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Take That choreographer for Olympic closing ceremonies

Posted on March 3, 2011


olympicsKim Gavin, who directed shows for pop group Take That, has been appointed artistic director of the closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He plans to use dancers, circus performers and actors in the events.


Gavin, who trained at The Royal Ballet School, explains that he wants to put a “UK stamp” on the ceremony. It will be have music by James Bond film composer David Arnold, and designed by Es Devlin, who has designed for the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, as well as for pop star Lady Gaga. The opening Olympic ceremony will be directed by the film director Danny Boyle.


Speaking to The Stage, Gavin said he had been lucky to work with aerialists, actors and circus performers as well as dancers in his career, and wanted to bring those skills to the ceremony. “I want to bring everything that we know is great,” he said.


Photograph: Left to right, Es Devlin, Kim Gavin and David Arnold. Photograph: LOCOG.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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