Isa, Bahrain, October 25, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The first ever GCC Games (Bahrain 11) was provided a spectacular Opening Ceremony by mamemo productions at the Bahrain National Stadium on October 11, 2011.
With a program conceptualized by Managing & Creative Director Sam Katiela, the Opening Ceremony was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and attended by local & regional dignitaries including HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Youth & Sports and Bahrain Olympic Committee Chief HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, General President of Youth Welfare Presidency and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee HRH Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and President of the Olympic Council of Asia HE Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.
“It is a great honor for me and the whole mamemo productions family to produce the opening for the very first event that showcases to the world the strength and unity of the Gulf through sports,” remarks Sam Katiela. “This was a historic event for all of us.”
The Opening Ceremony concept focused on several performance highlights:
· Tribute to GCC – A Bahrain Olympic Council-commissioned song with mass choreography by hundreds of volunteer Bahraini students
· Roots of Sports – a highly emotional production involving a significant number ofBahraini police cadets, maneuvering giant fabrics onstage, to depict how the spirit of sport is linked to the environment of the people of the Gulf
· The Bahrain 11 Logo Reveal – an artistic show highlighting the inspiration behind the Bahrain 11 Logo, featuring a combination of shadow performers, real time 3D animation, and a special choreography of larger than life elements of the logo coming to life onstage.
· The Grand Finale – a climactic highlight of the event that began with a dramatic lighting of the Olympic cauldron by Bahraini football star Mohammed Salmeen and runner Roqaya al-Ghassra and several groups of local children carrying their own torches. Followed by the Symphony of Fire and Drums where Bahraini drummers interacted live with choreographed fire cannons, and the grand Symphony of Fire, Light and Pyro, where the whole stadium erupted in a spectacular 5-minute choreography of the latest in fire flame technology and thousands of rounds of pyrotechnics, all programmed in a virtual interface that allowed precise timing of bursts.
These highlights unfolded on the larger than life stage and screen setup composed of an 810sqm-area wide stage and an enormous array of 4 screens with a total projection space of 336sqm.
mamemo productions was responsible for the whole live show event, with official TV coverage and broadcast by Abu Dhabi TV.