The World Games ran for one week in early August, bringing competitors from around the world to Nottingham, bookended by incredible City Arts produced opening and closing ceremonies at Harvey Hadden Stadium.
Director Jamie Beddard’s closing ceremony focused on ‘Transformations’: reflecting the athletes’ experience of the games, the new friendships they had developed and their sporting achievements. Opening with an athlete’s procession led by Zodiac All-Stars’ colourful carnival kings, with Stickman Higgins and Mark Evans keeping the audience warmed up, it featured two inspiring illuminated dance pieces: a performance by young people from Cauldwell House children’s home and a beautiful routine, choreographed by Extraordinary Bodies’ Claire Hodgson, in which local people and performers danced with glowing umbrellas.
Throughout the games, video artist Barret Hodgson captured key moments and experiences to produce a short film celebrating the athletes’ journeys. Composer Damian Coldwell created the soundtrack for the night.
A spectacular finale saw Jamie Beddard hoist high into the sky, soaring above the dancers below.
Many thanks to everyone who helped create the ceremonies programme: Ali Talbot and Ben Rossi, and all the CP Sport Team, Sharon Scaniglia, Jamie Beddard, Billy Alwen and Claire Hodgson, Damian Coldwell, Si Tew, Barret Hodgson, Jess Kemp, Nikki Charlesworth, Kinetika, Seely Primary School and Diana Schwanz , Dance4’s Becky Aram and Heather Forknell, Adele Wragg, Sali Gresham, Zodiac All Stars and Derby West Indian Community Association, Ceri Howells and his musicians, SaRena Kay and her dancers, Joff and Justin from Truth and Lies, and Stickman Higgins and Mark Evans for the New Orleans blast at the end!
City Arts will host an exhibition celebrating their involvement in the CPISRA World Games. “Aspirations & Transformations: City Arts at the Cerebral Palsy World Games” launches 18 September 2015.