Friday, July 16, 2010

One Stage, Many Talents At Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

The opening show for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will see local talents, Iskandar Ismail, Brian Gothong Tan and Frederick Lee gathered on the same stage. Serving as Music Director/Producer, Multimedia Director and Costume Designer respectively, the trio will work with Creative Director Ivan Heng to create a show featuring the best that Singapore has to offer.

Marriage of Music and Multimedia

Music is the backbone of the production. To find the best music talents, Music Director/Producer, Iskandar Ismail, spearheaded a nation-wide effort to assemble a team of Singapore’s best composers and arrangers. Together with this team of 22 composers and arrangers, a soundtrack, made up of re-arranged and newly composed music, has been produced to showcase our local talents.

A total of 39 tracks will be used for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, among which are "Across the Finish Line" sung by Seah Wei Wen, and "For What We Believe", written by Geraldine Ho, a former National Hockey player.

With the shimmering Marina Bay as a backdrop, Multimedia Director, Brian Gothong Tan, and his team members (all of whom are under 24 years old) will marry the music with multimedia to create a multimedia extravaganza that adds a further dimension to multiple segments of the show. Three multimedia segments from the show “Countdown”, “S.O.S” and “Citius, Altius, Fortius” were previewed.

Play of Colours and Materials

The audience can expect a visual treat of flamboyant designs from Costume Designer, Frederick Lee.
The costumes include those from show segment "Monsters", which features a bold play of colours and materials. Students from Lasalle College of the Arts will also parade their eco-friendly fashion designs made from recycled materials in the “Bud” segment. The show will also feature special costumes, including fire-retardant pieces from the show segment "Playing with Fire".

In total, there will be approximately 8,500 sets of costumes for both the Opening and Closing ceremonies, excluding the ones designed by Lasalle students.

Creating Waves with 200-tonne Water Stage 

More than 200 tonnes of water will be used to create a Reflecting Pool in the Singapore 2010 Opening Ceremony. This amount of water is equivalent to the volume that fills one lane of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The Reflecting Pool will be the stage on which more than 7,000 youth performers will come together to perform a spectacular show.

Designed by Stage Designer Randy Chan, the reflective property of the pool will enhance the boldness of the music, multimedia and costume design, and give an additional dimension to the movements, colours and lights in the show.

The width of the pool measures 90.5m wide and 50.1m in length. It has a circumference of 243m.

About Singapore 2010 – Blazing the Trail

Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and 320,000 spectators. Young athletes - aged between 14 and 18 years - will compete in 26 sports and take part in a Culture and Education Programme.

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. It will create a lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally and regionally. 

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Issued by: Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee


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