Being a volunteer in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies was one of the best experiences of my life. So when Rhiannon posted a questionnaire on Facebook asking people to share their experiences of being involved I was more than happy to oblige. Little did I know the results of the questionnaire would lead to The 2012 Legacy Project.
I found out about the 2012 Legacy Project via a post on Facebook. Rhiannon posted some information about the project and said it was a major opportunity. I sent off an email of interest and waited for a response. The next thing I heard was there were two auditions/rehearsals on the 5th and 12th of October. I knew I couldn't attend the second audition/rehearsal so I made it my mission to attend the first one. Despite having a cold and my first ever half marathon the following day I attended the first audition/rehearsal and it was well worth it.
The first audition/rehearsal
I had no idea what to expect and the word "audition" automatically made me feel a bit nervous. However, I needn't have been nervous at all. It didn't feel like an audition. The first thing I noticed was there were lots of familiar faces in the room. Over the past year I have come to know a lot of the London 2012 volunteers and we're like a big family. Everyone is so friendly and the thought of working with them was exciting.
At the start of the audition/rehearsal Rhiannon shared with us one of her ideas behind the 2012 Legacy Project. She explained her idea about how London 2012 had created performers. People were given a costume, choreography and a stage and then when London 2012 finished still had a passion to continue performing. This idea really stood out to me. I hadn't thought of the experience like that before
but I understood it because I had developed a passion to continue performing and had since performed with Vision, POD and the Pandemonium Drummers.
The audition/rehearsal also consisted of some group work. In our small groups we were tasked with studying six images and recreating the poses we could see in them. The images were a selection of beautiful stills from the four ceremonies. We then had to show our poses to the other groups. Then each group was asked to join its poses together with movement, in turn making a routine. We then performed our routines to each other. Then all the groups were asked to perform their routines simultaneously. Then Rhiannon asked us to perform our routines closer and closer together each time we performed them. Lots of giggles ensued as we accidently bumped into each other and even knocked the lampshades! At the time I had no idea what our performance together looked like, however later that week Rhiannon posted a video of it and it was stunning. Rhiannon had added a very poignant song from the Olympics opening ceremony on top of the performance and it was incredible. I couldn't believe the beauty of what we had achieved in just one rehearsal. Watch the video from rehearsal one here.
The second audition/rehearsal
I was gutted to miss the second audition/rehearsal. I really wanted to be there. Luckily though the performance was recorded and Andrew took lots of photographs. You can watch the video from the second rehearsal here and see the photos on the 2012 Legacy Project Facebook page here.
Written by Lettice Wigby