(Belga) Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who staged a spectacular opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, will once again take charge of the same ceremony during the Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital in February, organizers said on Friday.
Mr. Zhang, 71, promised a “completely innovative” inauguration, while conceding that the context of pandemic and the low temperatures would prevent reaching the exceptional dimension of the spectacle of 2008 and its 15,000 participants. “Being simple, like in martial arts movies, is like a master’s sword,” the director told the official China New News Agency in an interview published Friday night. “It looks like a simple stab, but with lethal power.” The author of Chinese classics like “The Red Sorghum” or “Wives and Concubines” and of martial arts films like “Hero” or “The Secret of the Flying Daggers” has promised nearly 3,000 participants in the ceremony. Another clue distilled by Mr. Zhang: the lighting of the Olympic flame will follow a “daring idea” integrating the concepts of “environmental protection and low carbon emissions”. “I’m very nervous. I think it’s completely innovative and people are going to be surprised,” he added. Elements of the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 1, three days before the ceremony, will also be present in the show, the director told the public broadcaster CGTN. At the 2008 ceremony, 2,008 musicians beat perfectly rhythmic ancient Chinese drums, and thousands of other participants – martial arts enthusiasts, dancers, opera singers, acrobats and trapeze artists – paraded in lavish costumes. The show highlighted the history of China and its civilization and was to symbolize its comeback on the international stage. “It’s different now,” Zhang told New China. “The image of the Chinese, and the rise of our national status, everything is totally different now.” “With the pandemic, the world needs a new and strengthened vision, that is, people around the world come together to face the difficulties and envision a bright future,” he added. . (Belga)