Director Thomas Jolly appointed the artistic director of the opening ceremony

The security system has not yet been decided, but the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games (July 26 to August 11) Paris 2024 will have at least one artistic director. The Organizing Committee of the Games (Cojop) made their choice, Wednesday, September 21, of actor and director Thomas Jolly.

After the choreographer Philippe Découfflé (Albertville 1992) and the director Danny Boyle (London 2012), it is therefore a young artist (40 years old), director of the dramatic center of the Quai, in Angers, who chosen to animate the various stages of art in a ceremony that takes place in the heart of Paris, with the Seine as a common thread. “For consistency reasons”advancing Cojop, Thomas Jolly will also preside over the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games (from August 28 to September 8) and the two closing ceremonies.

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“Thomas Jolly represents the live performance, the young theatrical guard, he has shown courage. He is able to mix sharp classic things with other mainstream things, such as starmania, which will be relaunched in a few weeks. He has this eclecticism that is dear to Paris 2024”proud of Thierry Reboul, the director of major events and ceremonies of Paris 2024.

Thomas Jolly was selected from a panel of seventy profiles from the world of culture approached by the Paris 2024 teams. Henry VI by William Shakespeare, which won him a Molière in 2015. His play Thyestesby Sénèque, opened the Avignon Festival in 2018. And his tetralogy of Shakespeare – twenty-four hours of theater – at the Quai this year consecrates him among the prominent directors of his generation.

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“Thomas Jolly is a story of encounters. What struck me was his personality, said Tony Estanguet, the boss of Cojop. From the first discussions, he took me on board with his ideas about the paintings and universe that we could present during the ceremony. »

Around the Seine

Experienced in spectacular marathons, Thomas Jolly has the task, in the coming weeks, to surround himself with a group of authors and scenographic, choreographic and musical talents to create a live show in and around the Seine. He will have carte blanche, assured Tony Estanguet. There is no limitwithin the budgetsays the three-time Olympic canoe champion. I want French artistic creativity to be fully expressed during these ceremonies. »

Artist's impression of a possible Paris Olympic Games opening ceremony on the Seine.

The Paris 2024 teams, who claim to have achieved “Many works on the national narrative of philosophers and historians”, and Thomas Jolly must now think about the operational conduct of this ceremony; in short: knowing what story will happen in the 12 kilometer port. The main lines of the narrative can be detailed “in the spring”the Cojop chief hoped.

The organizers of the Paris 2024 Games want to hold the opening ceremony “a moment of gathering and pride for all French people”. Even a landmark in the history of Olympism, as was done at the Albertville Winter Games ceremony thirty years ago by Philippe Découflé.

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There remains the thorny question of cost. An envelope of 137 million euros is now included in the budget of Paris 2024 for the four ceremonies of the Olympic Games. It should be refined at the Cojop board meeting on December 12. An extension will not be included if the security system at the opening ceremony needs to be re-examined. In July, the Elysée and the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that it will be measured if the artistic project of the ceremony itself is to be explained. It remains now for the police prefect, Laurent Nunez, to create the choreography between the various security services concerned.

From 90 euros to 2,700 euros to attend the opening ceremony

The public gauge that will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 26, 2024 is still below“instructions” between the teams of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee (Cojop) and the services of the State, will inform the different stakeholders. If it seems certain that around 100,000 paying spectators will attend the show in the lower port, uncertainties remain in the admitted gauge for the upper part of the ports (free entrances): 400,000 to 500,000 people are expected by the organizers. A number that must be refined for security reasons.

The price list of tickets to the opening ceremony was announced on Tuesday, September 20: it will cost from 90 euros to 2,700 euros to attend the show at the lower port of the Seine.

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