Following the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on 18 September (local time), the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games held a press conference at the press centre of the Maracanã Stadium regarding the flag handover segment of the closing ceremony. Attending the press conference were MIKIKO, producer and choreography for the production, along with performers GIMICO, Koichi Omae and Akira Hiyama.
MIKIKO (Live Action Director & Choreographer)
It's been a long road to get to this point. All the production members and staff thought long and hard about how to showcase the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in a short eight-minute production. But with the variety of performers we had, I think we were able to put on a stylish show that demonstrated a different side of Tokyo than the production in the closing ceremony for the Olympic Games.
As the ceremony has only just finished, I haven't had a chance to see the video of the performance yet, but I've already received loads of texts and emails from friends back in Tokyo congratulating me on the performance. So at the moment, I'm really happy and pretty relieved that it all went well.
Koichi Omae (dancer)
It feels fantastic. I performed a dance without the lower part of my left leg, but it didn't seem to matter as I think I was able to convey the energy to the spectators. I tried to imbue my performance with my own interpretation of Positive Switch,' and hopefully I was able to communicate this to the audience.
Akira Hiyama (facilitator for the dialogue in the dark)
To be honest, my main feeling right now is one of elation that everything went well. As I have no sight I won't be able to see the video of the performance, but I can't wait to hear the opinions of my friends back in Tokyo. I hope that my performance conveyed that the attractions of Tokyo are not only seeing the stunning cityscape and night views, but that the city can also be experienced through touch, smell and by using all the five senses.
Performances during the closing ceremony