Event TV: behind the scenes at Battle for the Winds

A huge outdoor theatre event, Battle for the Winds, took place in Weymouth on Saturday (28 July) to celebrate the start of the Olympic sailing, and Event got a behind the scenes tour as final preparations were made.

Four years in the making, Battle for the Winds is a collaboration between Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men, involving 4,000 artists based across the south-west of England.

The fictional story follows seven teams of wind gatherers from each region of the south-west on their quests to bring the winds to Weymouth and Portland to help the Olympic sailors.

The cast included Royal Marines based on board HMS Bulwark, who delivered Doldrum the God of Stone onto the beach, and Breathe, a company of 64 disabled and non-disabled performers.

The show also featured aerial performers and culminated in 2,012 torchbearers wading into the sea. Julian Bracey, co-founder of Cirque Bijou said it was the part of the show people said couldn’t be done. "We signed them up after a lot of organisation and planning, and the end result will be spectacular," he said.

To read the in-depth, print-only feature on Battle for the Winds and for a full review of the industry and its role in the Olympic Games make sure you subscribe to The Guide - An Olympic Legacy, which is available at the end of the year.

To find out what events are happening during the Games check out Event's Olympic channel.

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