Dreams of Russia – Olympics opening ceremony

A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character

A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character

Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, 7th February, 2014.. 3000 artists were eventually selected for the preparation of the show and even many more volunteers helped organize the Festival. At auditions candidates often danced in «Gangnam Style». The youngest participant is 5 years old, the oldest – 67. The show begins with the theme “Dreams of Russia” – the most complex technically show in the history. A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character.

A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character

A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character

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She leads the viewer through the millennia, through an incredibly diverse country, spread to 6.6 million kilometers, nine time zones and 150 peoples of 114,000,000th population

The arena turns into floating islands and volcanoes

The arena

The arena turns into floating islands and volcanoes. Chukotka reindeer and yurts. Actors appear out of the mist, symbolizing the nationalities inhabiting Russia.

Chukotka reindeer and yurts

Chukotka reindeer and yurts

Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach

Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach

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Following the presentation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach, Russian national anthem is played in the hall. Sretensky Choir performs.

On the arene appear athletes with flags of their countries. The most conservative part of the ceremony – the parade of athletes was not boring at all. By tradition, the parade started with the Greeks.
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In accordance with Olympic tradition, now begins the parade of athletes under the music mix DJ Rudenko

The parade of athletes turned into an unusual disco with DJ and dance music. German national team

The parade of athletes turned into an unusual disco with DJ and dance music. German national team

Russian team marching to the song of t.A.T.u. 'Not Gonna Get Us'

Russian team marching to the song of t.A.T.u. ‘Not Gonna Get Us’

Standard-bearer of the Russian national team Alexander Zubkov during the parade of athletes and members of national delegations at the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Then presentation continued. Russian troika floats above the stadium.

Then presentation continued. Russian troika floats above the stadium.

And now at the Olympic arena comes the era of Peter the Great

And now at the Olympic arena comes the era of Peter the Great

'War and Peace' comes to life in the public eye at the opening ceremony of Sochi 2014, thanks to the stars of Russian ballet

‘War and Peace’ comes to life in the public eye at the opening ceremony of Sochi 2014, thanks to the stars of Russian ballet

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie 'My Sweet and Tender Beast'

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie ‘My Sweet and Tender Beast’

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie 'My Sweet and Tender Beast'

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie ‘My Sweet and Tender Beast’

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The transition to the twentieth century displayed rather symbolically – it is all combined together, and then destroyed: in the air, avant-garde parts are assembled into a mechanical horse to the sound of “Time, Forward!” by composer Georgy Sviridov.

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie 'My Sweet and Tender Beast'

Performers dance a waltz by Yevgeny Doga from the favorite Russian movie ‘My Sweet and Tender Beast’

Spotlights flooded the scene in red

Spotlights flooded the scene in red

Spotlights flooded the scene in red – the color of the revolution. Catchy Soviet newspapers are projected on the floor. Choreography draws an image of a modern, changing city and changing relationships: young lovers become the bride and groom, and then the fathers and mothers with strollers – welcome to the 80s USSR.

Holiday begins - Shrovetide (Maslenitsa)

Holiday begins – Shrovetide (Maslenitsa)

Astronauts and spacecraft 'Vostok'

Astronauts and spacecraft ‘Vostok’

The stadium “Fischt” in Sochi held colorful and technically ambitious opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014. Show became the basis of the history and Russian ballet performance based on the ball of Natasha Rostova character of War and Peace by Tolstoy, and on arena floor was projected view of our planet from space.

The stadium 'Fischt' in Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

The stadium ‘Fischt’ in Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

The stadium 'Fischt' in Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

The stadium ‘Fischt’ in Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony

The stadium ‘Fischt’ in Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony

Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony

Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony

Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony

Sochi, opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Enchanting show is over. On the arena appear athletes, carrying the torch to the bowl to light the fire of the Games. The first was Maria Sharapova

Olympic Games Fire was lit by glorious Russian sportsmen Vladislav Tretiak (ice hockey) and Irina Rodnina (figure skating)

Olympic Games Fire was lit by glorious Russian sportsmen Vladislav Tretiak (ice hockey) and Irina Rodnina (figure skating)

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics opening ceremony

Some images behind the scene of Winter Olympics in Sochi, February 7:

Actors and dancers

Actors and dancers

Alina Kabaeva (center) and Elena Isinbayeva (right)

Alina Kabaeva (center) and Elena Isinbayeva (right)

Irina Shayk, Russian supermodel with her fan

Irina Shayk, Russian supermodel with her fan

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

The kokoshniks headwear are waiting for their owners

The kokoshniks headwear are waiting for their owners

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