Olympic Games: musician Woodkid to launch Paris 2024 in Tokyo

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On August 8, during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, French artist Woodkid will set the handover for Paris 2024 to music.

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If the Olympic news is obviously at the Tokyo Games (23 August-8 August), the Parisian edition of 2024 is getting closer. On August 8, during the closing ceremony of the Japanese Olympic Games, France will officially become the next host country for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, after 100 years of waiting. And the artist Woodkid will mark the occasion in music, as the organizers of Paris 2024 announced this Friday.

“This is a first artistic speech around the handover (the handover, editor’s note), a ceremony that takes place within the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games, explained the musician on France Inter. During this ceremony we will present a first music, a first theme, which is called ‘Prologue’. We’ve been working on it for a year and a half. This is the first real artistic expression of the 2024 Olympic Games. “

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“I wanted to make a piece that was inspired by the sports movement”

And a musical transition between the two editions. Imagined by Woodkid, and conceived with the national orchestra of France and the mastery of Radio France. “It was a challenge, and above all an honor, he confides. It was a childhood dream for me to be able to celebrate the values ​​of Olympism through an artistic work. (…) was quite free, I am even amazed at the confidence that Tony Estanguet and all the teams had in me. There was an unspoken pact of values ​​to respect, but I wanted to make a play which was inspired by the sports movement, with ideas of cycles, amplifications. It’s a bit contemporary but also a bit pop, and quite long. “

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A piece that will be heard by several hundred million people across the planet. “The ceremonies are events made to thrill people all over the world, believes Woodkid. What is strong about the Olympics is the international aspect of these moments, there is a possible moment of communion. international. “

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Note that Woodkid will not be physically in Tokyo, but in Paris on August 8, and that he will offer a free concert on the Live of the Games site, in the Trocadéro gardens.

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