VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - After a three-month international search, the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) announced today that it has selected Vancouver-based Patrick
Roberge Productions (PRP) Inc. as producer of the Paralympic Opening and
Closing Ceremonies. PRP Inc. will collaborate with VANOC to develop the
overall theme and content of both ceremonies and will create and direct both
"We are thrilled to select a local Vancouver company that has excelled
over the last two decades in producing world-class events that celebrate
Canada's unique culture, including the highly successful and engaging 2010
mascot launch that captured the hearts and imagination of adults and children
across Canada," said David Guscott, VANOC's executive vice-president,
celebrations and partnerships. "British Columbians and Canadians are renowned
for their hospitality and generous spirit. We want the world's top
Paralympians to feel inspired and embraced by the entire nation as we
celebrate the hallmarks of the Paralympic Movement: enabling Paralympic
athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world."
In 410 days, an estimated 1,350 of the world's top winter sport
Paralympic athletes and team officials from more than 40 countries will gather
in BC Place in downtown Vancouver to celebrate a spectacular indoor Opening
Ceremony. A cast of thousands, including performers with a disability, will
delight the crowd of 55,000 and showcase the unique heritage and creativity of
British Columbians and Canadians from coast to coast to coast during the
two-hour celebration on March 12, 2010. The lighting of the Paralympic
Cauldron will provide an inspirational climax to the Opening Ceremony and
signal the start of the Games.
Nine days later, the Games will draw to its official end in the Host
Mountain Resort of Whistler in a unique outdoor amphitheatre designed
especially for the two-hour Closing Ceremony. The event will include a special
handover ceremony for the next Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in Sochi,
Russia, in 2014.
"It's an honour to be selected for such a prestigious event," said PRP
company president and creative director Patrick Roberge. "Our team's goal is
to produce a ceremony that celebrates the possible. The Ceremonies will offer
a tremendous opportunity for the community to share in this Paralympic
celebration. We want to create a memorable, inspirational experience for the
live and television audiences, and remind them that when it comes to what an
individual can accomplish the only limit we have is our imagination."
Since 1986, Vancouver-based Patrick Roberge Productions has produced
events and spectacles around the world. Veterans of Expo 86 and the 1988
Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, PRP has created memorable events including
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Royal Jubilee visit to Vancouver; the inaugural
Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong; the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Emblem launch
and mascot launch; and most recently produced the Canada Games' ceremonies in
Whitehorse and events at the BC Canada Pavilions in Torino, Italy and Beijing,
China. PRP's experience in telling unique Canadian stories has included
anniversary celebrations for Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour, the 25th
anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope and the opening of the North
American Indigenous Games. The company will work hand-in-hand with the
Ceremonies team already in place at VANOC.
VANOC's mission is reflected in the official Vancouver 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games Emblem, which will be woven throughout the Paralympic ceremonies.
The heart of the Games, the emblem represents the athletes' inner strength and
personal transformation as they push themselves to new heights in the pursuit
of excellence and a celebration of the possible.
"It's hard to describe what it's like for us as athletes to walk out into
the stadium during the Opening Ceremony and hear the roar of the crowd,"
recalled Paralympic alpine skier Karolina Wisniewska of Calgary, who has won
six medals since first competing at the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games.
"I remember it was the most amazing feeling that came over me in Salt Lake
City in 2002 to see all of those people going crazy cheering and waving. There
were so many Canadian flags in the crowd! It was truly overwhelming and
emotional and I was so happy to be there representing Canada."
Events on the Paralympic sport program are fast-paced and highly
physical, including alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing, which
will all take place in Whistler, and ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling
in Vancouver, resulting in small-town spirit and big-city facilities with
world class exposure for the more than 64 Paralympic events.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March
12 to 21, 2010. Tickets to the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies go on sale May 6,
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
PRP Inc. is a live entertainment and show production company that
specializes in creating spectacular, large-scale shows and events. Based out
of Vancouver, BC, PRP's award winning team boast more than 20 years of high
profile international events and entertainment production. Visit
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For further information: media can contact: Erin Mikaluk, Vancouver
2010, (604) 403-2471, Erin_Mikaluk@vancouver2010.com; Ruth Knoop, Patrick
Roberge Productions Inc., (604) 251-7796, firstname.lastname@example.org;