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Our opening ceremony

The opening ceremony will welcome the world to Liverpool and celebrate elite sport, women and girls. The ceremony has been commissioned and created by Culture Liverpool of Liverpool City Council.

The opening ceremony will welcome the world to Liverpool and showcase the city’s love of and reputation for music and cultural diversity. Informed by the pillars of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 it will celebrate elite sport, women and girls. The ceremony has been commissioned and created by Culture Liverpool of Liverpool City Council.

The ceremony will begin with the voices of young local women, young dancers and actresses from the Institute of Arts Barcelona speaking words and phrases of empowerment.

Liverpool will then welcome audiences and the world via Lady Liverpool (Jennifer John), who will appear from the darkness amplifying the worlds of our young women which float out “like endless rain Across the Universe”. Jennifer John sings two verses of the Beatles classic before disappearing from the arena. She is wearing a gown which features the night time skyline of Liverpool’s Unesco World heritage waterfront and two Liver Birds as a headdress (designed and made by Mary Lamb of Fabrication Studios).

Radio Merseyside’s Lisa Marney will open the start of the games and welcome the teams into the arena. Led by parade leaders from all over the world, Liverpool and the UK each team is escorted in alphabetical order from opposing entrances.

Australia will entre first through the main Vitality entrance. The parade leaders will be costumed by Mary Lamb and Fabrication studios in elaborate bespoke outfits designed around the national costume and flag of the competing country with a futuristic influence. The captains will follow behind her carrying the flag, followed by the teams and officials from each of the 16 competing countries. 

The parade of the teams and officials is set to iconic Liverpool tunes set to international beats by Andy Frizell.

  • Story of the Blues - Pete Wylie
  • Ferry Across the Mersey - Gerry Marsden
  • Twist and Shout - Bert Berns/Phil Medley
  • Reward - Alan Gill/Julian Cope
  • There She Goes - Lee Mavers

Speeches:

Teams will be seated on benches either side of the courts.

Lisa Marney will announce the three speakers:

Nicky Dunn OBE Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 Chair

The Hon Molly Rhone International Federation President

Mims Davies Minister of Sport

Following speeches 15 young “netball player performers” will run out onto each court to warm up. The dancers and actresses are all aged between 19 – 23. The dance/physical theatre piece which follow have been inspired by netball and will be performed by students from the Institute of Arts Barcelona in Sitges (a leader conservatoire in performing arts education and training). A truly international company of performers they are from Iceland, Slovakia, Sweden, Morocco, Germany, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Czech Republic, Holland, Norway, Canada, Malaysia, Uruguay. None of the girls have played netball before and spent 3 days working with Chris Granger a netball coach from the UK who travelled to Sitges Spain to work with them to make the piece.

The performance combines projection by UK company Illuminos with a new music score by Andy Frizell, costumes by Mary Lamb of Fabrication Studios, pyrotechnics by Titanium (who provided the pyro technics for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and lighting by Adam Nicholls. It has been made in UK and in Sitges Spain and has been choreographed by Valentina Temussi and Darren Suarez with movement support from Oscar Valsecchi and Stefano Rosato. The dance piece uses physical theatre, contemporary dance and vogueing and combines the elements of earth, water, air and fire. The audience are taken through a whirlwind netball match which starts on two courts and ends in the cosmos. Projections onto the floor of water, bubbles, waves, whirlpools are followed by leaves which the dancers playfully interact with. Liverpool’s iconic Liver Bird will make three appearances underwater, into the air surrounded by autumnal leaves before flying into the air and rising as a phoenix into outer space.

As two meteors collide on the floor of the courts our dancers/netball players will be left exhausted whilst pyrotechnics explode overhead. Illustrating the determination and energy required to play elite sport. Searchlights appear around the arena signalling that this is not the end of the performance. The performers look towards the sky for inspiration to see two golden netball aerialists overhead suspended above the centre of each court standing on large netball hoops and nets. Aerial performance is choreographed by Wendy Ogilvie and delivered by internationally renowned Wired Aerial. They will appear to the opening bars of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and slowly descend to a waterfall of pyro as Lady Liverpool reappears to sing the first verse of Lucy in the Sky. She will be joined by a mass choir of 300 local people (singers from across the city Pop Vox Choir, Voice to Voice and the Liverpool Signing Choir, and Sense of Sound) to finally welcome netball into the stadium and to Liverpool.

The ceremony will close at the end of Lucy in the Sky with a chase of floor pyro from the inside run-off areas of the court. All pyrotechnics will be performed by Titanium.

Teams will be led off to the choir singing “There she goes” follow by the cast and choir.

Cast:

  • Lady Liverpool - Jennifer John

Parade Leaders:              

  • Australia - Ellinor Odegaard Staurbakk
  • Barbados - Julie Fillain
  • England - Rachael Treacher
  • Fiji  - Janiece Myers
  • Jamaica -Silvia Naval
  • Malawi - Natalie Blake
  • New Zealand - Audur Huld Gunnarsdottir
  • Northern Ireland - Ines Beatriz Moura de Oliveira
  • Samoa - Roaa Idali
  • Scotland - Molly Mae France
  • Singapore - Nada Mohd Noordin
  • South Africa - Ene Nicole Agbaji
  • Sri Lanka - Eliana Maria Lale Khan
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Paislie Reed
  • Uganda - Mia Hyatt
  • Zimbabwe - Lizzie Zrada

Dancers - Students of the Institute of Arts Barcelona

  • Alba Ramos Ronda
  • Alicia Cano Smit
  • Ana Alegre Garrido
  • Audur Huld Gunnarsdottir
  • Eliana Maria Lale Khan
  • Ellinor Odegaard Staurbakk
  • Ellen Rydberg
  • Emma Lindahl
  • Eve Doran
  • India-Jade Grant
  • Ines Ruas
  • Ines Beatriz Moura de Oliveira
  • Jacqueline Moré
  • Joanna Bordon Sanchez
  • Julia Andersson
  • Karolina Jensen
  • Katrin Birna Vignisdottir
  • Klara Haiden Laka
  • Laura Freudenberg
  • Leah Lavinia Wiegandt
  • Luna Maestro Luengo
  • Malwina Wisniewska
  • Marta Hlin Thorsteinsdottir
  • Nada Mohd Noordin
  • Nina Salzmann
  • Roaa Idali
  • Sanna Allaker
  • Silvia Naval
  • Sylvia Tomova
  • Urdur Steinunn Onnudottir Sahr

Aerialist

  • Amy Panter
  • Jackie Le

For Culture of Liverpool

  • Bev Ayre Creative Producer
  • Alicia Smith Creative Producer
  • Project Manager Jen Falding
  • Production Assistant Philippa Nolan
  • Choreographer Darren Suarez
  • Musical Director/Composer Andy Frizell
  • Costume Design and Production Mary Lamb Fabrication Studios
  • Lighting Design Adam Nicholls
  • Projection Illuminos
  • Aerial choreography Wendy Ogilvie of Wired Aerial
  • Production Manager Fiona Hilton
  • Stage Managers
  • Sam Mc Evoy
  • Kate Gilston
  • Bethany Sprotson
  • Lucy Graham
  • Helen Lainsbury
  • Andreas Neilson
  • Fan park programme manager Sarah Vasey
  • Fan Park Operation Managers Sue Mc Adam and Emma Barton
  • Assistants to choreographer Luke Bromilow Yasmin Goulden
  • Assistants to Costume Designer Molly Lacey Davies Elanor Harrison
  • Make Up Ian Brown

For Institute of Arts Barcelona

  • Choreographer Valentina Temussi
  • Head of Dance Stefano Rosato
  • Movement Coach Oscar Valsecchi
  • With thanks to Chris Granger for netball coaching and support

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The opening ceremony will welcome the world to Liverpool and showcase the city’s love of and reputation for music and cultural diversity. Informed by the pillars of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 it will celebrate elite sport, women and girls. The ceremony has been commissioned and created by Culture Liverpool of Liverpool City Council.

The ceremony will begin with the voices of young local women, young dancers and actresses from the Institute of Arts Barcelona speaking words and phrases of empowerment.

Liverpool will then welcome audiences and the world via Lady Liverpool (Jennifer John), who will appear from the darkness amplifying the worlds of our young women which float out “like endless rain Across the Universe”. Jennifer John sings two verses of the Beatles classic before disappearing from the arena. She is wearing a gown which features the night time skyline of Liverpool’s Unesco World heritage waterfront and two Liver Birds as a headdress (designed and made by Mary Lamb of Fabrication Studios).

Radio Merseyside’s Lisa Marney will open the start of the games and welcome the teams into the arena. Led by parade leaders from all over the world, Liverpool and the UK each team is escorted in alphabetical order from opposing entrances.

Australia will entre first through the main Vitality entrance. The parade leaders will be costumed by Mary Lamb and Fabrication studios in elaborate bespoke outfits designed around the national costume and flag of the competing country with a futuristic influence. The captains will follow behind her carrying the flag, followed by the teams and officials from each of the 16 competing countries. 

The parade of the teams and officials is set to iconic Liverpool tunes set to international beats by Andy Frizell.

  • Story of the Blues – Pete Wylie
  • Ferry Across the Mersey – Gerry Marsden
  • Twist and Shout – Bert Berns/Phil Medley
  • Reward – Alan Gill/Julian Cope
  • There She Goes – Lee Mavers

Speeches:

Teams will be seated on benches either side of the courts.

Lisa Marney will announce the three speakers:

Nicky Dunn OBE Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 Chair

The Hon Molly Rhone International Federation President

Mims Davies Minister of Sport

Following speeches 15 young “netball player performers” will run out onto each court to warm up. The dancers and actresses are all aged between 19 – 23. The dance/physical theatre piece which follow have been inspired by netball and will be performed by students from the Institute of Arts Barcelona in Sitges (a leader conservatoire in performing arts education and training). A truly international company of performers they are from Iceland, Slovakia, Sweden, Morocco, Germany, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Czech Republic, Holland, Norway, Canada, Malaysia, Uruguay. None of the girls have played netball before and spent 3 days working with Chris Granger a netball coach from the UK who travelled to Sitges Spain to work with them to make the piece.

The performance combines projection by UK company Illuminos with a new music score by Andy Frizell, costumes by Mary Lamb of Fabrication Studios, pyrotechnics by Titanium (who provided the pyro technics for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and lighting by Adam Nicholls. It has been made in UK and in Sitges Spain and has been choreographed by Valentina Temussi and Darren Suarez with movement support from Oscar Valsecchi and Stefano Rosato. The dance piece uses physical theatre, contemporary dance and vogueing and combines the elements of earth, water, air and fire. The audience are taken through a whirlwind netball match which starts on two courts and ends in the cosmos. Projections onto the floor of water, bubbles, waves, whirlpools are followed by leaves which the dancers playfully interact with. Liverpool’s iconic Liver Bird will make three appearances underwater, into the air surrounded by autumnal leaves before flying into the air and rising as a phoenix into outer space.

As two meteors collide on the floor of the courts our dancers/netball players will be left exhausted whilst pyrotechnics explode overhead. Illustrating the determination and energy required to play elite sport. Searchlights appear around the arena signalling that this is not the end of the performance. The performers look towards the sky for inspiration to see two golden netball aerialists overhead suspended above the centre of each court standing on large netball hoops and nets. Aerial performance is choreographed by Wendy Ogilvie and delivered by internationally renowned Wired Aerial. They will appear to the opening bars of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and slowly descend to a waterfall of pyro as Lady Liverpool reappears to sing the first verse of Lucy in the Sky. She will be joined by a mass choir of 300 local people (singers from across the city Pop Vox Choir, Voice to Voice and the Liverpool Signing Choir, and Sense of Sound) to finally welcome netball into the stadium and to Liverpool.

The ceremony will close at the end of Lucy in the Sky with a chase of floor pyro from the inside run-off areas of the court. All pyrotechnics will be performed by Titanium.

Teams will be led off to the choir singing “There she goes” follow by the cast and choir.

Cast:

  • Lady Liverpool – Jennifer John

Parade Leaders:              

  • Australia – Ellinor Odegaard Staurbakk
  • Barbados – Julie Fillain
  • England – Rachael Treacher
  • Fiji  – Janiece Myers
  • Jamaica -Silvia Naval
  • Malawi – Natalie Blake
  • New Zealand – Audur Huld Gunnarsdottir
  • Northern Ireland – Ines Beatriz Moura de Oliveira
  • Samoa – Roaa Idali
  • Scotland – Molly Mae France
  • Singapore – Nada Mohd Noordin
  • South Africa – Ene Nicole Agbaji
  • Sri Lanka – Eliana Maria Lale Khan
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Paislie Reed
  • Uganda – Mia Hyatt
  • Zimbabwe – Lizzie Zrada

Dancers – Students of the Institute of Arts Barcelona

  • Alba Ramos Ronda
  • Alicia Cano Smit
  • Ana Alegre Garrido
  • Audur Huld Gunnarsdottir
  • Eliana Maria Lale Khan
  • Ellinor Odegaard Staurbakk
  • Ellen Rydberg
  • Emma Lindahl
  • Eve Doran
  • India-Jade Grant
  • Ines Ruas
  • Ines Beatriz Moura de Oliveira
  • Jacqueline Moré
  • Joanna Bordon Sanchez
  • Julia Andersson
  • Karolina Jensen
  • Katrin Birna Vignisdottir
  • Klara Haiden Laka
  • Laura Freudenberg
  • Leah Lavinia Wiegandt
  • Luna Maestro Luengo
  • Malwina Wisniewska
  • Marta Hlin Thorsteinsdottir
  • Nada Mohd Noordin
  • Nina Salzmann
  • Roaa Idali
  • Sanna Allaker
  • Silvia Naval
  • Sylvia Tomova
  • Urdur Steinunn Onnudottir Sahr

Aerialist

  • Amy Panter
  • Jackie Le

For Culture of Liverpool

  • Bev Ayre Creative Producer
  • Alicia Smith Creative Producer
  • Project Manager Jen Falding
  • Production Assistant Philippa Nolan
  • Choreographer Darren Suarez
  • Musical Director/Composer Andy Frizell
  • Costume Design and Production Mary Lamb Fabrication Studios
  • Lighting Design Adam Nicholls
  • Projection Illuminos
  • Aerial choreography Wendy Ogilvie of Wired Aerial
  • Production Manager Fiona Hilton
  • Stage Managers
  • Sam Mc Evoy
  • Kate Gilston
  • Bethany Sprotson
  • Lucy Graham
  • Helen Lainsbury
  • Andreas Neilson
  • Fan park programme manager Sarah Vasey
  • Fan Park Operation Managers Sue Mc Adam and Emma Barton
  • Assistants to choreographer Luke Bromilow Yasmin Goulden
  • Assistants to Costume Designer Molly Lacey Davies Elanor Harrison
  • Make Up Ian Brown

For Institute of Arts Barcelona

  • Choreographer Valentina Temussi
  • Head of Dance Stefano Rosato
  • Movement Coach Oscar Valsecchi
  • With thanks to Chris Granger for netball coaching and support