What will Italy do in eight minutes at the Closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics?
Milan and Cortina D ‘Ampezzo, the next hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, will perform an eight-minute performance at the flag handover ceremony in Beijing on Saturday night.Rita Castelli, artistic director of the handover ceremony, told Xinhua News Agency that their performance will reflect the beauty of harmony between modernity and nature, and also hope to express the harmonious coexistence between man and nature.Artistic Director Rita Castelli ▊ Show the beauty of Harmony 16 evening, the Closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games rehearsed.In the press room, members of milan and Cortina D ‘Ampezzo’s eight Minutes performance team were seen.The rehearsal that night was the first time they practiced with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.Castelli said she and her company have been performing olympics-related shows for nearly 20 years, first performing at the handover ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.”As the next host, we presented the eight Minutes of Turin.Now the Winter Games are coming to Italy, to Milan and Cortina d ‘Ampezzo, and we are ready to bring the Olympic flag back to Italy.”Members of the Milan/Cortina d ‘Ampezzo Delegation celebrate winning the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics on June 24, 2019.(Xinhua/Xinhua) Italy will host the Winter Olympics for the third time in 2026.Cortina d ‘Ampezzo previously hosted the Winter Games in 1956 and Turin in 2006.’Milan and Cortina d ‘Ampezzo are two completely different cities,’ Mr. Castelli said. ‘Milan is a modern city, a symbol of the future.Cortina d ‘Ampezzo embodies the beauty of nature in the mountains.”The dialogue between the two cities, the city and the mountains inspired us…To achieve perfect balance and harmony in two different dimensions, it also conveys the idea of sustainability, and it actually says that we need to be kind to the planet, to care for and balance the relationship between man and nature.”▊ Less is more At the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the French host of the next summer Games presented a video version of the “Paris Eight Minutes,” but this time, the Italians came to Beijing to perform live.’This time they have a very small cast,’ Mr. Castelli said.This is partly because of the pandemic and partly because they believe that “less is more” and want to convey important ideas with fewer actors.▲ On August 8, 2021, the closing ceremony of the 32nd Summer Olympic Games was held in Tokyo, Japan.This is a short film of Paris, the host city of the next Summer Olympics, shown at the closing ceremony.(Xinhua/Xinhua) “You may be surprised, we only keep the necessary actors, sometimes you don’t need a lot of actors, you need a high level of performance.”Mr. Castelli said there would be an Italian female singer performing a key segment, as well as two dancers who couldn’t be more specific because they wanted to keep the surprise.She said that although it is difficult to perform live in China during the pandemic, it is still very important for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.”It can send a positive signal to the world that we can all get back together and move forward to a better future together.”▊ A connection with Beijing Castelli and her team have been preparing for this performance for a year, and they have been rehearsing and adjusting for the past six months.’We had a great time working with boCOG’s opening and closing ceremonies team,’ Mr. Castelli said. ‘We had all the information we needed to perform before coming to China, and we have a long relationship with Zhang Yimou, the chief director of the ceremonies.’Fireworks explode over the Bird’s Nest during the opening ceremony in Beijing, Feb 4, 2018.The opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was held in Beijing on Thursday.Xinhua/Castelli recalled that she was also at the Bird’s Nest for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games.”It was a big show that conveyed a lot of information, whereas what Beijing presented was a small and beautiful show, warmer, more ethereal, more romantic and more technological.The ideas and themes are rooted in The Times we’re living through, very modern and very positive.”She pointed specifically to the screens that covered the “Bird’s Nest” stadium during the Opening ceremony.For “eight minutes,” the team will also make full use of the screen.”We have made a very interesting video that will be shown alongside the performance, showing our city and the message we want to convey.”Source Xinhua News Agency editor Wang Xiaohu to edit old ke