The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 were a breathtaking feat in immersive storytelling.
Relying more heavily on projected imagery than any other Olympic ceremony, the show was designed to work in front of the 360-degree live audience as well as the much larger broadcast audience. This approach was a delicate balance between projection and lighting in order to successfully merge the two worlds of imagery and live performance.
The screen configuration and content created the overall atmosphere while different environments for each section of the show presented an intimate series of theatrical pieces.
Synchronising the media as it flowed across these surfaces combined the technical with the artistic to create a storytelling experience that touched the audience and moved the world. Praised as one of the best opening ceremonies ever by IOC president Jacques Rogge, these ceremonies reached a global TV audience of over 1 billion, and earned itself an Emmy Award for lighting and projection.
The ceremonies were masterly produced by David Atkins.