Video Mapping Dance and Combat Show at Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony

Video Mapping Dance and Combat Show at Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony


The Rugby World Cup 2019 came to an end last Saturday, November 2 at the International Stadium Yokohama, in Japan. South Africans won the tournament in an exciting final, which concluded with the Springboks’ triumph over England. 

The 43-day tournament left tons of memorable moments, being the opening ceremony one of our favourite ones. A spectacle that paid homage to traditional Japanese culture, the show featured All Blacks legend Richie McCaw emerging from a giant model of Mount Fuji with the trophy.

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The first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia, this popular sports event became was the perfect occasion for Japanese performers to showcase their talent and unique performances. That was the case of our incredible Video Mapping Dance and Combat Show

Combining high-tech visuals with traditional Japanese martial arts, this visually stunning act was part of the spectacular 22-minute opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Performed by various martial art specialists, these incredible performers stunned audiences at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo last 20th September, 2019. Engulfed in the darkness, the impressive open-air venue witnessed performances that included elements of ancient folklore to kabuki (a classical Japanese dance-drama). 

With speeches by Crown Prince Akishino and World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony also featured performances by Taiko Drummers and 220 dancers wearing red and black costumes, who appeared for a segment inspired by Tokushima Prefecture’s Awa Odori festival.

Lastly, one of the highlights of the evening came when 350 children appeared carrying flags of the 20 competing nations, before Rick McCaw emerged with the cup and Beaumont and Prince Akishino declared the tournament open.

Cultural performances are popular for sporting events, especially for opening and closing ceremonies as well as halftime shows. Make sure you explore traditional Japanese acts by checking our vast roster. 

If you would like our Entertainment Experts help you find the right sports entertainment option for your event, don’t hesitate to get in touch

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