Paralympic Winter Games
12 - 21 March

Paralympic Ceremonies Producer Announced

After a three-month international search, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced yesterday that it has selected Vancouver-based Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP) Inc. as producer of the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. PRP Inc. will collaborate with VANOC to develop the overall theme and content of both ceremonies and will create and direct both shows. 28 Jan 2009 By IPC

"Looking ahead to Vancouver, we are confident that Patrick Roberge Productions will bring the Paralympic Winter Games to a higher level”, said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC CEO.

“We are thrilled to select a local Vancouver company that has excelled over the last two decades in producing world-class events that celebrate Canada’s unique culture, including the highly successful and engaging 2010 mascot launch that captured the hearts and imagination of adults and children across Canada,” said David Guscott, VANOC’s Executive Vice President, Celebrations and Partnerships. “British Columbians and Canadians are renowned for their hospitality and generous spirit. We want the world’s top Paralympians to feel inspired and embraced by the entire nation as we celebrate the hallmarks of the Paralympic Movement: enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.”

In almost a year, over 1,000 world’s top winter sport Paralympic athletes and team officials from more than 40 countries will gather in BC Place in downtown Vancouver to celebrate a spectacular indoor Opening Ceremony. A cast of thousands, including performers with a disability, will delight the crowd of 55,000 and showcase the unique heritage and creativity of British Columbians and Canadians from coast to coast to coast during the two-hour celebration on 12 March 2010. The lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron will provide an inspirational climax to the Opening Ceremony and signal the start of the Games.

“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies create some of the most inspirational and memorable moments from the Games. The Beijing Paralympics last year were an excellent example of this colourful celebration and gathering of people from around the world. Looking ahead to Vancouver, we are confident that Patrick Roberge Productions will bring the Paralympic Winter Games to a higher level”, said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC CEO.

Nine days later, the Games will draw to its official end in the Host Mountain Resort of Whistler in a unique outdoor amphitheatre designed especially for the two-hour Closing Ceremony. The event will include a special handover ceremony for the next Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

“It’s an honour to be selected for such a prestigious event,” said PRP President and Creative Director Patrick Roberge. “Our team’s goal is to produce a ceremony that celebrates the possible. The Ceremonies will offer a tremendous opportunity for the community to share in this Paralympic celebration. We want to create a memorable, inspirational experience for the live and television audiences, and remind them that when it comes to what an individual can accomplish the only limit we have is our imagination.”

Since 1986, Vancouver-based Patrick Roberge Productions has produced events and spectacles around the world. Veterans of Expo 86 and the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, PRP has created memorable events including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Jubilee visit to Vancouver; the inaugural Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong; the Vancouver 2010 Emblem launch and Mascot launch; and most recently produced the Canada Games’ ceremonies in Whitehorse and events at the BC Canada Pavilions in Torino, Italy, and Beijing, China. The company will work hand-in-hand with the Ceremonies team already in place at VANOC.

For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, please visit www.vancouver2010.com.