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  • Olympic Ceremonies Producer Turns to Sistine Chapel


    The show is taking place at Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome.
    (ATR) Known for producing spectacular ceremonies for the Olympics, Marco Balich has turned the majesty of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco into his latest production.

    “Universal Judgment” is a multi-media tour-de-force that Balich is staging in Rome through May. Produced with the blessing of the Vatican, the show presents high-definition photographs from the Vatican Museums which are projected on the stage, walls and ceiling.

    There is live performance and special effects, such as a storm sweeping across Noah’s Ark.

    Sting has composed and recorded a song for the show. Actress Susan Sarandon provides the narration for the once-a-week version in English.

    Balich most recently
    Artistic director Marco Balich.
    produced the opening and closing ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympics. He’s worked on 20 Olympic ceremonies, including Sochi 2014 and Turin 2006.

    “We want to imbue the fruition of a work of art with a strong emotional impact,” Balich is quoted in Vatican News.

    He says the production is “using the codes that relate to the younger generations that have grown up with Playstation, that go to the movies in 3D, watch Netflix, but are on the other hand almost distracted with respect to this wonderful artistic patrimony.”

    The show is taking place at Auditorium Conciliazione, the former symphony hall of Rome.

    So far more than 50,000 tickets have been sold. The show runs until May 31.

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    Reported by Ed Hula.

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