London Closing. What might one say?
As Olympic Ceremonies go, that was a pretty darn great … Rock Concert.
As a show, it was fairly seamless; keeping the acts rolling on and off the many stages on, in and around various platforms and vehicles kept the transitions smooth and fast. Most everyone saw their favorite performers, and the disparate collection of artists was extensive and encompassing.
A cacophony of concert cliché; produced to within an inch of its life. Colorful, sparkly and fast-paced.
Logistically; that show moved, smoothly and well.
Big Win: Annie Lenox’ Goth-o-Rama.
Epic Fail: Children’s Choir singing “Imagine” and forming the visage of John Lennon. That one’s been done to death.
Biggest WTF: “Supermodels” being trucked-in to Walk and Pose.
Favorite Anachronistic “Moment”: The Umbrella-clad vocalist floating up, onto the stage, past the protagonists, continuing offstage left…
Most Impressive: That the Spice Girls could get through their entire performance without once looking at one another.
What was missing: Dance Rehearsals, among other things. The choreography was a sloppy mess. Again, far too much dependence on video support to read what was taking place on the field.
There’s really not much more to say. There was no narrative, no heart-in-the-throat-ness, no Ceremony to speak of; never materialized or coalesced into something with moving message, something Olympian.
It was – as touted – a great, big party. I’m sure the athletes had fun, and well they should.
I worry what this portends for Rio. Given the absence of form and substance in both Ceremonies, I wonder at this precedent and how it will affect the concept and execution in 2016 and beyond.
On to other, more productive conversations.
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