The 2014 World Cup is kicking off this week when host nation Brazil plays Croatia. Just like the Olympics, this month long sporting spectacle and tournament has an elaborate Opening Ceremony planned. This one will be a lot shorter than the Olympics’ though and will last about 25 minutes.
“The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,” said the show’s Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez, via FIFA.com. “The sense of excitement here is amazing and everyone is very motivated. It doesn’t matter whether they’re feeling tired or hot sometimes or if they have to go through routines again and again: they just keep on smiling. It’s amazing.”
Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez were supposed to be performing their song We Are One, the theme of the World Cup, but Lopez pulled out for “production reasons.”
“The ceremony is taking place during the day, which means we won’t be using a lot of lighting or fireworks,” explained Joana Havelange, the executive director of operational planning and support. “There will be no pointed, sharp objects on the pitch or anything that’s very heavy. As a result, the show will focus heavily on the dancers, the sets, the dance routines, fantasy sequences and the soundtrack, which is really lovely and took two and a half months to write.”
Want to watch the opening ceremony? Here is all the information you need to watch: