Every Olympic ceremony that I’ve seen since has been a buzzkill by comparison. I don’t know why I keep expecting them to be so great…
Yes. China’s opening ceremony was breath-taking and spectacular, and in my opinion, easily trounces any other ceremony that I’ve seen before or since.
The sheer scale, the length, the size of the space, the culture, the number of people, the choreography, the combination of technology and stagecraft and raw human beings…
It all came together into something transcendentally beautiful and fantastical.
Even though my family just watched it on TV, I still remember the powerful feeling that it carried with it.
It was like when I watched a rendition of the Nutcracker in the Bardavon Opera House as a child.. whatever that feeling was, it was very similar. Back when the world seemed bigger and brighter. The wonder, the spectacle, the darkness, the quiet awe, gazing down at the stage from a great height while sitting snugly in winter clothes alongside my family..
The feeling was almost exactly the same for me. That’s a powerful thing.