The Olympic Ideal: Olympics 2004

Artistic director Dimitris Papaioannou led a creative team to design the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.

If there is a god for contemporary theatrical design, then surely he or she smiled upon the XXVIII Olympiad, held last August in Athens, the cradle of the international competition. The ill omens did not come to pass: silencing critics, Olympic Stadium and other key venues were finished (if on a down-to-the-wire schedule), and while there was controversy during some of the competition, the specter of terrorism did not rear its ugly head. Athens truly put on its game face for the Opening and

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