Posted on March 3, 2011
Kim 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.