Global Talent Search Launched By Gay Games Chicago 2006

Wed. August 24, 2005 12:00 AM

Performers Sought for July 2006 Ceremonies at Soldier and Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL - For those who have dreamed of performing to a packed stadium in front of a live television audience, the Gay Games opening and closing ceremonies might be that break-out opportunity of a lifetime.

Chicago Games, Inc., the organizers of the 2006 Gay Games VII Sports & Cultural Festival, today issued a Call for Talented Individuals across a spectrum of performance categories for participation in the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2006 Gay Games. Gay Games VII will take place 15-22 July 2006. The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, 15 July, at the 60,000 seat Soldier Field and the closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, 22 July, at the 40,000 seat Wrigley Field. Both ceremonies will be produced by Chicago-based Jam Productions, Ltd, and will be carried live by the Q Television Network throughout the USA with international live and taped feeds.

The global search for talent is on and the doors are open to enthusiastic and talented individuals interested in participating in the spectacular field performances being planned for these ceremonies. “If you’ve ever wanted to perform before tens of thousands of people in a huge stadium, this is a powerful opportunity,” said Kile Ozier, Ceremonies Director. “The Gay Games is a rare chance for the world to experience internationally famous entertainers along with an entire spectrum of athletes, artists and performers in an environment focused on societal change through sport and culture. We are seeking a diverse and highly talented pool of artists from which to draw performances that people will remember for a lifetime.”

Ozier, who delivered the Gay Games 1994 opening and closing ceremonies in New York, is known for the creation of compelling spectacle in civic arenas, stadiums and theme parks. He is gathering an accomplished corps of choreographers and dance community icons to collaborate with him in the creation of powerful field performance for the 2006 ceremonies.

Already on board are Joel Hall, creator and director of the legendary Joel Hall Dancers, and Kevin Iega Jeff, founder of the Deeply Rooted Dance Company; both of Chicago. Broadway choreographer and former Radio City Rockette Michele Lynch has joined the team. Lynch brings worldwide experience choreographing Broadway touring productions and was a part of the crew for the 1994 Gay Games.

All types of artists are asked to participate in this call. The primary focus during the first round of review will be on talented dancers, gymnasts, aerialists and performers of movement. All artists should submit their CV and demo disc (CD or DVD) to Kile Ozier, Ceremonies Director, Chicago Games, Inc., 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60640 USA. Please, no phone calls, emails or faxed documents. Submitted materials will not be returned. Artists who may have submitted unsolicited materials previously should resubmit their materials in the identified format.

About Gay Games VII
Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006. Over 12,000 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 sports ranging from softball to dancesport, swimming to tennis. The weeklong event will include band, cheerleading and color guard performances, chorus, an ancillary arts festival, and a series of community-organized social events and parties. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 15 July at Soldier Field, the lakefront home stadium of American-style football’s Chicago Bears. Closing ceremony will be 22 July at Wrigley Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, located in the heart of Chicago’s largest LGBT neighborhood.

For the first time, the Gay Games in Chicago will receive widespread television coverage on the Q Television Network. Early sponsors of Gay Games VII include PlanetOut/; Q Television Network; Orbitz; Sydney New Mardi Gras; McKnight Kurland Baccelli; Mate, Genre, Pink and Girlfriends Magazines; Windy City Media Group; and more than 70 business sponsors.

Registration for Gay Games VII is now open at (English), (Spanish), (French), and (German).