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22 Mar 2005
Olympic News

Turin 2006: Doug Jack at work

The experience acquired from 10 Olympic Games opening or closing ceremonies, from Barcelona 1992 to Athens 2004: that’s the business card of Doug Jack, the Californian choreographer for the Los Angeles Games, who is currently preparing the show for the Turin 2006 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Meeting with volunteers
Last week, the artist met students from the University of Turin to speak to them of the importance of the volunteers’ role in a Games opening or closing ceremony, the event most covered by the media in the world, and which combines elements of official protocol and the fantasy of an artistic show.

Opening the door to the rest of the world
“The Games opening and closing ceremonies are the chance for a city and a whole country to open their door to the rest of the world. It is the moment when several thousand people appear and get in touch with other people worldwide. I have seen this ten times now, and it never ceases to move me,” declared Doug.

The conditions for volunteers
This meeting was the chance to go into detail about what it means to be a volunteer at the opening and closing ceremonies. There are certain conditions, such as being between 18 and 35, and being available at precise times, outside normal working hours, to take part in the 20-25 meetings, which last a maximum of four hours each – as well, of course, as the five days preceding the ceremonies themselves.

On show and backstage
A huge number of positions are to be filled and these are divided into two main groups: the volunteers who will be on show and those who will be responsible for the production and management backstage.

Individually or in a group
The selection and allocation of the various tasks will begin in April of this year. It is possible to sign up individually by completing the application form on the web site, or in a group, again on the site, using the special form on which the name of a person in charge must be indicated, and he or she will be the sole contact person for any communication.

Learn more on Turin 2006
Official website of Turin 2006
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