Mass choreography in modern Olympic ceremonies. The emergence of a choreographic line between the period 1984 and 2016
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Author/sScursatone, Isabella Alessandra
Discipline/sActividad Física y Deporte
Arte y Humanidades
There are countless large-scale sporting events that have introduced inaugural ceremonies, but among them the Olympic event continues to retain its uniqueness. Although, over the years, each Olympic ceremony has preserved and implemented its protocol aspect, the artistic component has played a fundamental role in the characterisation of the event. The use of the mass has been continuously present within the ceremonies since the 1970s. However, from the 1984 Los Angeles edition onwards, it is possible to identify the development of a new way of organising the mass that distances itself from the previous, gymnastic exercises. It is at this point that the professional choreographer Judy Chabola begins to define and develop a methodology for mass management in large spaces. The aim of this research is to identify the correlation between Chabola and the choreographers Doug Jack and Bryn Walters, who produced multiple mass choreographies for the Olympic Games in Europe and America in the per...