Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vancouver 2010 - Closing Ceremony

It had to come to an end. Sunday night, I watched the Closing Ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It wasn't as bad as the Opening Ceremony. The place made to French wasn't really all that great, but there was a tiny little effort (you had to pay attention).

The Olympic Flame - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Costume wise, my eyed were stimulated as well. First, there were white clad preppy dancing snowboards.

Dancing Snowboarders - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Okay, honestly, their outfits were a little on the boring side. Cute, but not all that interesting.

IOC Representatives Angela Ruggiero (USA) and Adam Pengilly (UK), with volunteers - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

We also got to see up close what the volunteers' outfits looked like. The padded parka skirt is an interesting look. It reminds me of an inflatable beach bag I have.

Team Canada - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

I know that the Athletes were dressed by the Hudson Bay Co., but why, oh why did they have to make them wear granny sweaters and hats with ear flaps!

Team Canada - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

They looked ridiculous!

At least the show was better.

Hockey Puck Kid - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

We were shown a real Vegas skit, à la Canada.

Hockey Players - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Although I did not really relate to the themes, I did find it hilarious that they took all the stereotypes circulating about Canada and used them in this big parody dance skit.

Sexy Mounties - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

The sexy Mounties' costumes were kind of fun. I'm sure the RCMP will take offense, but still.

Maple Leaves - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

The Maple Leaves impressed me the most: here are back pieces reminiscent of what you might find in Rio at Carnival.

Maple Leaf - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

I'm not so sure about the green hunter's cap though...

My favourite part of the show came with the performances of Sochi, the next city to hold the Winter Olympics.

Bubble - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Led lights clad acrobats in transparent zorbs: it was just dreamy.

Bubbles - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Led lights are used more and more often in performance costumes of this scale, but I think this was the best effect I have seen to date.

Opera singer Anna Netrebko - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Then there was Opera singer Anna Netrebko: she looked like she had borrowed her dress from Queen Amidala's wardrobe!

Opera singer Anna Netrebko - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

The "wings" were especially impressive.

Ballet Dancers - Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony

Finally, what is Russia without Ballet, and ballet costumes are always beautiful. I only wish I could have seen more of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky ballets.

So there you have it. Olympics are over. What will I talk about now? Hmm... How about Ballet?

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