Citius, Altius, Fortius (If I may Write So)

by Andrew Stuttaford

More Olympic Fun:

One of [Britain’s]  leading ballet directors, David Bintley, has been forced to change the name of his latest production after being banned from using the motto of the Olympic Games. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s (BRB) artist director, attacked the “absurd” circumstances after he was ordered to change the name of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”.  Despite being inspired by the London 2012 Games and Cultural Olympiad, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) demanded it be renamed on the eve of its premiere. It will now be called “Faster” despite it being approved as an “Inspire Mark” project, as part of the official London 2012 award for activities inspired by the Olympics.  On Sunday night, Mr Bintley, who has choreographed a host of ballets to worldwide acclaim, described the decision as absurd and complained his new work was being treated like gift shop tat.

“Faster is inspired by the Olympic motto, Faster, Higher, Stronger,” said Mr Bintley, whose dance companies is considered one of the world’s best.

In fact, it’s a translation of the Olympic motto. Makes no difference, apparently.

And remember that Bloomberg wanted to bring this pestilence to New York City, while Obama flew to Copenhagen in an attempt to “win” it for Chicago, in what proved to be one of his more commendable failures.

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