Historical changes, mechanisms and implications of the opening ceremony performance of modern Olympic Games

XIAO Hong1 XIAO Guanglai2

(1.Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China 510520)
(2.Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China 100084)

【Abstract】This paper analyzes historical changes of opening ceremony performances of the modern Olympic Games by methods of expert interview, literature review, video analysis and history analysis. The purpose of this study is to explore mechanism, law and trend of the development of Olympic Games’ opening ceremony performances, and provide new perspectives for Olympic Games studies. The study results show that, based on the time differences, modern Olympic Games’ opening ceremony performances can be divided into five phases, namely, budding phase, early phase, mature phase, change phase and diversification phase. The influential mechanism of the historical changes of opening ceremony performances is mainly reflected by four aspects, namely, the value orientation of the Olympic Games, the containment of social, politic and economic factors, the infiltration of cultural and artistic trends and the introduction of technologies. The corresponding historical implications include preserving Olympic spirits and core values, evading politicization and commercialization and developing toward the harmony and diversification direction against the current background.

【Keywords】 modern Olympic Games; opening ceremony performances; historical change; Olympic value; historical implications; diversified development;


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CN: 11-3785/G8

Vol 38, No. 03, Pages 28-34

March 2015


Article Outline


  • 1 The historical trajectory of the Olympic Games opening ceremony performance
  • 2 The impact mechanism of the opening ceremony performance
  • 3 The historical implications of the development of opening ceremony performances
  • 4 Conclusion
  • References