k.d. lang and Cirque du Soleil for Outgames opening
May 29, 2006
MONTREAL, Canada — All those coming to the Outgames Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m. will have their constant cravings satisfied as k.d. lang takes to the stage. If spectators are wondering what the weather will be like that evening all they have to is ask Martha Wash, who will sing her signature song and camp classic, It's Raining Men. If breathtaking acrobatics and artistry is more to the spectators – liking, Cirque du Soleil will close out the ceremonies with the flair and flamboyance for which the troupe is known.
"Magic and emotion will come together for an unforgettable celebration of inclusion and openness," said Louise Roy, CEO of Outgames Montreal 2006. "We're thrilled that such internationally renowned artists have agreed to lend their incredible talents and passion to make the Opening Ceremony a magnificent show."
Using the theme of a circle – a symbol of harmony, the Olympics as well as of the human form in movement – the show will integrate music, song, dance, choruses and mass choreography as well as performances by Deborah Cox, the R&B; chart-topper whose range includes pop and dance music; Jonas, Montr�al rocker and rising star on the international rock scene with sex appeal en masse; Sylvie Desgroseilliers, whose voice is a superb blend of power and sensitivity; and, of course, the much anticipated return of legendary Qu�bec diva Diane Dufresne.
"The Opening Ceremony a sparkling celebration of diversity, filled with surprises!" said Roy. "But, it will also be infused with the spirit that fuels our mission of bringing LGBT civil rights together with LGBT athleticism."
Roy is referring to the kick off event of the Ceremonies when when Mark Tewksbury, Co-President of the Outgames, and Martina Navratilova, the legendary tennis champion, take the stage to read the Declaration of Montr�al. This historical moment will allow participants and spectators at Montreal's Olympic Stadium to share in the legacy of the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, which will hold four days of high-level discussions with international movers and shakers such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour.
Tele-Vision, the Canandian production company, will produce and direct the Ceremonies which will be broadcast live on Radio-Canada.
"Tele-Vision's experience major event production guarantees the show's success," said Roy.
Producers Jean R�millard and Daniel Cormier and managing producer Alain Dupont of T�l�-Vision have brought together a solid and creative team. Mario Bouchard will handle stage design, �ric Villeneuve will create projections for the giant screens, Alain Lortie will be in charge of lighting, Luc Boivin will be musical director and Jean-Fran�ois Blais will direct, while Richard Lachance of Solotech will provide top-quality sound for the show.
"This seasoned team brings the experience and knowledge necessary to create a major international show that will be both inspiring and original," said Roy.
Fernand Rainville will be in charge of art direction and staging, ensuring the Ceremonies will be colorful, vibrant and filled with emotion.
"This show has been conceived to bring people together and I hope it will contribute to the breaking down of stereotypes and promote that which brings us all together: the right to love and be loved," said Mr. Rainville.
The Closing Ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, August 5th at 4p.m. at the Olympic Stadium, will also be produced by T�l�-Vision. The Closing Ceremony line up will be announced shortly.
Tickets are on sale now. Opening Ceremony tickets prices range from $55 to $150 and from $35 to $100 for the Closing Ceremony. A special combo ticket for both shows will be available, with prices ranging from $81 to $225.
For more information, visit www.montreal2006.org. – Gay Link Content
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