The Lima 2019 Closing Ceremony staged a “dance of diversity”. As the Games were coming to an end, we proudly picked up from where we had left on the night of the Opening Ceremony, zooming into that evening’s wide panorama of Peru. We experienced that country up close, relishing the detail of people’s faces, of age-old and contemporary art and of living traditions.
The artefacts of Peru’s ancient cultures left the museum shelves. Moments of daily life danced out of embroidered images. Hundreds of performers took the public on a dance across the country, from the coast, over the mountains and into the Amazon, in a tribute to the great diversity of that rich and beautiful land.
The set design was composed of stonework fragments, inspired by the walls built with incredible skill by the Incas. It had a layered configuration, which references both the excavation of different historical eras and the three pachas, or levels, of the Andean worldview: the world of the gods, the earthly world and the world of ancestors.
The performance area was an ever-changing space, transformed by projections, tracing different paths that evoked the Qhapaq Ñan: the vast Inca road system which connected the empire’s lands. The arrangement of the stages hinted at the citadel of Machu Picchu, the place where the Intihuatana, our cauldron, was founded.
The Ceremony had 955 cast members, of which 893 were volunteers; besides 1000 costumes and many famous local performers involved on stage.
The production team included 230 members from 17 nationalities.