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30 Nov 2005
Olympic News

TORINO 2006: Sneak Preview Of The Ceremonies

The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) has given a sneak preview of what spectators can expect during the forthcoming Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Turin Games. The Opening Ceremony will take place on 10 February and the Closing Ceremony on 26 February 2006. Both ceremonies will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Turin (ex-“Comunale”), and will alternate moments of visual awesomeness with massive choreographies that will combine sumptuous costumes, futuristic apparel structures, rhetoric and irony, as well as fire and ice.
Armani And Bolle
During the ceremonies presentation, TOROC unveiled the identities of two of the stars who will participate in the Opening Ceremony on 10 February. They will be the designer Giorgio Armani and the dancer Roberto Bolle. Armani will dress up the Italian flag that will be brought into the Olympic Stadium during the ceremony, while Bolle, the lead dancer at the La Scala Theatre, will interpret one of the most important segments of the opening with a choreographed performance of great emotional impact that will be an important link in the development of the show.
“Sparks Of Passion”
Design and technology will come together the ceremony thanks to the “Sparks of Passion”, or “Scintille di Passione” in Italian. This group of eight athletes will hurtle around the Olympic Stadium at speeds of up to 70 kmh during the show, in a spectacular act that will see sparks of fire up to two metres long being released from their helmets, thanks to an innovative propulsion system specially designed for this event.
Passion, “Italianness” And Dynamism
The three principal elements of the Torino 2006 ceremonies will be passion, “Italianness” and dynamism. The passion will be portrayed as enthusiasm, creativity, art, style, taste and the search for detail. Passion as the motivation for the sporting gesture, the desire to discover, experiment and reach out for the new will be evident during the show. The “Italianness” will be brought to the ceremony as the expression of style, fashion, design and art. This will also be reinforced through the concept of the piazza. A piazza will be created in the Olympic Stadium for the athletes, making them the centre of the show. Finally, Dynamism, which from art to design and from music to theatre, finds in Turin an internationally recognised point of reference.
Turin Olympic Stadium
The ceremonies will take place inside the new Turin Olympic Stadium, which has been renovated for the occasion. The Stadium was officially inaugurated yesterday, in the presence of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, as Turin and TOROC put the finishing touches to their Olympic preparations.

The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.

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