Pinoy Olympic dancer to perform in 'legacy' show
LONDON - Almost two years after what was dubbed as "the greatest show on earth", some nostalgic Olympic performers will reunite in a show to celebrate their legacy and relive their glorious moment.
Wearing the costumes they used in the London Olympics and Paralympics, 40 dancers will take part in a performance on Saturday, January 25, featuring some of their numbers in 2012.
Among them is Thelma Potente-Manville from the Philippines, who considers performing at the Olympics one of the best moments of her life.
“I can’t explain it. I feel like I’m still in the Olympics,” she said during their rehearsal at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. “It’s a legacy. When the time comes that I will become old, I will tell my grandchildren, ‘Hey, it’s your grandma. I’m one of them!’”
Since after the Olympics, the performers have been regularly in touch with each other and fostered close friendships.
Saturday’s show called "The Legacy" is their first major performance after the games.
“This performance, really, is about how we’re still not over the Olympics. We’re still living in that Olympic bubble. We’re still all there in 2012,” said Rhiannon Brace, the show’s director.
According to their website, the performance will showcase “how the performers are coping, or not, more than a year on from the greatest shows on Earth”.
“The Legacy contains both touching and comical confessions of the all-consuming lives of the London 2012 performers during the intense and secretive rehearsals as well as exploring their coping strategies with life after. It explores the psychology of the team and the trauma of its breakup after the show is all over.”
Some 15,000 volunteers—composed of housewives, teachers, bankers, and people from different professions and backgrounds—performed during various ceremonies in the 2012 games.
Now that some of them are coming together again, they could not contain the excitement.
Colin Tribe said he is both nervous and excited about Saturday’s show.
“It was the same during the Olympics. You could feel the nerves coming in, and you could feel a little bit the adrenaline coming in,” he said. “But it’s a good feeling.”
Clare Wakeling, meanwhile, is happy to be with her fellow performers again.
“The good thing about doing things like this is that it brings us all back together and gives us a chance to see each other,” she said.
The performance will be held at London’s The Place. Brace said she hopes to have regular shows with the group every year.