As a person who doesn’t appreciate performance art as much as I should, I must say that I was blown away by the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics. The scope, choreography, symbolism, and beauty were incredible and something I have never seen before. As impressed as I was watching it on television, I can only imagine how incredible it must have been to see it in real life.
The presentation was divided into two parts: Historical China and Modern China. I was much more impressed with the first half—Historical China. I thought that the symbolism and artistic quality was much more evident. Don’t get me wrong, the second part was impressive but it seemed to be too interpretive.
The parts with the moving printing blocks and the naval exploration were my favorite parts. Both used massive amounts of participants creating an awe inspiring show. The blocks had a surprise twist at the end and the maritime show had a great score that made me feel how big China is.
Zhan Yimou, China, and company have raised the bar and it wouldn’t surprise me that a ceremony comparable to this may not come for a while yet. I don’t see London and Vancouver as being capable of competing. And if the Brits put as much effort into their ceremony as they did into their Olympic logo, we all might cry from the disappointment and visual pain.
I am anticipating a great closing ceremony now.