Baku 2017 Closing Ceremony

Jun 2017

It’s not every day you get asked to create a 31 person Pixel-Poi show…

Of course, as is our nature, we jumped at the opportunity. And what a world-class international team of dancers and poi spinners we had!

Our mission comprised two elements: present a spectacular Pixel Poi finale to the closing ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in the Olympic Stadium, Baku and secondly to promote the Azerbaijan F1 which was taking place the following month.

This involved creating the world’s first wire-frame LED F1 car (although sadly not one that can drive anywhere) made up of Pixel-Poi. It took the team many hours of practice as it not only had to look perfect for the live audience but also a worldwide TV viewing audience of over one billion in 50 different countries.

An enthusiastic crowd greeted us as we followed a rousing performance by  singer Eldar Gasimov of Eurovision Song Contest fame. Eldar went down a storm with the live audience. Providing our soundtrack with the song Suret (meaning Speed), was the Azerbaijani legend Tunzala who not only is an incredible singer and composer but was also a sports ambassador at the games.

We had the pleasure of working once again with some familiar faces from our London 2012 Paralymic Games Closing Ceremony performance  – Executive Producer Catherine Ugwu and Artistic Director  Nathan Wright

As well as our hard-working and talented performers we’d like to thank Panos Adamopoulos, Leigh-Anne Vizer and Thanassis Demiris for their creative wisdom and superb organisation.