Rio Dances: Closing Ceremony For The 2016 Summer time Olympics

Athletes walk during the &quotHeroes of the Games&quot segment during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Athletes walk in the course of the “Heroes of the Games” segment for the duration of the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images hide caption

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Rio 2016 organizers are dropping the curtain on the Summer season Games, Sunday soon after hosting the world’s elite athletes who’ve competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days right here in Rio de Janeiro.

The closing ceremony starts at 8 p.m. neighborhood time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Time. Because of NBC’s time delay, it really is airing at eight p.m. ET and progressively later across the U.S.

We’re updating this post with scenes from the event, so please refresh to see what is happening in Rio. We got a late start due to technical troubles, so we’re filling in some blanks from the official guide to the ceremony.

The opening ceremony started with a countdown, equivalent to the a single we saw in the opening ceremony. Soon after that, performers evoked the colors we’ve observed all throughout these games — inflections on Brazil’s blue, green, and yellow flag — to type a welcoming array of Rio landmarks.

The Games have been criticized for empty seats, but the stadium is packed on Sunday night.

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Later in the show, a segment evoked the expanse of time that the opening show also got at, with cave-paintings displayed on Maracana Stadium’s floor in a a meditation on archeology.

The impact was extremely fairly — but the crowd loved what came in the show’s second half. A single segment, cartoon characters such as Mario ran about — and then, inexplicably and but wondrously, shot a drill bit through the Earth and out the other side. They produced a tunnel that links Tokyo (hosts of the 2020 Games) and Rio, with a green pipe-like entrance protruding from Rio.

And right here in Rio, the tunnel’s green entrance the magically appeared on the floor of Maracana — and out popped Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Or at least that is what we’re told. It is one particular of those “Wait, what… I adore it!” moments that Olympic ceremonies pull off at their ideal.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears during the closing ceremony.

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One more winning segment came earlier, when Grupo Corpo, a modern dance troupe from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, put on component of “Parabelo,” a single of its shows, at the ceremony. But then the dancers gave way to “clay people,” and the functionality drew roars of approval as the crowd bopped along to Luiz Gonzaga’s forró song “Asa Branca.”

The closing ceremonies must often incorporate speeches, and that happened usually tonight. There had been also national anthems — of Brazil, of Greece, of Japan, and of Kenya (in the course of a medal ceremony for marathon).

Dancers wave flags ushering in excitement for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will be held in Tokyo.

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At the finish of the show came a tribute to a individual favourite of ours: the genius landscape designer and artist Roberto Burle Marx, renowned for his organic, wavy shapes (he developed Copacabana’s iconic sidewalk tile pattern). Trained in Europe, Marx was a champion of Brazil’s native plants and its rainforests. In this segment, the music is “Chovendo na Roseira,” in a version by Tom Jobim.

The flame was then extinguished, in a graceful official end to these games.

And then, soon after a thoughtful pause — and because Rio knows how to celebration — the drums kicked in, and six six samba singers belted out “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) — a Carnival march that is Rio’s anthem. In the stadium, row upon row of individuals stood and danced, singing along.

Dancers pay tribute to landscape designer and artist Roberto Burle Marx, who created Copacabana's iconic sidewalk tile pattern.

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Was it then more than? Not yet: A sound truck appeared, along with 12 carnival queens, and athletes who competed in these games poured out of

Whilst these games have been criticized for not possessing complete seats, Maracana was packed last night with men and women who watched Brazil’s men’s soccer group win gold. And tonight, it’s complete of folks who came out to appreciate the exclusive spectacle the Olympics brings.

Music — noticed by several as the backbone of Brazil’s culture — is woven all through this ceremony, from old classics and classic music to new pop sounds from about the country. The audience clearly agrees with the choices the show’s music programmers have produced. Brazilian music has several anthems, requirements that everybody can sing, and tonight we’re hearing strains of familiar music reworked in new methods.

Singer Mariene de Castro performs in front of the Olympic flame before it was extinguished.

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At the begin of the show, a choir of 27 kids entered, looking like tiny twinkling stars. With singers representing Brazil’s 26 states (and the Federal District), they performed Brazil’s national anthem.

We’ll note that after a travel delay, we arrived at Maracana Stadium later than we wanted — it is a rainy, dreary evening in Rio. But the show should go on — even in an open-air stadium. Tonight, Maracana’s halls are darkened to highlight the light show and the Olympic flame.

Confetti falls as singers and dancers perform during the closing ceremony on Sunday.

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At the end of an Olympics, talk usually turns to their legacy – and as an alternative of one, these games could be said to have a lot of: Very first and foremost, there is the drama, grace, and excellence displayed by more than 11,000 athletes.

Then there are the games’ effects on Rio – its people, its infrastructure, and it standing. What will turn into of the buildings erected to host this international occasion? And will the Paralympic Games, which have faced large spending budget difficulties right here in Rio, go smoothly?

Spectators dance as fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday.

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The influence of the Olympics on the city’s future is tied to its influence on Brazil – whose economy was bustling when Rio won the appropriate to host these games eight years ago but which was continually forced to rebalance its price range for the Olympics and Paralympics, creating cuts that occasionally gave a ramshackle air to the proceedings.

And then, we come to the members of the U.S. swim group who failed to distinguish themselves repeatedly in an episode that at some point led U.S. Olympic Committee President Scott Blackmun to apologize “to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal.”

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Who Are The Duffer Brothers? &#039Stranger Things&#039 Creators On Netflix&#039s Summer season Hit

Netflix’s surprise summer season Tv hit, Stranger Things, is full of scares and 1980s nostalgia. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks to Matt and Ross Duffer, the comparatively unknown brothers behind the show.



The surprise Television hit of the summer is a show that looks like it could have been produced 30 years ago.


SHAPIRO: “Stranger Things” is a suspense horror show on Netflix. It is set in 1983 about a modest town exactly where a boy goes missing 1 night.


DAVID HARBOUR: (As Jim Hopper) Ninety-nine out of one hundred instances – kid goes missing, the kid is with a parent or a relative.

WINONA RYDER: (As Joyce Byers) Nicely, what about the other time?

SHAPIRO: There is a mysterious government lab, a monster and boys riding about town on bikes. If you are hearing echoes of “E.T.” or “Goonies” or any number of other beloved ’80s classics, that is not a coincidence. When the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer pitched “Stranger Factors,” they didn’t use a storyboard or a written synopsis. They told me they assembled a trailer made of snippets from ’80s films.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I feel it was about 30 diverse motion pictures. A lot of them were from the ’80s, but not completely from the ’80s – motion pictures that we reduce together to kind of tell the story of the show. But it was cool because then we – you know, we had, you know, a lot of shots from “E.T.,” but we scored it with, like, John Carpenter synth music.

So I consider it helped us figure out what the show was going to really feel like, and I feel it helped Netflix, you know, and other firms and producers recognize what we wanted to do with the show.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: To us truly this stuff – it didn’t really feel like this hodgepodge. It all felt like a complete when we all put it with each other and we put the music more than it. And I think the cause is that all these, you know, the Stephen King stuff, the John Carpenter stuff, the Spielberg stuff is all just about these little towns and these quite ordinary folks.

SHAPIRO: Matt and Ross Duffer are twins. They have been born in 1984, a year right after the show was set. “Stranger Factors” is the very first show they’ve ever created. And since they did not know any much better, they broke a lot of guidelines, like casting youngsters as the leads. In the very first episode, 4 boys played Dungeons &amp Dragons in their parent’s basement, a scene not all that various from the Duffer’s personal childhood.


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is practically here.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #two: (As character) What is it?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #three: (As character) What if it’s the Demogorgon?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #four: (As character) Oh, jeez, if it’s the Demogorgon.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) It’s not the Demogorgon. An army of difficulty that is charged into the chamber.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #3: (As character) Troglodytes?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) Told you.


SHAPIRO: Quite soon a new girl appears, the weirdo in the woods. She’s got a shaved head and uncanny powers. Also, she barely talks. The Duffer brothers cast an eerily intense 11-year-old to play her named Millie Bobby Brown.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: What was interesting is by the finish of this shoot, this 11-year-old girl – I’m going up to her and going properly, how do you feel, what do you want to be doing? – you know, like I was treating her like she’s, like, a 41-year-old Shakespearean actor.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Well, and also because she’s very – which is something else that most child actors don’t have – she’s extremely aware of the camera.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: But at the exact same time, she’s like a little…

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: She’s nonetheless 11.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: She’s nonetheless 11.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: A single day she showed up on set and she’s just covered head to toe in glitter. And she’s like I don’t know exactly where this glitter came from.

SHAPIRO: (Laughter).

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: And it’s like I am not getting this dilemma with any of my adult actors covered in glitter.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I mean, that – I mean, yeah that was a genuine deal. It was like 40 – that was a 45-minute delay. That is a – that was…

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: It really is quite – I do not know if you have attempted to get glitter off a person, but it is really difficult. And yeah, so we fell behind.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: So she’s nonetheless a child.


SHAPIRO: (Laughter) It genuinely delayed your production schedule since she came in covered in glitter?


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yeah, 45 minutes in the morning, which is a – and you actually have a restricted quantity of time with little ones. So as funny as it is to talk about now, it was not funny.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: No. We’re like why are you sparkling? You’re, like, in “Twilight.”

SHAPIRO: (Laughter).

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yeah, you are not a vampire in “Twilight.” You know, what’s going on?

SHAPIRO: The obsession with this show is a lot more intense than I believe something I have ever observed. What was your, oh, my God, what have we done here moment?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: You know, the 1st issue that genuinely messed me up was the – there was the – Stephen King tweeted about it.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: And then I was like what? I mean, that to me was – due to the fact that didn’t – no one particular else had tweeted truly at that point. And, like – and he – you know, he naturally is 1 of our idols and was such a huge inspiration for us and an influence on this show, and that sort of messed me up. I – you just do not believe about it reaching these people. Yeah, it was insane. It was insane. I mean…

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I imply, even beginning Friday morning, you know, simply because the point is released, you know, at midnight.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: Individuals had completed the show.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: So many individuals had currently finished and have been tweeting all these great items about it. And then it just kept – via word of mouth, it just began to grow far more and much more and much more. And so even on Twitter what begins as a, you know, a handful of tweets turns into far more and more and far more and it just kept increasing. And then – you know, and then you commence seeing all this fan art on the web.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: The fan art.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: And amazing fan art and that is when we began realizing that – you know, and all this love for Barb, of course. And that’s when we…

SHAPIRO: Oh, I want to talk about Barb. Here’s the issue about Barb, she’s a extremely minor character on the show. A nerdy teenager, the fairly girl’s ideal friend on the sidelines.


SHANNON PURSER: (As Barbara Holland) Nance, seriously he invited you to his residence. His parents are not house. Come on, you are not this stupid.

NATALIA DYER: (As Nancy Wheeler) Tommy…

SHAPIRO: And yet when I asked on Twitter what people wanted to know about “Stranger Factors,” I virtually drowned in a tsunami of fervor for Barb.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: For us, it’s easy to relate to her since high college was a – it was terrible for us. And I know it was for a lot of folks, appropriate? You either enjoy it or hate it, and we hated it. And so I feel there’s a lot of men and women that really feel like they had been on the outside looking in, like Barb.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I feel the other reason men and women genuinely connect to her is due to the fact no 1 casts any individual like her. I mean, she looks like somebody you might genuinely go to college with.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Yeah, our teens have, like, acne and it’s like – it was, like, wonderful. I’m glad we didn’t – to me it really is important to attempt to maintain that and make it feel as genuine as possible.

SHAPIRO: To some folks, the show apparently felt a tiny too actual. In “Stranger Factors,” a Department of Energy facility gets up to some nefarious activities. And a couple of weeks ago, the true Department of Energy decided it necessary to set the record straight.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I really like that the Department of Energy issued a public statement that they’re not evil. That was like – that’s my preferred thing.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: Out of thousands of scientists, none of them are evil. But it’s, like…

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I bet there’s 1 evil 1.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: There’s one particular – (laughter) someone in there is evil. In a thousand folks, someone’s not a good guy.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Someone’s up to no great.


SHAPIRO: That is actually one particular of the bullet points in the DOE’s slightly tongue-in-cheek weblog post, quote, “national laboratory scientists are not evil.” Other headlines from the weblog post consist of, the Power Department does not mess with monsters and the Energy Division does not explore parallel universes.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: And also I enjoy how they pretend like they know how an interdimensional monster functions.

SHAPIRO: In the planet of “Stranger Issues,” Matt and Ross Duffer really do know how an interdimensional monster operates – in excruciating detail. The twins wrote a 30-web page document describing what is actually going on in this planet, with answers that the eight-episode show by no means totally reveals.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: We want to try to produce a mythology that has specific roles and a back story, and at least to us we realize. And then again, even if we’re not doling all that out to the audience in this, you know, first season or perhaps in other seasons, we still want to know that we have this solid base, and that we know the answers to it.

So it does not – I do not want – I want the audience to really feel like they’re secure, that we have these answers. And if we’re not providing it to them, we’re not giving it to them for a reason.

SHAPIRO: Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, thank you so considerably for your time, and congratulations on the massive achievement of “Stranger Items.”

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, thank you so significantly, yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #two: This was so fun. Thanks for speaking.



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