, yet still bustling with serious dress crime (doping has long been a problem at the Games Olympics, but the designers of some of these uniforms could do with regular drug testing). Don't be surprised here by the call of the kettle: after being led by Greece, the teams will come out in Japanese alphabetical order, the Great-Brittany being near the start, while the US is near the end as hosts of future Games. , immediately after the team which is banned from being known as Russia.
Fortunately, whatever the organizers have come up with is very likely to to be better than the ceremony held in Tokyo hosted the Games in 1964. The visual highlights of this spectacle - the release of 10,000 multicolored balloons, then 8,000 doves - involved things that immediately flew out of the way. stadium, which after the endless parade of athletes, speeches and the questionable use of a drumming band in primary school must have aroused in many spectators not only admiration, but also deep jealousy.