[Beijing Winter Olympics] The main creators reveal the "famous scene" of the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  [Explanation] On the evening of February 20, the closing ceremony of the 24th Beijing Winter Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium.

The giant Chinese knot that interacts with the heavens and the earth, the skates representing the Chinese zodiac, and the long-lasting fire-off ceremony... let the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics once again staged a "Chinese-style romance".

What is the difference between opening and closing ceremonies?

How are many "famous scenes" designed?

Recently, Zhang Wenhai, the main creator of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the director of the closing ceremonies, and the deputy dean of the School of Education of Beijing Dance Academy, accepted an exclusive interview with China News Agency.

  [Concurrent] Zhang Wenhai, dance director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  The closing (ceremony) and opening (ceremony) are actually a set, a first part and a second part.

From the aesthetics, from the concept, from the style should be a consistent concept.

So what is the difference?

The closing ceremony is even more warm, because the competition is over, the athletes have worked hard for half a month, and in 16 days, they have gained something.

No matter who won the medal or didn't, in the 16 days in China, like a "everyone", there is something to gain.

So the concept of closing should be free and warm, and they should vent their emotions.

  [Commentary] Zhang Wenhai told reporters that the biggest protagonist of the closing ceremony is the athletes. The closing ceremony is the home for the athletes to rejoice. It is necessary to make the athletes feel comfortable, relaxed and happy.

  [Concurrent] Zhang Wenhai, dance director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  Athletes at the closing ceremony are mixed in, unlike the opening ceremony, where there are about 1,500 (athletes), which should be very, very large.

Under the epidemic, it is beyond our imagination. We will think that many people may go back, but they still stay in China.

It can be seen that our Winter Olympics still attracted them, and they are willing to stay and participate in the closing ceremony.

  [Explanation] At the closing ceremony, the main Olympic torch was slowly extinguished in the singing of the theme song "Snowflake" of this Winter Olympics, and the torch extinguishing session once again shocked everyone.

Zhang Wenhai said that the extinguishing of the torch also has a unique meaning.

  [Concurrent] Zhang Wenhai, dance director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  After turning off the flame, you will see that it is very slow, very slow, and finally a small flame goes out.

When it goes out, we will send it to the world immediately, so below the flameout, there is the 92 (name) flag bearer. Our flagpole is custom-made and bright, so this is also a concept, gathered in the small fire in Beijing It was extinguished, but the fire spread to the whole world.

It means that the fire is in the hearts of people all over the world, and the Olympic flame is still going on and it will never be extinguished.

  [Explanation] From the end of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics to the preparation for the closing ceremony, there are only 9 days of rehearsal time.

Zhang Wenhai admitted that compared with the opening ceremony, the rehearsal of the closing ceremony was more like a "race against time".

  [Concurrent] Zhang Wenhai, dance director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  It should be said that it is too difficult. The people behind it really don’t know. We moved to the “Bird’s Nest” on the 10th (February), and the first review was on the 14th. It was a big review, in fact, it only took 4 days.

When we came in on the 10th, it was not fully finished.

It was construction over there, and we started rehearsing here.

Race against time and challenge your own spirit and perseverance.

We sometimes have to go through the process 4 times a day, from start to finish.

  [Explanation] As a member of the "Double Olympic Directors", Zhang Wenhai said that he wanted to show the world the changes and progress of China in the past 14 years, as well as a new image of China in a new era through the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

  [Concurrent] Zhang Wenhai, dance director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics

  In the past 14 years (period), the world has undergone earth-shaking changes, and China's national strength and cultural self-confidence are constantly improving and updating.

I personally think that a new image of contemporary China should be left to the world.

If 2008 was a splendid 5,000-year-old civilization for the world, then the 2022 Winter Olympics should be an attitude, determination, and strength for the world to see China in the new era and contemporary China facing the future.

  Chi Hanyu, Xie Yanbing and Ma Shuaisha report from Beijing

Responsible editor: [Luo Pan]

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