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Wednesday 29 August 2012

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will kick off this evening with an Opening Ceremony involving over 100 child volunteers, 3,000 adult volunteers and 100 professionals, including deaf and disabled artists.

The ceremony, titled Enlightenment, is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest (in echo of Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony) and explores Britain’s history of science and discovery. Directors Jenny Sealey (Graeae) and Bradley Hemmings (Greenwich+Docklands festival and disability arts festival Liberty) commented:

We’re determined the ceremony should speak from the heart, tell a story, showcase our world-leading deaf and disabled artists and rise to the emotional and historic occasion of the homecoming of the Paralympics.

The show features choreography by Motionhouse’s director Kevin Finnan and Mark Smith of Deaf Men Dancing.

Tune in to the Paralympics Opening Ceremony tonight. Coverage from 8pm, Channel 4.

Read Opening Ceremony dancer James Ballardie’s blog

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