London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Photo credit: The London Evening Standard - Jeremy Selwyn
Swing Out Sister
Temujin Gill and Sunanda Biswas choreographed arguably the most talked about and warmly received sections of Danny Boyles acclaimed London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony – Isle Of Wonder.
Swing Out Sister – aka Second to the right, and straight on till morning – was a magical journey into children’s imagination set in a surreal hospital ward and staged on 380 beds of various shapes and sizes. It was a heart-warming tribute to Great Ormond Street Hospital the NHS and British children’s literature.
When Danny Boyle approached Temujin his interest was in Temujins varied and diverse background and in particular his unique contemporary style of work rooted in classic jazz and hip hop dance that he has been developing together with co-choreographer and long term colleague Sunanda Biswas.
Temujin and Sunanda were also chosen because of their ability to inspire and motivate everyday people with little or no experience, young and old, to dance and express and perform way beyond their own expectations.
The brief was to create a piece that brought people together, celebrated our nurturing side and told a story through dance of childhood dreams and nightmares. So, not too much to ask.
“Yes it was an ambitious piece, but there is a saying I like that ‘if you reach for the stars you may touch the moon’. I’m a believer that all people have gifts and one shouldn’t underestimate what is possible. We all like to be challenged and working on this piece was definitely a challenge and an amazingly joyous experience for all, from rehearsals right to the final live performance on Friday 27 July 2012. Both Sunanda and I are so proud to have been part of creating this celebrated historic event, our praise and thanks goes out to all our creative team and above all the amazing volunteers and professional who performed their socks off and moved a nation and the world”