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.

The Games have been criticized for empty seats, but the stadium is packed on Sunday night. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Pictures hide caption

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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.

Dancers wave flags ushering in excitement for the 2020 Summer time Olympics which will be held in Tokyo. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Pictures hide caption

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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.

Dancers pay tribute to landscape designer and artist Roberto Burle Marx, who designed Copacabana’s iconic sidewalk tile pattern. Cameron Spencer/Getty Photos hide caption

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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.

Spectators dance as fireworks light up the sky throughout the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Pictures hide caption

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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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&#039Crazy Ex-Girlfriend&#039 Challenges Stereotypes A single Song At A Time

Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom, far left) moves from New York to California in pursuit of her ex (Vincent Rodriguez III, third from left) in the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (Also pictured: Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner and David Hull)

Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom, far left) moves from New York to California in pursuit of her ex (Vincent Rodriguez III, third from left) in the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (Also pictured: Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner and David Hull) Danny Feld/The CW hide caption

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When 28-year-old comedian Rachel Bloom won a very best actress Golden Globe this year for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the Television show she stars in and co-produced, she told the crowd: “We practically didn’t have a show. We made a pilot for another network and they rejected it. And we sent the pilot to every other network in Hollywood and we got six rejections in one day and we felt like crap. But we knew it was great.”

Ultimately, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend identified a property at the CW, which premiered the show’s 1st season last fall. The musical-comedy-drama follows a mess of a young woman named Rebecca Bunch. Rebecca is productive at perform, but miserable at life. Soon after a likelihood meeting with her ex-boyfriend from summer time camp — that is right, summer time camp — she ditches her high-paying New York job and moves across the nation to his hometown of West Covina, Calif.

Bloom says, &quotThe whole show is about [Rebecca] learning to pursue her own happiness.&quot

Bloom says, “The complete show is about [Rebecca] finding out to pursue her personal happiness.” Patrick Wymore/The CW hide caption

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Rebecca, played by Bloom, is at instances unbalanced, adorable and satirical, but often in crucial. Bloom tells NPR’s Audie Cornish about making a show that was designed to dismantle stereotypes.


Interview Highlights

On Rebecca’s depression and anxiousness

We always wanted the show to confront her mental illness head-on. The premise of the show is just a romantic comedy where it’s like: Oh, a woman’s unhappy she’s a lawyer and she moves to attempt to win back the man she loves. But if you appear at the realism in that, it’s like, OK, if a person actually did that, they would be a tremendously unhappy particular person. That is a not excellent issue to do. And so inherent in the premise of the show was Rebecca’s depression and anxiousness. And the whole show is about her studying to pursue her personal happiness as opposed to attempting to make other people pleased.

On how absolutely everyone on the show is a little crazy

We attempt not to view anyone on this show from a lens of labeling them we try to make certain that you recognize where every single character is coming from. But yes, Rebecca is a tiny crazy. And when she comes to West Covina, we recognize that everyone else on the show is a tiny crazy, too. …

There’s a enjoy triangle inherent in the show, and several men and women root for Rebecca and Greg, Josh’s very best friend. And I want to remind every person that when Greg and Rebecca 1st meet, he says to her, “You are fairly and smart and ignoring me, so you’re certainly my sort.” That is adorable. That’s not a healthful factor to say to someone. … It shows that he doesn’t respect himself and it shows his own pathologies.

On the show’s mission

The entire show is about deconstructing stereotypes and deconstructing folks and obtaining the truth beneath tropes. And so that’s why the title is so, kind of, provocative in that way. You know, employing the label “crazy ex-girlfriend” and viewing it from a feminist perspective and how does 1 come to embody that? What does love do to your brain? When you let love take you over is it because you happen to be utilizing it as an escape from your genuine difficulties?

On “The Sexy Getting Ready Song”

This is from the pilot and Rebecca is about to go to this celebration exactly where the object of her affection will be.

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And I consider there is this type of fetishizing of … a woman receiving prepared and she’s primping and she’s, you know, dusting a powder puff into powder and producing herself smell pretty. And, no: Acquiring prepared for a celebration is disgusting and frustrating and horrifying. And so … the contrast among not only like beauty and ugliness, but how items are portrayed in pop culture and in pop music and how factors truly are was really a lot our guide for that song.

On how they choose when a character is going to burst into song

There is an old saying when writing musical theater: … When the emotion is also sturdy for the characters to speak, they sing. And then when it really is as well strong to sing, they dance. So that’s our guide: What are the strongest emotional moments in the episode? And we use that to decide when we’ll break into a musical number. And the other issue was the type of emotional ups and downs of adore are best for a musical.

On regardless of whether the show will be renewed for a second season

Oh, gosh, you inform me. We’re hopeful. We’re nonetheless waiting on it. We’re hoping for very good news, but, you know, it is anything that’s so out of our manage — the identical point with ratings, the exact same factor with awards. All we can do is make the show we want and make it till an individual tells us to cease.

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