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Paralympics' Opening Ceremony from Scene 1 to Scene 11


14:41, August 30, 2012

LONDON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Followings are the illustrations from Scene 1 to Scene 11 of the ongoing opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Wednesday:

Scene 1: Miranda

Scene 1 introduces the central character, Miranda who encourages people to look at the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Professor Stephen Hawking - perhaps the world's most brilliant physicist - appears on the 'moon stage' and speaks of the quest for understanding the origins of the universe.

Nicola Miles-Wildin, who plays "Miranda" is a professional actress and Assistant Director of Graeae Theatre Company's power- wheelchair dancing troupe Rhinestone Rollers.

Hawking, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 21, has carried out groundbreaking work in the fields of quantum gravity and general relativity throughout hisdistinguished career.

The cast includes 42 deaf and disabled people who took part in an eight-week training program at Circus Space in London.

The performance began with a glowing, celestial sphere descending into the middle of a giant central umbrella structure, igniting the "big bang", of which Hawking has written extensively. Fireworks explode in a starry burst which, in turn, expands onto the pixel screen transporting the audience into deepest space.

The audience is then brought back to contemporary London, as shooting stars on the pixel screen transform into rain drops. The umbrellas become the focus for a street dance by Flawless, accompanied by sway pole and aerial choreography.

Umbrellas are a motif running throughout the Ceremony. Designer Jon Bausor says,"The umbrello, or brolly, is a quintessentially British object and the steel-framed version was invented in 1852 by the British industrialist, Samuel Fox."

Miranda's eyes become audience's eyes as the cast reforms to create the image of a giant eye staring out of the Stadium. Hawking encourages Miranda to be curious and she looks out to see mechanical objects entering the Stadium.

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