China Opens Olympics

I can’t come up with a clever title for this post. Its the morning after and I am still completely blown away by China’s efforts in their wonderful opening ceremonies. At once a history lesson, a celebration of culture, and a show of brute discplined force, the Chinese elevated the Opening Ceremonies presentation to a definition of country in an artistic form. 


A recap is beyond my capacity and certainly isn’tnecessary. The flawless use of human artistry (dancers that paint a landscape with their strokes, man-powered raising and falling blocks, a thousands of illuminated dancers creating perfect

 circles and doves) and technology (the Olympic Rings woven into an LED fabric flown above the stadium, a 500 foot long LED screen that unrolled over the floor, a projection surface that wound all the way around the stadium). After the parade of nations, the Olympic flame capped off the night with a lighting ceremony at included a famous Chinese athlete literally flying around the stadium to light theultimate Olympic flame. Director Zhang Yimou created an artistic spectacle unparalleled in it artistry, spectacle, and sheer scope. 


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