Raise the Red Curtain
Raymond Zhou writes in the China Daily:
The Olympic opening ceremony is in rehearsal. But until it is unveiled in the evening of August 8, the extravaganza will remain a State secret, known to only those involved.
What will the performance be like? Will it be the mother of all stadium shows?
Without any inside information – even if we had, we couldn’t tell you, or we’d have to kill you afterwards – we’ll mount the mother of all educated conjectures, just to intrigue you and make Zhang Yimou’s job of creating surprises more difficult.
Now, we know Zhang, artistic director of the Beijing Olympic ceremonies, is an artist of versatility. He is equally comfortable with art-house flicks and blockbuster epics; he has helmed three tourism-oriented open-air shows and three productions of Western operas. Unless he reinvents himself from the ground up, a Zhang Yimou aesthetic is not difficult to discern. Our guess is based on his existing oeuvre, which we believe reflects and encompasses his artistic upbringing and convictions.