Tokyo Games opening ceremony will be “sober”, not extravagant

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Forget the big choreographies, the immense props and the abundance of dancers, actors and lights associated with the ceremonies of opening of the Olympic Games, the grand opening of Tokyo on Friday it will have none of that splendor and grandeur.

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Instead, it will be a short, “sober” performance, veteran executive producer of opening ceremonies, and now senior adviser to executive producers at Tokyo ceremonies, Marco Balich, said in an interview with Reuters.

“It will be a much more sober ceremony. Still, with a beautiful Japanese aesthetic. Very Japanese, but also in sync with today’s feeling, reality,” said Balich.

“We have to do our best to complete this Olympics which I hope will be the only one of its kind.”

Covid-19 cases on the rise in Tokyo cast a huge shadow over the event, which, delayed last year because of the pandemic, will be held without a public.

Japan this month decided that competitions will be held in empty arenas and stadiums to minimize health risks.

So far, there have been more than 70 cases of Covid-19 infections in Japan among those accredited to the Games, since July 1, when many athletes and authorities began arriving.

This also affected the opening ceremony as many will arrive shortly before their competitions and leave shortly thereafter to avoid contact as much as possible.