The creative director of the Closing Ceremony of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games has promised a spectacular show for the attendees and viewers worldwide when the curtain comes down on the multi-sport event at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium here tomorrow.
The organisation of the Ceremony, which will bring an end to 12 days of competition and recognise the efforts of the thousands of volunteers, has been led by Balich Worldwide Shows’ (BWS) Simone Ferrari.
Speaking during a break from rehearsals, the young Italian shared insight into what viewers can expect to witness on the night as athletes of the 65 delegations from across Asia and Oceania reunite.
"In some sense, in the Closing Ceremony you can celebrate the Games more, be more artistic, as it doesn't have to tell only the story chapters of the country," he said.
"There will be more representations of sport and nation, and the art of it, which will mix different medias such as performance and projections."
Ferrari has gained extensive experience in large-scale shows, from Olympic Ceremonies to big arena spectacles, working with the best professionals in the world of entertainment.
He claims some artistic segments will tell a fantasy interpretation of Turkmenistan, for example seeing the country through the eyes of children.
"The intention is always to show the self to the world - the history of the country, to understand it, to see how artists have the seen the country previously," Ferrari said.
"You try to enter this vision, to see how it has been interpreted before.
"This show is for a Turkmen audience, so I seek to connect with their artistic taste and knowledge, so my interpretation is rooted in what already exists.
"I try to create unexpected transformation, have a turning point that changes everything, or surprise out of something familiar.
"There must always be one big image in each segment that you will always remember."
Hundreds of volunteers for the Closing Ceremony were recruited in April and rehearsals begun in mid-August at the Ashgabat Stadium.
Rehearsals transferred to the capital city’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday (September 24).
Ferrari says the Closing Ceremony is dedicated to the Ashgabat 2017 volunteers.
"I hope they will leave with a strong happiness, and feel their work has been meaningful, feel proud, connected, having created a portrait of Turkmenistan that is not in the books, and that they can recognise themselves in it," he added.
"I hope they can look to their country and its artists and see it from a different view.
"I'm happy if I can accomplish this."
Ferrari is making his leadership debut as a creative director here and is expected to demonstrate his style and ability to mix different media techniques.
As overall creative director for BWS, the 29-year-old is responsible for creating a culture within the company for how it will produce big shows and face new challenges.
Since working on the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, he has been a creative producer for big arena shows such as OperaPop, and major productions in Kazakhstan.
In the United Arab Emirates, his team worked on National Day celebrations.
Milan-based company BWS also produced the Ashgabat 2017 Opening Ceremony, using its experience in performing the role at previous Olympic Games.
They involved in the ceremonies at Torino 2006, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, where they produced the Tokyo 2020 handover segment.
Their Olympic experience also includes the flag handovers at Salt Lake City 2002 and London 2012.