UEFA Euro 2008: closing ceremony
June 29th, 2008
Project development (Opening & Closing ceremonies): 13 months
In May 2007 Martin Arnaud and the agency Auditoire won the international competition launched by UEFA to design, produce and stage the EURO 2008 opening and closing ceremonies.
Just a few minutes before the final between Germany and Spain…
In Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadion, 50,000 jubilant spectators await the Closing Ceremony with baited breath…
Waltz of the Nations
Tribute is paid to the 16 competing nations, represented by Waltzing Puppets on the field.
A three-part waltz of warriors, where the steps reinterpret the competition process on a field in the grips of the wild beat.
The lackeys – acting as masters of ceremony – uncover the ground step by step, enabling the winners to get to the final.
All around the field are 300 “supporters” encouraging the spectators to support their teams.
Les Petits Français
Martin Arnaud, Concept, Show Design and Direction
Marilyn Kuentz, Artistic Producer
Philippe Castanet, General Production
Chipie, Production Direction
Valentine Ventura, Artistic Coordination
Jean-Marc Hennaut, Technical Direction
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK & SOUND DESIGN
Dulcie Best, Costume Design
Anne Marie Baron, Costume Designer Assistant
Olivier Fermier & Frédéric Lanjouere, Prop Design