Exclusive interview with Zhang Yimou: Let the voices of children in the mountains of China blossom to the world

2022-07-30 0 By

Although there was not a lot of artistic performance throughout the opening ceremony, in fact, the director’s team, led by Zhang Yimou, integrated creativity into every minute of the ceremony.When the Olympic flag was raised over the Bird’s Nest, the Olympic song, sung by children in Greek, filled the stadium.As part of the ceremony, the director team selected 45 children from mountain villages in Fuping, Hebei province, which is close to Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the host city of the 2008 Olympic Games, to sing the Olympic Anthem, showing the vivid face of Chinese children facing the world and the future in the new era.Zhang Yimou, chief director of the Opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games: According to other regulations, it is better to sing the song by real people. This is the regulation, not to say you can play a recording or anything, nothing.They want live singing, or at least a band with everything.Zhang YIMou, CHIEF director of the OPENING Ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games: So usually when you see the concert songs, the most famous singers, the most famous artists are singing the concert songs. You see this in many Olympic Games, and there are also children singing.We thought that this set, how can we reflect the new era, the Chinese new mental outlook, so I suddenly thought of, we use the children in the mountains, with a child of the mountain, let them learn Greek to sing, let the children to stand in the mountains on the Olympic stage, sing for the Olympics, I think this time is especially meaningful.Because our country has been lifted out of poverty, our people’s living standards have improved, we have fulfilled our great historic mission today, we have made people’s lives happy, and that is important.Zhang Yimou, chief director of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: So how can we show it?You’d be singing in Greek by mountain kids, and it’s totally different, it’s a very different kind of feeling.When a simple child wears a tiger’s head and sings here, you will be moved.And we asked the Greek teacher to go to the mountains a few months in advance to teach children to sing, we filmed the documentary from beginning to end, you see those materials are very moved, those simple children’s faces, when they sing for the Olympic Games, they learn Greek, so moving.This is the new era. We have to tell the story to the world.(CCTV reporter Cao Yan)