Organizers of the Paris Olympics appointed award-winning French theater director Thomas Jolly on Wednesday to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 and Paralympic Games.
As art director, the 40-year-old Jolly will be tasked with implementing Paris’ ambitious plan to hold its opening ceremony on July 26, 2024 in the heart of the French capital, along the Seine, taking it away from tradition. First time building Olympic stadium.
Paris organizer Tony Estanguet said Jolly “knew how to break the standards and take them to the next level” and that he would “be able to imagine unprecedented artistic concepts” for the sessions. performances.
Estanguet also said the Place de la Concorde, the large square in central Paris where King Louis XVI and others were executed during the French Revolution, is being used as the venue for the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, where Jolly also will direct.
The closing ceremony will be held at the Stade de France, the stadium that hosted the 1998 World Cup football final.
Paris organizers hope to see 600,000 spectators – most of whom watch for free – lining the banks of the Seine for the Olympic opening ceremony, when 10,500 athletes march on barges along the river.
“By opening the Olympics to as many people as possible, Paris 2024 embodies values that I fully recognize,” Jolly said in a statement from the organizers. “The theater that I advocate for is also firmly open because I firmly believe that in our time we need to work together towards common ideals.”
Jolly won the Moliere, France’s highest theatrical award, for directing in 2015.