Manchester’s Commonwealth Games demanded a diverse and aesthetically beautiful closing ceremony – and we shaped a truly memorable goodbye, sealed with an international message of hope.
Our epic and visually engaging work communicated a universal message of hope to a sell-out stadium audience of 38,000 and a further one billion TV viewers worldwide. Simplicity, poignancy and inclusivity were key drivers of this major commission – and the huge anticipation for this prestigious event was met with an ambitious, inclusive and inspirational performance.
Directed by Nigel Jamieson, the ceremony saw us work with more than 50 artists over the course of just eight weeks. Combining large-scale spectacle with intimate spirituality, a series of large-scale lanterns merged to form a 50ft luminous human body, surrounded by religious structures from cultures around the world. A tightly choreographed display formed a river of light symbolising common humanity, as a specially commissioned soundtrack by Dave Stewart filled the stadium.