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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Darcey Bussell in Wheeldon ballet at Olympics Closing Ceremony

At Sunday’s closing ceremony, Darcey and four male dancers will perform to Spirit Of The Flame at the end of the show. Exact details are still under wraps, but some reports say the showcase, which is being choreographed by the Royal Ballet’s Christopher Wheeldon, will feature some 300 ballet dancers in all.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2186272/Darcey-Bussell-Why-I-normal-mother.html#ixzz23GCVDHYZ

Darcey Bussell with  Edward Watson, Nehemiah Kish, Jonathan Cope,  and Gary Avis.

More pics here, but unfortunately the BBC link will not work outside the UK: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/balletic-climax-to-london-2012-closing-ceremony

I hear that NBC in the States cut this from their broadcast! Shame on them.

Video clip of  the last part here, but not the dramatic entrance:
http://deadspin.com/5934166/nbc-cut-nearly-an-hour-from-its-closing-ceremony-telecast-heres-everything-they-didnt-show-you-including-the-kinks-ray-davies 

Here's the whole piece:


Contrary to media reports that there were hundreds of "Royal Ballet" dancers,
In the ballet section approx 10% were paid pros who were also dancing in other segments, the rest approx 200 were volunteers aged 16 and up who auditioned and 16 royal ballet school students with about the same number of dancers from English National Ballet Company.  This info and more from a really interesting insider view of the piece at  http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/1649-olympics-closing-ceremony/#entry20013

Backstage rehearsal video:



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