On Sunday July 18, a virtual Olympic stadium will feature giant “imaginary creatures” from around the world this Sunday in a show that will feature a hip hop dancer who is only seven years old.
The 2020 Nippon “Wassai” festival will create a giant virtual circle known as “WA”, showcasing the creations in a live broadcast as a countdown to the opening ceremony on July 23.
The “Wassai” festival reflects a Japanese tradition that during celebrations, people gathered in a large circle to dance.
COVID-19-related restrictions have made such a physical gathering impossible this year, but Tokyo 2020 organizers say the virtual event will be “another step on the path to connecting people in countries around the world across the world. Games “.
A total of 2,000 illustrations “embodying the thoughts and emotions of people around the world” were sent.
These will be animated for the show.
The event must begin with a performance on stage.
Dancers representing modern Japan tell the story of the birth of wasai, “a festival that brings peace to a world in chaos.”
It should include the hip hop dance of seven-year-old Sono Lizuka, winner of the “All Japan Super Kids Dance Contest”.
He was born in 2014, a year after Tokyo won the right to host these Olympics.
Japanese rock band Wanima will also perform and dancers Aio Yamada and Tuki Takamura choreographed a series of routines.
In the second part of the event, viewers around the world are encouraged to participate in the dance from a distance.
“Let’s dance and sing and make a lot of noise! Sing and dance ‘wassai’ together from a distance and become ‘WA!'”, Said the organizers.
Model and wheelchair user Myu Ashihara recorded an instructional video with Yamada and Takamura to demonstrate the dances.
The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. local time on Sunday and is scheduled to air live in 15 countries.
It will also be broadcast live on the Tokyo 2020 website. here.
Organizers have revealed that the event will be “non-verbal” and that all Japanese will be translated into English with subtitles.