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FOREWORDS AND BACKGROUND
Reflections of Russia – Daniele Finzi Pasca 13
Background to Olympic Ceremonies 14
Sochi 2014 15-16
Olympic Closing Ceremony Overview 17
Other Sochi 2014 Ceremonies 18
OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY SCENE-BY-SCENE
The Sky and the Sea 22-27
Heroes of the Games 28-29
Colours of Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall 30-31
Piano Choreography 32-33
Bolshoi and Mariinsky 34-35
Twelve Writers 36-37
The Magic of Circus 38-39
Handover Ceremony 40-41
A Journey Together 42-43
Mirror World 46-47
A New Spring 48-49
Closing Party 50-51
PRINCIPAL PERFORMERS AND PRODUCTION TEAM
Principal Performers 53-55
Artistic Team 56-58
Executive Team 59-60
Tonight, after 16 glorious days, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi come to an end, but the memories
of what transpired here will remain vivid for years to come.
Athletes from around the world thrilled us with their performances and inspired us with their dedication. They
brought the Olympic values to life on the snow and ice of this beautiful corner of Russia. They competed in
the spirit of fair play and with respect for their opponents. They were true Olympians.
The athletes are always the heart of the Games, but many others contributed to the success of Sochi 2014.
We are indebted to the people of Russia for their hospitality and for all the work that went into hosting this
magnificent global gathering.
I would particularly like to thank the thousands of volunteers who gave so generously of their time, their
energy and their enthusiasm to this cause. I also want to acknowledge the excellent job done by the entire
team at the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. They did not just organise the Games; they pursued a vision
intended to create a lasting positive legacy for this region.
And last but not least, thank you to the media, who have provided the images and the words that have
allowed those following the Games around the world to experience the excitement of Sochi 2014 from afar.
Your prose and pictures have captured history and will allow it to live on for decades and generations to
It is always a bittersweet moment when the Games come to an end. The thrill, excitement and emotion of
the competition are over for now, but the spirit of these Games lives on. Although life will return to normal
for most of us, we will leave Sochi with new friendships, new memories and a new appreciation of the
May we leave here as well with a new determination to nurture and share the spirit of excellence, friendship
and respect that prevailed in Sochi.
Thank you, Sochi! See you in PyeongChang!
President, International Olympic Committee
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Chairman of the Coordination Commission
for the Sochi 2014 Games
This evening, in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the curtain will fall on the XXII Olympic Winter Games after
16 days of sporting excellence and emotion.
At the heart of it all, the athletes, the most important participants in the Games, have dazzled us with their
exceptional performances and have all been wonderful examples of excellence, respect and friendship,
particularly for the young generation of today and tomorrow. Let us thank them in the same way as we
thank all those who have contributed to the success of these first Winter Games in Russia.
Thank you to the Russian people for their warm welcome and passion for sport that was expressed at all
the competition venues, both in the city and in the mountains. Thank you also to the Russian Government
and State for their ceaseless support since the very beginning of this Olympic adventure in Sochi.
A big thank-you to the whole Sochi 2014 Organising Committee team for having overcome the different
challenges that they faced and for offering truly magnificent Games to the athletes and the spectators.
To the thousands of volunteers – thank you for your commitment every day, and for your enthusiasm and
I would also like to thank my IOC Coordination Commission colleagues and to express my immense gratitude
for their considerable work and faultless commitment over these last six years.
The Games would not have such an impact throughout the world if you, the media, did not share and
transmit, through your writing, your images and your reports, this unique and unforgettable experience that
is the Games, and, beyond that, this dream which they inspire.
Even if we are celebrating this evening the end of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, there is no doubt
that the dynamics created by these Games will leave a real human and sustainable legacy to Sochi, the
Caucasus region and Russia. Sochi 2014 has played its part in promoting the Olympic values and in allowing,
without a doubt, a whole new generation to discover the Games.
Deputy Prime Minister
of the Russian Federation
The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have made history. Russia has written a new chapter in the chronicle
of the Olympic Movement. Our country has become not only an arena for competition of the best athletes
on the planet, but also a home to thousands of participants and guests of the Olympic Games. Millions of
people around the world have been able to experience the great history and culture of our country, to get
acquainted with our traditions and feel the warmth and openness of the Russian soul.
The Games are now ending, but the legacy of this great event will serve generations of Russians for many
years. One of the most important resorts in Russia has been dramatically updated with modern transport
systems, facilities for tourism and municipal infrastructure, turning Sochi from a summer seaside town into
a world beating year-round resort in record time. Russia has received a tremendous benefit in important
social areas such as attitudes towards people with disabilities and has implemented standards for a barrier-
free environment, a volunteer movement and new environmental regulations and standards for 'green'
construction have been introduced.
Sochi 2014 has created a powerful impetus for the development of professional and popular sports in the
country. The modern infrastructure created for the Games, as well as the invaluable experience of hosting
them, has helped Russia become a world leader in the field of organising major sporting events. Our country
has become even closer to the world, enjoying and fully sharing the common principles of the Olympics and
the coexistence of different cultures and peoples.
Today Russia bids farewell to the Games, and to everybody we say "goodbye and we hope to see you
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President and CEO of the Sochi 2014
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As athletes from 88 countries prepare to enter the Fisht Olympic Stadium for the last time and the world
tallies the final results of the Games, the time has come to say, "until we meet again" and "thank you."
These Games have brought us closer, reminded us of our best qualities, united people of different nationalities
and cultures, and given inspiration and hope to people across the world.
The legacy of Sochi 2014 is monumental. Thanks to the Olympic Games in Russia, green construction
standards and a barrier-free environment were introduced, the approach to protecting the environment has
been enhanced, a Russian volunteer movement sprung up for the very first time, and an International Olympic
University in Russia was created to produce the highest level of sports managers. The experience we have
gained while preparing and delivering the Games will be invaluable in the world-class organisation of other
major sporting events, both in Russia and around the world.
I want to thank all the people of Russia, whose generosity, support and love for sport has made the Olympic
Games in Sochi so vivid and memorable. Thank you to every one of the 25,000 volunteers who have been the
face of our Games, and worked with complete dedication to became an integral part of the Sochi 2014 team.
The International Olympic Committee has been an exceptional partner – having entrusted us with these
Games, they've always been willing to provide guidance and support to our team. Thank you to our partners
for believing in the power of the Games and the positive changes they bring.
And last, but certainly not least, thank you to the athletes. The Games is your stage, your victory. When
we reminisce about Sochi 2014, we will remember your dedication, spirit and devotion to fair play.
I'm pleased that we're not saying goodbye just yet. The wonderful Closing Ceremony lies ahead. For a few
more hours, you can enjoy the celebration of sport and culture that will be witnessed by billions across the
Our inspirational Paralympic Winter Games is now a matter of days away. We hope to see you back in
Sochi very soon.
President of the Russian Olympic Committee
It's difficult to believe that in just a few hours the first ever Olympic Winter Games in the history of Russia
will become yet another part of history. We've spent 16 unforgettable days in Sochi and I want to thank
everyone who has been involved in this memorable celebration of sport.
I want to thank all those who realised the bold dream of creating a winter resort in a southern city into a bid
to host the Olympic Winter Games 2014. All those who, for six long years, designed and built the necessary
infrastructure. All those who planned and organised every hour of every day of the Games. Every one of the
organisers, builders and volunteers who made a contribution to the preparations. I'm sure that the memories
of this huge collaborative work will stay with us for ever.
We're equally grateful to all the athletes who treated us to the grandest of sporting occasions, and who
courageously and beautifully fought for victory, pushing themselves to the limit to achieve their personal
I also want to say thank you to the thousands of fans who traveled here to Sochi from all corners of the
world in order to cheer on the athletes and to become part of the main sporting event of the year. We owe
such a special atmosphere, one that is distinctive to the Olympic Games, to the spectators. I'm delighted
that we could show the entire world our nation’s hospitality and that many thousands of people have
become personally acquainted with our country.
We've yet to fully realise the monumental legacy that the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will leave for us.
But to my mind, the main legacy is the fact that the Games will give new momentum to the development
of sport in our country, that even more young people will welcome sport as a natural part of their lives, and
that even more children will join sports clubs and enter sports leagues.
The Olympic Games impact on the lives of everyone who comes into contact with them, making every single
person a part of this amazing sporting event. I want to thank all of you for your commitment to sport and to
the Olympic Movement!
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Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
On behalf of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, I welcome you to the Closing Ceremony of the
XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
We've all witnessed the triumph of the Games in our country. Sporting communities have celebrated the
athletes’ victories and shared their defeats, and millions of people around the world have watched the
events. Today it's time to say farewell to the Olympic Games in Sochi – the city will be remembered for its
hospitality, friendliness and warmth to everyone who was able to visit over the past 17 unforgettable days.
The Games have given our country the legacy of unique sporting facilities. Next year we will welcome
participants for international bobsleigh competitions in Sochi. The Russian Children's Sports and Education
Centre will open soon, and the future stars of world sport will be able to train at the Olympic venues.
Some of those venues will benefit sport in a different capacity. For example, the Iceberg Skating Palace will
become a modern cycle track. The changes will be of benefit not only to people of this wonderful city and
the Krasnodar region, but also to visitors to our country.
As the XXII Olympic Winter Games end, a new chapter begins for Sochi, which has rightly taken its place
among the largest sporting capitals in the world!
Mayor of Sochi
I'm happy to welcome everyone from around the world who's been following the Olympic Winter Games
in Sochi. Those of you who cheered for their team on TV, who enjoyed the athletes’ triumphant
performances broadcast at the Sochi 2014 Live Sites, and those in the Fisht Olympic Stadium this evening.
I admire the courage and strength of the champions who were defending the honour of their countries in
our ice arenas and alpine slopes. You gave us the gift of a great performance, revealed your true love for
your country, and proved once more that the Olympic Games unite nations and bring harmony and unity.
I would also like to thank the media who spread the word about Sochi to the world.
We've staged the most unforgettable Winter Games in the history of the Olympic Movement. In just a few
hours, the last festive fireworks will paint the sky to celebrate the Closing of the Olympic Games. Let these
colourful memories of Russia and Sochi warm your hearts.
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Artistic Director, Author & Director
Daniele Finzi Pasca
Many of us know Russia through the countless artists who’ve written memorable words, composed
beautiful melodies and painted extraordinary artworks – surprising, revolutionising and impacting on
cultures and countries far away. 'Reflections of Russia' is an an affectionate tribute, inspired by their work.
A Closing Ceremony is a time for reflection. This evening we’ll look at the immediate past – celebrate
the athletes who’ve made the Games so memorable, and salute the volunteers who’ve helped to make
it all possible. We’ll look at the distant past – the spirit, culture and traditions of Russia – an historical
perspective that also reflects the present: the universal human values that the Olympic Games embody.
And finally, we’ll look to the future. The sequence ‘A New Spring’ represents the Olympic Flame’s
everlasting nature – may it blaze brightly in the hands of its next custodians, our friends in PyeongChang.
A number of my shows have reached Russian audiences, creating a bond that’s hard to describe. Some
say it's the nostalgia that permeates my work, the constant search for the sensitivity expressed by
friendship or an empathy with the stories told by my characters.
Eight years after directing the Closing Ceremony of the Turin 2006 Olympic Games, I find myself here in
Sochi and, I must say, it’s been another amazing experience. Thank you Konstantin and the team at the
Ceremonies Staging Agency for making it possible. I’ve surrounded myself with my family – Julie, Hugo,
Elena, Giovanna, Bryn, Gianmaria and many others – and I’ve found new friends. Together we’ve tried to
create a night full of magic and excitement.
Background to Olympic Ceremonies
Olympic Ceremonies are among the oldest and most prestigious traditions
in the world of sport. In ancient Greece, the first day of Olympic competition
opened with the competitors parading in chariots past the purple-robed
judges, a herald and a trumpeter. The herald called out each competitor’s
name, the name of his father and his city, and then declared the Games
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, drew on some
of those early traditions to create a sporting and cultural event unlike any
other. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the first modern Olympiad
in Athens in 1896, athletes paraded into the stadium and a crowd of 70,000
watched as King George of Greece officially opened the Games.
Today, Greece still features prominently – their delegation leads the teams
entering the stadium for the Athletes’ Parade at the Opening Ceremony, and
the Greek flag is part of the formal handover from the current Host Nation
to the next at the Closing Ceremony.
Ceremonies in the modern era balance the International Olympic
Committee’s protocol requirements – such as anthems, speeches and
lighting the Cauldron – with spectacular music, dance and pageantry,
reflecting the Host Nation’s history and culture.
This is the first time the Russian Federation has hosted the Winter Olympic
and Paralympic Games. The USSR hosted the Summer Olympics in 1980.
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Sochi is on the Black Sea coast, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, approximately 1,600km
south of Moscow. The area has been at the crossroads of Asian and European cultures since the
Bronze Age – the result is an enchanting and ethnically rich region, where the mountains meet
the sunlit shores. Sochi has a population of 400,000 and is situated in the Krasnodar region, the
third largest region in Russia.
Over the course of history, Sochi has been a cultural outpost for travellers, merchants and
Russian Tsars. The city continues to host a range of international arts events, including jazz and
cinema festivals, classical music concerts and ballet performances. Notable people born in Sochi
include Andrey Konstantinovich Geim, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics, tennis player
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, tennis player Maria Sharapova and Olympic bobsledder Alexey Voevoda.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games will leave a priceless sporting heritage for the
next generation of athletes and put the city on the world map as an international resort and
Eleven venues have been built for the Sochi 2014 Games, divided into two clusters – coastal and
mountain. They’re 48km apart, linked by a high-speed transport connection, making it one of the
most compact Games ever.
The Coastal Cluster lies in the heart of the Imeretinskaya Valley. There are six venues…
• Fisht Olympic Stadium
• Bolshoy Ice Dome
• Shayba Arena
• Ice Cube Curling Center
• Iceberg Skating Palace
• Adler Arena
SOCHI 2014 OLYMPIC GAMES
6new disciplines since 2010: Women’s Ski
Jumping, Team Figure Skating, Freestyle Halfpipe,
Freestyle Slopestyle, Biathlon Mixed Relay,
Snowboarding Parallel Slalom
98sets of medals contested
Sochi 2014 CONTINUED
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88National Olympic Committees
plus Independent Olympic Participants
26volunteer training centres
to be volunteers, from Kaliningrad to
3billion is the anticipated worldwide
TV audience for the Sochi 2014 Olympic
and Paralympic Games
The 40,000 capacity Fisht Olympic Stadium takes its name from Mount Fisht, which reaches 2,857m
above sea level, in the Caucasus Mountains. The design was inspired by the Fabergé eggs created
for the Russian Imperial Family. The Stadium’s translucent polycarbonate roof resembles snowy
peaks, ensuring it sits harmoniously in the landscape, and offers spectators breathtaking views of
the mountains to the north and Black Sea to the south.
Up to 120,000 people are expected each day at the Olympic Park. After the Games, it will become a
Formula 1 street circuit and the Fisht Olympic Stadium will host national football matches and mass
The Mountain Cluster in Krasnaya Polyana is set against the scenic backdrop of the Caucasus
Mountains. There are five venues…
• Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center
• Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
• RusSki Gorki Jumping Center
• Sanki Sliding Center
• Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
The Sky and the Sea
Heroes of the Games
Colours of Malevich, Kandinsky, Chagall
Bolshoi and Mariinsky
The Magic of Circus
A Journey Together
A New Spring
‘Reflections of Russia’ showcases the country’s spirit, culture and heritage.
Throughout the evening, we'll see two clowns with Luba (the little girl first
seen in the Olympic Opening Ceremony) and Yuri and Valentina, the two
children who will guide her this evening. They’ll experience a magical journey
into the roots of Russian culture – touching the sky and stars, sharing
dreams and learning lessons about overcoming adversity, about aspirations
and achievements, courage and purpose.
We’ll reflect on the immediate past – recognising the athletes who’ve made
the Games so memorable – and the distant past – celebrating Russia’s rich
heritage of art, music, ballet, literature and circus. We’ll also look to the
future. Though the Olympic Flame will be extinguished this evening, it will
reignite in PyeongChang four years from now.
Principal performers this evening include conductor and viola player
Yuri Bashmet, conductor Valery Gergiev, pianist Denis Matsuev, violinist
Tatiana Samouil and soloists from the Bolshoi and Mariisnky ballet
Valery Gergiev conducts 1000 children from the Pan-Russian Choir in
singing the national anthem.
The volunteer cast of more than 4,000 are aged 6-43, and mostly from
the Krasnodar region. Over the past two months they’ve given up their
time to tirelessly rehearse for this evening’s Ceremony.
Chief Creative Director: Konstantin Ernst
Artistic Director, Author & Director: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Associate Artistic Director: Julie Hamelin Finzi
Head of Set & Props Designer: Hugo Gargiulo
Lighting Designer: Al Gurdon
Costume Designer: Giovanna Buzzi
Director of Mass Choreography: Bryn Walters
Light Forest Video Designer: Roberto Vitalini
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Other Sochi 2014 Ceremonies
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OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY
Friday 7 February
The Opening Ceremony was a dreamlike journey of a girl called Lubov (Love)
over thousands of years, across a remarkably diverse country of 6.6 million
square miles, nine time zones and 150 ethnicities among its population
of 143 million. From the fabled troika and Saint Basil’s Cathedral to Peter
the Great and War and Peace, the Ceremony brought alive the rich cultural,
geographical and intellectual history of this nation in an unforgettable
evening of colour, light, sound – and magnificent surprises.
PARALYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY
Friday 7 March
Artistic Director, Author and Director Daniele Finzi Pasca’s ‘Breaking the
Ice’ is a joyous celebration evoking the spirit of Russia, and the importance
of breaking down the barriers and stereotypes faced by people around the
world every day. Featuring music, dance, literature and spectacular visual
effects, it showcases the excellence of artists with disabilities among an
extraordinary cast of all ages and backgrounds. The Ceremony culminates
with a stunning ice scene signifying the opening of new channels of
communication, tracing new paths for humanity and ultimately bringing
PARALYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY
Sunday 16 March
The Closing Ceremony celebrates the amazing Paralympic athletes who’ve
shown us that dreams can be achieved, that with strength, passion and
a change of perception «Impossible» can become «I’m possible». Featuring
rousing music, breathtaking choreography and beautiful visuals, created by
Doug Jack, Artistic Director Lida Castelli’s «Reaching the I’m Possible» is a
spectacular finale to the Sochi 2014 Games.
Each evening the central square of the Olympic Park transformed into
Medals Plaza where the Victory Ceremonies took place. After the athletes
have been awarded their medals, audiences of up to 20,000 were
entertained by music concerts until midnight. After the Games, the names
of all the medal winners will be permanently recorded at the site.
Throughout February and March, Live Sites across Russia gave to audiences
a chance to experience the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Each Site features large screens displaying the day’s sporting events and
stages showcasing the country’s best musical entertainment.
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Olympic Closing Ceremony
«Reflections of Russia»
Countdown Duration: 00:01:11
It’s been 16 days since the Olympic Flame lit the Cauldron outside the magnificent Fisht Olympic
Stadium. Tonight the Flame will be extinguished, bringing the Games to a close. But what won’t
be extinguished are all the special moments and memories created at Sochi 2014, in particular the
exceptional performances of the world’s best athletes.
Highlights of the past extraordinary days of sporting endeavour are displayed on large screens
around the Stadium. We focus on the range of emotions the athletes have experienced – exhilaration
and exhaustion, euphoria and disappointment, the joy of victory and the pain of defeat.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6…
The numbers are displayed on screens around the Stadium.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
As the countdown concludes, the 'light forest', at the centre of the field of play, explodes with light
and fireworks blaze from the roof.
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An extract from Modest Mussorgsky’s
«Pictures at an Exhibition», composed in
The «light forest» consists of 204 luminous
poles, each measuring 12 metres, that
change colour to create images and moods
throughout this evening’s Ceremony. There
are nearly one million LEDs in the poles
which, if layed end to end, would stretch to
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Highlights of the Games are displayed on screens around the Stadium facts and stats
3.8length in kilometres of the aerial
track in the roof, used for flying props and
8,633size in square metres of the
field-of-play – it has 25 lifts and more than
40 traps doors.
13,000cubic metres of helium
in this evening’s Ceremony.
The Sky and the Sea Duration: 00:16:40
Our attention turns toward the south, where a rowing boat glides through the air, as if it’s
navigating a night sea. In the sky, stars twinkle everywhere.
Two clowns are sitting in the boat with Luba, clutching her much-loved teddy bear, and Yuri and
Valentina, the two children who will guide her this evening.
They’ll experience a magical journey into the roots of Russian culture – touching the sky and
stars, sharing dreams and learning lessons about overcoming adversity, about aspirations and
achievements, courage and purpose.
Cast and creatives
Luba (meaning 'love') was first seen in the
Olympic Opening Ceremony, where she took
a dreamlike journey over a thousand years of
The names of the other two children – Yuri
and Valentina – recall the Soviet cosmonauts
Yuri Gagarin (the first human to journey into
outer space) and Valentina Tereshkova (the
first woman to have flown in space).
Yuri and Valentina are played by Vladimir
Chubkovtsov and Anastasiya Trushina, both
13 years old. They were born into the circus
and their parents currently perform with the
Zapashny Brothers Circus.
The clowns are internationally-renowned
performers Andrey Sharnin (a director of the
Moscow State Circus and an ‘Honoured Artist
of Russia’) and Askold Zapashny (artistic
director of the Bolshoi Moscow State Circus).
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A rowing boat enters from the south, with two clowns and a young boy and girl.
One of the clowns is trying to catch shooting stars with a butterfly net.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was composed in 1946
by Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979). Tiomkin studied
at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he
crossed paths with Prokofiev, and went on to
worldwide fame as a composer of Hollywood
film scores. He wrote the music for more than
100 films, won four Academy Awards (including
two for High Noon) and received 22 nominations
(including Best Foreign Language Film for his
production of Tchaikovsky starring Innokenty
Russia has a long tradition of clown performers.
From the Durov Brothers in the late 1800s,
whose satirical performance style often caused
problems with the establishment, to celebrated
clowns of the 20th century such as Karandash,
Yuri Nikulin, Oleg Popov and Slava Polunin.
Daniele Finzi Pasca, director of this evening’s
Ceremony, is also a clown known for ‘teatro
della carezza’ a technique of invisible gesture
and a state of lightness.
A group of ‘messengers of light’ fly down and surround the rowing boat as the waves undulate
beneath it. Their powerful torches create glowing shafts of light and the sea dazzles as hundreds
of sparkling fish and stars appear to be submerged beneath the surface.
These seemingly unnoticed inhabitants of the sea swim towards each other, as if being carried by
the ocean’s current, and swirl into mesmerising patterns – yin and yang, waves, manta rays, an
infinity loop, mirror ball, stars – their twinkling mirrors scattering beautiful reflections around the
As the rowing boat flies out of sight, our attention is drawn to the final pattern made by the
‘mirror’ performers – five concentric circles, which gradually turn into the Olympic Rings. The Rings
shine brightly and refract through a low mist, breaking into hundreds of multi-coloured beams of
light to create a spellbinding scene around the Stadium.
Cast and creativeS
700 performers wearing mirrored costumes.
Music in this segment includes two film scores
by Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979): ‘Cyrano
de Bergerac’composed in 1950 and ‘Giant’
composed in 1956.
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The Sky and the Sea CONTINUED
‘Messengers of light’ shine their powerful
torches on the sea.
Light reflects on the mirrored costumes,
creating beautiful images around
700 performers move like shoals of fish
creating patterns of stars, waves and the
Sochi is a coastal city on the shore of the
Black Sea. The Sea is surrounded by land (Russia,
Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania)
but it's not quite a lake as it’s connected to the
Mediterranean. As it’s virtually ice-free in winter,
it’s an important shipping route, the site of
important naval bases and supports commercial
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HEAD OF STATE ENTRY
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the President of the International
Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, take their seats in the Presidential Box.
RUSSIAN FLAG AND ANTHEM
The ‘mirror’ performers form two parallel lines, creating a guard of honour to welcome the
entrance of the Russian Flag. At the same time, the messengers form a separate guard of honour
Fifteen children carry the Russian Flag towards the Protocol Stage.
1000 children from the Pan-Russian Choir rise from their seats behind the Protocol Stage and
world-renowned conductor, Valery Gergiev, conducts them in singing the national anthem.
Meanwhile, the Flag of the Russian Federation raise.
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The Sky and the Sea CONTINUED
In addition to being a world-renowned
conductor, Valery Gergiev is general director
and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre,
principal conductor of the London Symphony.
As the flag enters the Stadium, we hear sound-
track composed by Dimitri Tiomkin.
Alexander Alexandrov (1883-1946) composed
the national anthem of the Soviet Union which,
in 2000, became the anthem of Russia.
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Entry of the Flag of the Russian Federation.
Valery Gergiev conducts the Pan-Russian
Rise of the Flag of the Russian Federation.
Vladimir Putin is President of the Russian
Federation. He first held the role from 2000
to 2008, and was re-elected in 2012. In the
intervening four years he served as Russia's
Thomas Bach was elected as the ninth
President of the International Olympic
Committee on 10 September 2013. He
succeeds Jacques Rogge who held the role
from 2001. Bach represented West Germany
at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal,
where he became Olympic Champion in the
Team Foil event.
The flag of the Russian Federation was first
used as an ensign for merchant ships and
has been the official Russian flag since being
approved by Presidential Decree in 1993.
Russia celebrates National Flag Day on
22 August each year.
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Heroes of the Games Duration: 00:39:15
The Olympic Games offer a unique opportunity to bring out the best in individuals and unite us all.
This evening we celebrate the 2,856 athletes whose exceptional endeavours and commitment
to the Olympic values – excellence, friendship and respect – have been an inspiration across the
world. The athletes trained for years to get here and have achieved sporting milestones over
the past 16 days. Now it’s time to celebrate the heroes of the Games.
Each nation’s flag is carried by an athlete selected by their delegation. They’re followed by the
rest of the athletes, who flood into the Stadium and make their way to seats behind the
Following tradition, the Women’s 30km Cross-Country Skiing and Men’s 50km Cross-Country
Skiing events complete the Games’ medal-giving.
IOC Athletes’ Commission
This evening, we recognise the two newly-elected members of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission,
who represent athletes within the Olympic Movement and uphold their rights and obligations.
You don’t have to win a medal to be a hero. Tonight, the athletes and all of us recognise the
25,000 volunteers whose energy, enthusiasm and remarkable dedication has contributed to
the success of Sochi 2014.
Facts and stats
88National Olympic Committees plus
Independent Olympic Participants.
The mingling of nations in the Athletes’
Parade is a tradition that began during the
1956 Summer Olympics at the suggestion
of Melbourne schoolboy, John Ian Wing.
He wrote an anonymous letter to the IOC
suggesting it would be a symbol of global
unity: ‘War, politics and nationality will all be
forgotten. What more could anyone want
than if the whole world could be as one
The Protocol Stage is the shape of Russia.
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The Sochi 2014 Olympic medals feature a
patchwork quilt design, representing the
different regions of Russia. Each medal is 1cm
thick and 10cm in diameter. A record number
of 1,300 medals have been made.
This evening, when spectators took their seats,
they were asked to put LED medallions around
their necks. Throughout the Ceremony, they’ll
light up to create spectacular coloured effects
around the Stadium. At the end of the evening,
spectators will have a great souvenir to take
In 1981, the then-IOC President, Juan
Antonio Samaranch, created the IOC Athletes’
Commission to represent athletes within the
Olympic Movement and uphold the rights and
obligations of the athletes.
The first Winter Olympic Games were held in
Chamonix, France, in 1924. Originally they
were held in the same years as the Summer
Olympics, but in 1986 the IOC decided to
place them on separate four-year cycles. The
Winter Olympics have been hosted on three
continents, but never in a country in the
Athletes, waving their national flags are
escorted into the Stadium by Flag Bearers.
Victory Ceremonies for the Women’s 30km and
Men’s 50km Cross-Country Skiing.
Our attention moves to the Protocol Stage
for the athlete and volunteer presentations.
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Colours of Malevich,
Kandinsky, Chagall Duration: 00:04:10
Russia is a land of strength, elegance and rich beauty. Russian artists as Pavel Filonov, Mikhail
Vrubel, Valentin Serov, Victor Vasnetsov, Ilya Repin, Kasemir Malevich, Vasiliy Kandinskiy,
Aleksander Deyneko, Mark Chagall – have produced some of the most inspiring visual arts.
Tonight we perform just some of the most famous arts.
Artist, Marc Chagall’s world is one of brides and fiddlers, clowns and acrobats, children and
animals: a fantasy world reflecting an alternate reality of happiness and new horizons. Tonight,
we see that world come to life as a village inspired by one of his paintings appears to be floating
upside down and a second village is projected on the floor. As they move towards each other, it
becomes apparent that the projected scene is a reflection of the one above it.
From the orchestra stand, viola player, Yuri Bashmet, plays a duet with violinist, Tatiana Samouil
who rises up at the centre of the field of play. The children from the rowing boat wander through
the scene. While above them, 10 brides are suspended from enormous helium-filled clouds, which
give their movements a sense of weightlessness – sometimes lightly touching the ground before
rebounding in huge gravity-free strides.
A large moon is seen above the clouds. It appears to be a balloon held by a clown, who gives it to
CAST AND CREATIVES
Cast of 120, including 10 brides suspended
from clouds and 41 stilt walkers and jumpers.
‘Polka’ by Alfred Schnittke (1934-98) is played
by viola player, Yuri Bashmet (founder of the
Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra and
winner of multiple international competitions,
including the prestigious Sonnings Musikfond
Prize) and violinist Tatiana Samouil (who’s
appeared with orchestras and at festivals all
over the world).
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The Russian-born artist, Marc Chagall
(1887-1985) saw his work as ‘not the dream of
one people but of all humanity’, a perspective
embraced by the Olympic Movement and
shared with audiences this evening. An early
modernist, he was associated with several
major artistic styles and created works in
virtually every medium, including painting, book
illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics
and tapestries. He’s widely regarded as one of
the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Facts and stats
8diameter in metres of the moon/balloon.
10clouds each measuring 9m wide.
5,464costumes in this evening’s
43,827props and scenic elements.
A village floats upside down across the
field of play, recreating a scene reminiscent
of a painting by Chagall.
Viola player Yuri Bashmet with the orchestra,
and violinist Tatiana Samouil at the centre of
A clown passes a huge moon/balloon to the
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Piano Choreography Duration: 00:04:40
From Sergei Rachmaninoff to Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Anton Rubinstein and Vladimir
Horowitz, Russian pianists are legendary, their styles and sounds intense and inspiring.
The clouds converge at the centre of the stage, forming a white dancing surface, and part to
reveal a grand piano emerging from below. Soloist Denis Matsuev is playing Rachmaninoff’s
‘Piano Concert No2’, while all about him a further 62 pianos whirl around the stage, the players
moving in a frenzy of fun and informality that mesmerises the three children.
With the last piano notes drifting into the night sky, we see yet another reflection of Russian
culture beginning to take shape.
CAST AND CREATIVES
In addition to soloist Denis Matsuev, 248
performers are ‘playing’ and manoeuvring
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Pianist, Denis Matsuev, emerges at the
centre of the stage.
Another 62 pianos try to catch the spotlight.
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1928) composed
‘Piano Concert No2’ in 1901. It established
his fame as a concerto composer and is often
voted the most popular piece of classical music
of all time.
Denis Matsuev is an award-winning Russian
classical pianist. He’s performed at the most
prestigious international concert halls and
collaborated with the world's leading symphony
orchestras. He’s playing a grand piano, while
the other 62 pianos are a combination of six
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An elaborate chandelier descends and two large proscenium arches glide across the stage, to
create theatres that appear to mirror each other. The Bolshoi in red and gold, the Mariinsky in
blue and gold.
At first we see the great impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev. He dances
his way to the centre, where he places his top hat.
The theatre curtains open to reveal 48 corps de ballet and two soloists – ‘Pavlova’ and her teacher
‘Cechetti’, who perform a pas-de-deux. They’re joined by other characters from Ballets Russes
productions – Golden Slave, Zobeida, Rose and the Dying Swan – until finally the dancers gather
around the ‘Firebird’, and peel off to form patterns including the five Olympic Rings.
As the music subsides, the dancers move towards the writing desks that have begun to appear and
Diaghilev collects his top hat before departing the scene.
Cast and creatives
The eight soloists are Denis Rodkin (Golden
Slave) and Maria Semenyachenko (Dying
Swan) from the Bolshoi; and Anastasia
Kolegova (Firebird), Anton Korsakov (Rose),
Yuri Smekalov (Diaghilev), Alisa Sodoleva
(Zobeida), Ksenia Zhiganshina (Pavlova) and
Maxim Zyuzin (Checcetti) from the Mariinsky.
The 24 dancers in each corps de ballet are
dressed in classical costumes, the Bolshoi
trimmed in red and the Mariinsky in blue.
Choreography has been recreated by Emil
Faski, who's worked with numerous ballet
companies including the Mariinsky, where he
choreographed the opera, Les Troyens.
‘Scheherazade’ was composed by Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) in 1888. It's
based on One Thousand and One Nights.
The All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra
came together as a result of a nationwide
competition launched by Sochi 2014
Ambassador, Yuri Bashmet, to identify the
country’s best young classical musicians.
The Orchestra has 83 members, aged 9 to
21, drawn from 28 cities across Russia.
Bolshoi and Mariinsky Duration: 00:05:23
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Two proscenium arches, representing the
Bolshoi (red and gold) and Mariinsky (blue
and gold) theatres.
Soloists from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky take
on roles including Anna Pavlova, her teacher
Cechetti, and founder of the Ballets Russes,
Sergei Diaghilev wearing a top hat.
The Bolshoi and Mariinsky are among the oldest
and most renowned ballet companies in the world,
and have a historic riv alry. Both have developed
very different performing styles: the Bolshoi
(founded in Moscow in 1776) has a colourful
and bold approach, whereas the Mariinsky
(founded in St Petersburg in the 1783 and known
internationally as the Kirov) is associated with
pure and refined classicism.
Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was an impresario
and founder of the Ballets Russes, a series
of unique ballets reflecting Russian culture. It
revolutionised the world of ballet, bringing creative
costumes and renowned composers to the art
form, and spawned many famous dancers and
choreographers. The company’s first night in Paris,
on 19 May 1909, was a sensation and included
Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky among the cast.
Facts and stats
12x8size in metres of each
7.3height in metres of the chandelier.
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Twelve Writers Duration: 00:04:05
Some writers are like large trees. They sit for days and years at their desks, inclined over them, filling
the pages with words. They can’t imagine where those words will end up, what kind of shoots they’ll
put out. Only a little breeze is needed to make them fly.
Welcome to the land of Russian literature, where 12 studios showcase some of the country’s most
treasured novelists, poets and playwrights at their desks… Akhmatova, Brodsky, Bulgakov, Chekhov,
Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Mayakovsky, Pushkin, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy, Tsvetaeva and Turgenev.
Entering an enormous library, with images of the writers projected on to large screens and towers
of literary works piled high, the children open a giant book and curiously begin to turn its pages.
Amid the scene are librarians and characters from classic works – including War and Peace, Eugene
Onegin, Three Sisters, Master and Margarita, The Idiot and The Government Inspector.
Suddenly, a powerful whirlwind sweeps the words up into a swirling vortex and they fly around the
Facts and stats
40,000+libraries in Russia.
850million books and other print
items in Russian libraries.
Cast and creatives
Three children – Luba, Yuri and Valentina
– seen earlier this evening.
Characters from classic literary works.
Aram Khachaturian (1903-78) composed
the music for Mikhail Lermontov’s play
Masquerade in 1941. Three years later,
he extracted five movements to make a
symphonic suite – one of which, ‘Waltz’,
is played this evening.
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The children discover an enormous library.
Pages are swept into a vortex, flying all
around the Stadium.
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Russia’s circus culture has been a cornerstone of the national identity since the time of Catherine
the Great, when performers filled the royal palace of St Petersburg.
This evening, performers accompany a traditional circus caravan laden with trunks, cases and
props, dropping them off at six circus rings.
A group of clowns raise the circus tent and soon we see the performers emerge, to find a huge
audience gathered all around. A flurry of performers also appear, and spin off to the six rings to
show off their skills – from juggling and teeter-board to unicycling and aerial hoop. With a cast of
more than 400, the scene is teeming with energy and activity.
In a final flourish, the circus tent is sucked back into the ground and the performers scatter into
the night, leaving the children under the light of the moon.
Cast and creatives
69 professional circus performers and 120
circus students from across Russia.
Since the reign of Catherine the Great in the
18th century, circus has played an important
role in Russia, where it’s regarded as an art
form on a par with ballet and opera. The Old
Moscow Circus was founded in 1880 and
quickly became the most respected and loved
circus in Russia. Through the establishment of
state circus schools in Moscow in 1927, and
later in other major cities, circus developed
in quality and on a scale unknown in other
countries. In the 1950s it became a highly
successful cultural export, making frequent
tours to the United States and Europe. At
its height, in the early 1990s, there were
70 permanent circus buildings and about 50
traveling circuses in Russia.
Compagnia Finzi Pasca has had a long
relationship with contemporary circus, having
created and toured numerous award-winning
shows worldwide, including Nomad, Rain,
Nebbia, Donka, La Verità and Corteo for Cirque
The Magic of Circus Duration: 00:06:39
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‘Suite for Variety Orchestra, Waltz No2’
composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (1938) –
made famous by the soundtrack to Stanley
Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut – and ‘Cinderella,
Waltz’ composed by Sergei Prokofiev (1940).
Facts and stats
30x20size in metres of the
60seconds to put up the tent.
20seconds to take down the tent.
1849the year Russia’s Imperial
Circus opened to the public in St Petersburg.
1880the year the Moscow Circus
School was founded.
A circus caravan and performers
travel to the centre of the Stadium.
A group of clowns raise the circus tent.
Performers show off their skills in six
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Handover Ceremony Duration: 00:10:45
To honour the origins of the Olympic Games, the Greek flag is raised and the Greek national
anthem is played.
The Olympic Flag is lowered and the Olympic Anthem is played.
Anatoly Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi, then hands the Olympic Flag to Thomas Bach, President
of the International Olympic Committee, who presents it to Seok-rae Lee, Mayor of PyeongChang.
Following tradition, each man waves the flag four times.
The Olympic Flag is carried out of the Stadium.
As Sochi 2014 comes to a climax, the national anthem of the Republic of Korea is sung by a young
boy and girl, their flag is raised and the search for PyeongChang 2018’s heroes begins.
The Greek national anthem is based on the
poem, ‘Hymn to Liberty’, written by Dionýsios
Solomós in 1823. It was set to music in 1865
by Nikolaos Mantzaros, and has featured at
every Olympic Closing Ceremony of the modern
era, to pay tribute to Greece as the birthplace
of the ancient Olympic Games.
The Olympic Anthem was composed by
Spiros Samara for the first Games of the
modern era, in Athens 1896. It was first
played at an Olympic Winter Games in Squaw
Valley, California in 1960.
‘Aegukga’ (‘Patriotic Song’) is the national
anthem of the Republic of Korea. It was
written around 1896 and the current version
was established in 1948.
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The Olympic Flag features five interlaced
rings on a white background. The symbol
was created by Pierre de Coubertin, founder
of the modern Olympic Games, in 1914 –
100 years ago. He said: «It represents the
five inhabited continents of the world, united
by Olympism, while the six colours are those
that appear on all the national flags of the
The Greek flag is raised.
The Mayor of Sochi passes the Olympic Flag
to the President of the IOC, who presents it
to the Mayor of PyeongChang.
The flag of the Republic of Korea is raised.
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A Journey Together Duration: 00:08:10
Korea is a country of cosmopolitan cities, including the captivating capital, Seoul, and
PyeongChang host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
With its pristine nature and 5,000 year-old mysteries, PyeongChang is presented in a performance
that resembles a landscape painting using traditional Korean colours and shapes.
AWAKENING OF PYEONGCHANG
The energy of a new winter reverberates in the silence of the darkness.
The sound of Korea brought out by the gayageum echoes of the universe,
Opens up a new sky and land, and
Summons the Crane who symbolizes eternal life.
The Crane, with his eternal friendship, starts to flap his wings,
And the land of a new dream, PyeongChang, awakes with the blessing of life and peace.
DREAMING TOGETHER OF PYEONGCHANG
PyeongChang, the place that did not give up its dream against all odds,
Opens the door to a new future.
A beautiful forest of dreams is presented, where the world can come together.
The song of a new winter is sung.
Children from countries with no snow but with a dream of PyeongChang
Come to join their starry dreams and hopes.
Now everyone with the dream of PyeongChang holds each other’s hands
And paves the road to a new vision of unity.
A JOURNEY TOGETHER TO NEW HORIZONS
With the vision of realising the dream of PyeongChang together,
Little heroes walk toward the new stage.
As their dreams and hopes parade toward the New Horizons of the Olympic Games,
Everyone in the world is invited to join them on the journey.
The dream of PyeongChang empowers everyone to be courageous and to rise to the challenge,
And sets a milestone in the new era as the little heroes draw the Olympic rings of harmony
The «Immortal» is a Gayageum player who
performs the ritual of ushering in a new
time and space with the Gayageum, which
represents heaven and earth with 12 strings
symbolising 12 months in the year. It is the
messenger who offers the invitation to
Koreans to open up New Horizons of the
Olympic Winter Games.
A beautiful and sacred animal, the «Crane»
symbolises eternal life and abundance. It
represents the new dream of PyeongChang,
where people and nature live in harmony.
The «Child» starts the ganggangsullae dance
of invocation. It dreams of PyeongChang and
invites everyone around the world to come
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A Gayageum is a traditional Korean zither-like
musical instrument, with 12 strings.
Ganggangsullae was first used to bring about
a bountiful harvest and has developed into
a cultural symbol for Korea. It incorporates
singing, dancing and playing, and is
exclusively performed by women.
Awakening of PyeongChang
Dreaming Together of PyeongChang
A Journey Together to New Horizons
Speeches Duration: 00:06:45
Dmitry Cherniskenko and Thomas Bach make their way to the Protocol Stage where their
speeches mark the closing of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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President of the Sochi 2014
Dmitry Chernyshenko, a native of Sochi, is
a leading advertising and sports marketing
professional. He was awarded the Order of
Honour for the success of the Sochi 2014 Bid.
President of the International
Thomas Bach was elected as the ninth
President of the International Olympic
Committee on 10 September 2013. He
succeeds Jacques Rogge who held the role
from 2001. Bach represented West Germany
at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal,
where he became Olympic Champion in the
Team Foil event.
The three young children are playing amid a labyrinth of towering mirrors. When Luba, still clutching
her teddy bear, looks up she sees the reflection of a huge Bear – one of the Sochi 2014 mascots –
peering back at her.
Together, all four of them cheerfully frolic on the ice. Then it dawns on them… they’re not alone.
They become aware of 40,000 spectators and call for their friends, the other Sochi mascots.
The children jump onto the Bear's skis, the Hare’s skates and the Leopard’s snowboard, and all six
play a game of chase in the mirror maze. Finally, they discover the Olympic Flame concealed within
a block of ice, its light dancing in reflection.
1000 children from the Pan-Russian Choir (who we saw earlier this evening) are each carrying a
small flame in their hands.
A short burst of the music that closed the Moscow 1980 Olympics, reminds the Bear of his
ancestor Misha, mascot of those Games. He’s caught in his own thoughts for a moment, but after
16 days of competition and celebration, he knows the time has come to extinguish the Flame.
With a big puff of breath he blows it out, which triggers the extinguishing of the Olympic Cauldron
outside the Stadium.
Mirror World Duration: 00:06:30
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Cast and creatives
Three children – Luba, Yuri and Valentina.
Three mascots – Bear, Hare and Leopard.
Nine hundred children from the Pan-
The Polar Bear hears ‘Goodbye Moscow' by
Aleksandra Pakhmutova, played in the Closing
Ceremony for the Moscow 1980 Olympic
Games, which triggers memories of his
ancestor, Misha the mascot.
Music accompanying the extinguishing of
the Cauldron is from the 1974 Soviet film,
At Home Among Strangers, composed by
Eduard Artemyev, arranged by Igor Matvienko.
Facts & stats
8height in metres of the Polar Bear mascot.
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The three mascots ski, skate and snowboard
on a frozen sea in search of the Olympic Flame.
The Polar Bear blows out the Flame and the
Cauldron outside the Stadium is extinguished.
A nationwide competition to select the
mascots began in December 2010 and
resulted in more than 24,000 entries. In
February 2011, the winning entrants were
revealed as Oleg Serdechniy (b1957) from
Sochi (Polar Bear), Vadim Pak (b1977) from
Nakhodka (Leopard) and Silviya Petrova
(b1994) from the Chuvash republic state,
Yankovsky region, New Buyanovo village (Hare).
The Olympic Torch was lit from the rays of the
sun at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece on
29 September 2013. It arrived in Red Square,
Moscow on 7 October and spent 123 days
travelling more than 56,000km across all 83
regions of Russia, as well as visiting outer space,
the North Pole, the bottom of Lake Baikal and
top of the mountain Elbrus. The Relay included
14,000 Torchbearers, involved more than
25,000 volunteers and was seen by 90% of the
population of Russia.
The red Olympic Torch combines motifs from
Russian folklore with ideas of innovation and
technological breakthroughs. The design is
based on a feather from a magic bird, which is
said to bring good fortune and happiness.
Children from the Pan-Russian Choir carry small
flames in their hands.
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The cycle of the Olympic Flame being lit and extinguished is complete. And, so it is, that one
season replaces another.
A shower of yellow petals gently falls across the Stadium.
Nearly 2,000 more children, carrying yellow flowers, join the Polar Bear, Hare and Leopard. They
create a vast, blossoming meadow of mimosas – the bright, fragrant flowers found in southern
Russia and a symbol of Sochi 2014. At the same time, spectators wave sprigs of mimosa –
turning the Stadium into a sea of yellow.
Renowned soprano, Hibla Gerzmava, flies across the Stadium in a fantasy boat 'Springmaker',
which emits a trail of yellow petals in its wake. While below, the choir are conducted by Valery
As the song comes to an end, a flock of 20 ‘running birds’ elegantly move through the meadow
and are chased by the children into the night.
A New Spring Duration: 00:05:10
Cast and creatives
2,700 children, including a choir of 1000.
Twenty 'running bird' performers.
Hibla Gerzmava was born and brought up
in the Black Sea region. She’s performed at
the world’s leading opera houses and, since
1995, has been a soloist at the Stanislavski
and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow
Academic Music Theatre.
Valery Gergiev returns, having conducted the
choir for the Russian national anthem earlier
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The mascots are surrounded by children who
create a vast, blossoming meadow of yellow
A flock of ‘running birds’ elegantly move
through the meadow.
Soprano, Hibla Gerzmava arrives in a fantasy
Mimosas are found across the south of Russia
and are a symbol of Sochi 2014. Traditionally,
men give mimosa flowers as a gift on
International Women’s Day, 8 March.
The young children carrying the flowers are all
Facts AND stats
19.5length in metres of ‘Springmaker’
the fantasy boat.
Closing PartyDuration: 00:34:30
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In a triumphant finale, a spectacular firework display erupts across the Olympic Park.
DJ Kto emerges from the central lift to bring a party feel to the end of the Ceremony.
Thanks to motion capture technology, his every movement is mimicked by the Sochi
Leopard on screens around the Stadium. Their rousing performance encourages the
athletes and cast to join the celebrations.
DJ Kto (aka DJ Boomer) is a musician, DJ,
producer and promoter who’s played a
significant role in popularising rap, new rave
and drum ’n' bass in Russia.
DJ Kto invites the athletes and cast to
join the celebrations.
Spectacular fireworks mark the end of
the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
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Internationally-renowned conductor, Valery Gergiev, has collaborated
with the world’s leading theatres and orchestras. As artistic director and
general director of the Mariinsky Theatre and several acclaimed festivals,
he’s overseen the emergence of numerous international stars. He was
responsible for the opening of the Concert Hall at the Mariinsky Theatre
in 2006 and the stunning new venue, Mariinsky-II in 2013. The Mariinsky
label, established by Gergiev in 2009, has released 25 discs to date.
Yuri Bashmet is a world-renowned musician, conductor and teacher. By
performing solo viola concerts in leading international concert halls, he
turned the viola into a brilliant solo instrument. He’s performed more than
50 concertos for viola and orchestra, is artistic director of 18 festivals and
academies in eight countries, and founded the All-Russian Youth Symphony
Orchestra for Sochi 2014.
Pianist Denis Matsuev was born in Irkutsk to a family of musicians. Winning
the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, at the age of 23,
became a turning point in his career and he went on to perform with the
world's best known orchestras and most distinguished conductors. He’s
President of the charity, New Names, which supports musically talented
children; artistic director of the Sergei Rachmaninov Foundation; and head
of The Public Council under The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Hibla is an Abkhazian and Russian operatic soprano. She's been a soloist
at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, Moscow
since 1995 and performed major roles at the world’s leading opera
houses. She's the only female singer to have received the Grand Prize
at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, 1994. In 2010,
her performance in Lucia di Lammermoor brought her the highest Russian
theatrical award, the Golden Mask, as well as the Casta Diva Award and
the Moscow Government Award for achievement and contribution to the
world of arts and culture.
Born into a musical family in Perm, Tatiana Samouil took up the violin at
age six. She later studied with the legendary Igor Oistrakh and won prizes
at seven international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky and Queen
Elizabeth. Alongside her solo career, she founded the Malibran Quartet.
Thanks to an anonymous patron, Tatiana plays a 1721 Stradivarius violin,
once owned by the legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler.
Askold Zapashny is the fourth generation of a circus family. He created the
Zapashny Brothers Circus along with his brother Edgard and, together, they
hold the world record for the longest jump riding a lion – 2.3 metres. Their
shows include Legend, K.U.K.L.A., Emotions and Unbelievable Force. He’s
been performing in the circus ring since 1988 and has been artistic director
of the Bolshoi Moscow State Circus since 2012.
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Andrey Sharnin has been working in the circus since 1977, as a performer,
producer and creator of shows for the Great Moscow State Circus,
including All Stars in the Circus, Circus Carousel, My World is a Ring and
U Lukomorya. He was part of the clown duo, ‘Mik and Mak’ for 23 years and
now teaches young clowns (including Kseniya Zubova and Boris Nikishkin).
He is an Honoured Artist of Russia.
Born in Chelyabinsk, Anastasia Kolegova graduated from the Vaganova
Academy of Russian Ballet. Since 2000 she’s performed with dance
companies in St Petersburg and Vilnius. In 2002 she received a diploma
and special prize from the Perm Academic Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet
Theatre in the Arabesque ballet competition for the best performance to
music by Tchaikovsky. She’s also won prizes at international competitions.
She joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2006.
Born in St Petersburg, Anton Korsakov graduated from the Vaganova
Academy of Russian Ballet in 1998 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same
year. He was named ‘Dancer of the Year’ by Dance Europe magazine in 2005
and has won prizes at many international competitions. He is an Honoured
Artist of Russia.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alisa Sodoleva graduated from the Vaganova
Academy of Russian Ballet in 2010 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same
year. Her repertoire includes Giselle (Monna, Zulma), Swan Lake (Swans),
Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine), La Bayadère (Grand Pas Classique),
Schèhèrazade (Zobeide), Raymonda (Grand Pas) and Balanchine's Jewels
(Rubies, Diamonds). Also Le Parc, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj,
William Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Sasha Waltz's
The Rite of Spring.
Born in Ivanovo, Ksenia Zhiganshina trained at the Leonid Yakobson Ballet
School and has been at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet since
2009. She’s won ballet prizes in Russia and internationally, and appears
in Mariinsky Theatre productions.
Denis Rodkin was born in Moscow. In 2009 he graduated from the Moscow
State Academic Theatre of Dance and joined the Bolshoi ballet company.
In 2013 he graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.
Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Maxim Zyuzin graduated from the Vaganova
Academy of Russian Ballet in 2001 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same
year. He’s performed solos in ballets by George Balanchine as well as in
premieres of modern choreography.
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Mariya Semenyachenko was born in St Petersburg. She studied at the State
Ballet School of Kiev and the Moscow State Academy of Choreography
from where she graduated in 2004. From 2006-12 she was a soloist at the
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. In 2012 she
opened a dance school for people of all ages and classes. She joined
the Bolshoi company in 2013.
Born in Nizhny Tagil, Yuriy Smekalov graduated from the Vaganova Academy
of Russian Ballet in 1998. From 1998 to 2009, he was a soloist with the
Boris Eifman St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre. As a guest artist,
he’s performed at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Warsaw Opera Narodowa and St
Petersburg State Leonid Yakobson Academic Ballet Theatre. He’s won many
international competitions and joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2009.
DJ Kto (aka DJ Boomer) is a musician, DJ, producer and promoter. He’s played
a significant role in popularising rap, new rave and drum ’n' bass
in Russia. In the late 1990s he was part of the iconic dance radio station,
Port FM, and a member of the band, DeadUshki. In 2000 he founded a new
club, 0,1,2,3, where he was one of the first in Russia to use new techniques
and experiment with different music styles in his sets. At present he’s a
producer of musicians and bands.
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Konstantin Ernst / Chief Creative Director
Konstantin Ernst was Creative Director and Screenwriter of the Sochi 2014
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Director General of TV Channel One,
Konstantin has produced over 300 large-scale TV projects. He has become
producer and co-author of some famous blockbusters, including “Night
Watch”, “Day Watch”, to name but a few. The winner of many professional
awards, he was Creative Director of Moscow 2009 Eurovision – recognised
as the best show in Eurovision history by the European Broadcasting Union.
Daniele Finzi Pasca / Artistic Director, Author & Director
Internationally renowned author and director, Daniele has created dozens
of award-winning shows that have toured worldwide, including Corteo for
Cirque du Soleil; The Sky Trilogy: Nomad, Rain and Nebbia; Aida and
Verdi's Requiem for the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev as music
director. He’s been performing his solo show, Icaro, for 25 years and it’s
become an icon of the company he co-founded, Compagnia Finzi Pasca. He’s
also collaborated with English National Opera, Teatro San Carlo, Vlaamse
Opera and the Canadian Opera Company. He created and directed the
Closing Ceremony of the Turin 2006 Olympic Games and is Artistic Director,
Author & Director of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Julie Hamelin Finzi / Associate Artistic Director
Julie is one of the five founding members of Compagnia Finzi Pasca. She
also co-founded Cirque Éloize in Canada. Producer, creative director and
author, she’s created numerous acrobatic and theatrical productions that
have toured to theatres and festivals worldwide including Nomad, Rain,
Nebbia, Donka and La Verità. In 2006, she was part of the creative team for
the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Turin. She's collaborated with
the Mariinsky Theater, English National Opera, Teatro San Carlo, Vlaamse
Opera and the Canadian Opera Company. Julie is also Associate Artistic
Director of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Hugo Gargiulo / Head of Set & Props Designer
Hugo is one of the five founding members of Compagnia Finzi Pasca
(CFP), acting in and directing several of the company’s productions. As
set and props designer he’s worked on Nebbia (CFP-Cirque Eloize), Donka
(CFP & Chekov Festival), Pagliacci (Teatro San Carlo of Naples), La Verità
(CFP) and Aida (Mariinsky Theater). He worked on Corteo for Cirque du Soleil,
was part of the creative team for the Closing Ceremony of the Turin 2006
Olympic Games and is Head of Set & Props Designer for the forthcoming
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Giovanna Buzzi / Costume Designer
Giovanna has won two Franco Abbiati Prizes for ‘Best Costume’ – for
Ricciardo e Zoraide directed by Luca Ronconi (Rossini Opera Festival, 1990)
and Die Walküre directed by Federico Tiezzi (Teatro San Carlo Naples, 2005).
She’s worked with directors including Costa Gavras, Graham Vick and Daniele
Finzi Pasca with whom she designed the costumes for Donka, La Verità and
for Verdi’s Aida and Requiem at the Mariinsky Theatre. She designed the
costumes for the Closing Ceremony of the Turin 2006 Olympic Games, Fiat
500 World Premiere 2007, the Opening Ceremony of the Mediterranean
Games 2009 and forthcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic
Games Opening Ceremony.
Al Gurdon / Lighting Designer
In a distinguished career Al has received many awards and nominations
from all over the world, including an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting
Design/Lighting Direction for the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2013, and a
nomination in the same category for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies.
He has been lighting large scale international events, music tours and
television events for many years and is proud to be associated with the
Sochi 2014 Olympic Closing Ceremony.
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Bryn Walters / Director of Mass Choreography
Over the last decade, Bryn has become one of the world’s leading experts
in mass choreography for stadium events. He started his career as a
performer in London’s West End as well as in film, television and corporate
events. He’s since worked on 25 stadium shows, including the ceremonies
for four Olympic Games (Athens, Turin, Vancouver, London) and three
Commonwealth Games (Manchester, Melbourne, Delhi). He worked as
Live Action Director and/or Choreographer for Rio 2007 Panamerican
Games, Pescara 2009 Mediterranean Games, Donbass Arena 2009,
Shakhtar 75th 2011, Juventus Stadium 2011, Euro 2012, Fifa U20 2013
and the forthcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Elena Shubina / Creative Producer
Elena has worked with numerous theatres, ballet companies, orchestras and
internationally-recognised artists. She was Deputy for Foreign Affairs at the
Mariinsky Theatre where she produced the 2008 Laureus Awards Ceremony,
festivals and shows including Aida and Verdi’s Requiem both directed by
Daniele Finzi Pasca.
Igor Matvienko / Music Producer
Igor is a music composer and producer of popular Russian bands. His songs
aren't just one-hit wonders, they've become popular Russian songs over the
course of a long period. His music studio in Moscow is a unique place where
orchestras, choirs and rock bands can be recorded, and has been used to
record most of the music for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games Opening and
Scott Willsallen / Audio Designer
Scott is a leading expert in audio systems design for major international
events and sporting venues, with design credits including five Olympic,
Asian and Commonwealth Games Ceremonies. An award-winning
professional, Scott also works with large sporting venues to design technical
infrastructure to enable large-scale sporting and concert events.
Maxim Kirienko / CG Supervisor
A leading expert in computer graphics, programming, computer research
and developments, Maxim was also CG Supervisor of the Sochi 2014
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. He has completed a number of large
computer graphics and SFX projects, both in Russia and abroad, and has
been a CG Supervisor for several Hollywood blockbusters.
Annalisa Barbieri / Artistic Producer
Annalisa is an Artistic Producer of large-scale events, stadium shows
and ceremonies. She has worked on the Turin 2006 Olympic Opening
Ceremony, XVI Mediterranean Games Opening Ceremony in Italy
2009, Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2010, the Turkmenistan
XX Independence Anniversary in 2011, and the London 2012 Paralympic
Roberto Vitalini / Light Forest Video Designer
Roberto is creative director of bashiba.com, a company dedicated to
immersive entertainment: video art, interactive art, video scenography
and light sculptures. He was Video Set Designer for the operas Love from
Afar (English National Opera), Aida (Mariinsky Theatre), Verdi's Requiem,
and for the theatre shows Donka and La Verità, all directed by Daniele
Finzi Pasca. Roberto is Light Forest Video Designer for the forthcoming
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
Geneviève Dupéré / Co-Aerial Choreographer
Geneviève has worked in France and Quebec with international festivals,
street theatre and circus organisations. She's been involved with mentally
disabled people for many years through Sans Oublier le Sourire. She
joined Compagnia Finzi Pasca's creative team as Assistant Director and
General Stage Manager for Nebbia in 2006 and has since taken on artistic
assistance for the company’s touring shows, operas and special projects.
She’s also part of the creative team for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games
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Alexis Bowles / Light Forest Co-Artistic Director
Alexis has experience in both lighting design and music production –
a symbiosis of ambiance, texture, rhythm and timing. He’s worked with
Daniele Finzi Pasca since 2003: as Lighting Director for Rain, Nebbia,
Donka and Icaro, and as Lighting Designer on operas including L’Amour
de loin, Pagliacci, Verdi’s Aïda and Requiem. His recent work includes the
world tour of La Verità for Compagnia Finzi Pasca and the forthcoming
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Gina Chan Martinez & Rocky Smith /
Co-Directors of Mass Choreography & Chartists
Gina and Rocky are from Manchester, England. They've been working as
Mass Choreographers and Chartists for ceremonies and large stadium
events worldwide since 2002. This is their 40th event. Credits include the
London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Athens 2004 Olympics, South
Africa 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002,
Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.
Joseph Cristiani / Video Content Producer
Joseph Cristiani began his career in France, where his credits included
Technical Director for the large amusement park, Astérix, before specialising
in the use of new image technologies for live performing art. In 2003
he founded Cosmo av, with Pierre-Yves Toulot, which is recognised
internationally for its video mapping and expertise in architectural and
monumental projections. Recent projects include 3 sites, 3 visions at the
Saint-Jospeh Church, the city hall and the casino in Enghien-les-Bains, and
Théatre d’images at arenas, the clock tower and museum in Nîmes.
Pierre Yves Toulot / Video Content Producer
Pierre-Yves Toulot began his carreer as a lighting designer for live performing
arts. In 2003 he founded Cosmo av, with Joseph Cristiani, which is
recognised internationally for its video mapping and expertise in architectural
and monumental projections. Credits include the Victoria’s Secret fashion
show in the USA, Grand Front Osaka in Japan, the XVII Mediterranean
Games in Turkey, Circle of Light Festival at the Bolshoi Theatre, ice show
TV spectacles in France, and he was an advisor for the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games.
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Andrei Nasonovskiy / Executive Producer/General Director
Andrey Nasonovskiy is Executive Producer of the Sochi 2014 Opening
and Closing Ceremonies for the XXII Olympic Games and XI Paralympic
Games. Andrey is Director General of the Ceremonies Staging Agency,
responsible for the creative concepts, producing and staging the
Ceremonies. Andrey is a producer with dozens of local and international
large-scale events to his credit. His shows have been highly acclaimedby
international experts in the entertainment industry and received a number
of professional awards.
Irina Prokhorova / Executive Director
Irina Prokhorova is Executive Director of the Ceremonies Staging Agency
with over 20 years’ experience in managing both Russian and international
projects. She is one of the leading professionals in launching new large-scale
projects and business development. A member of the European Society
for Risk Analysis, Irina has been a consultant to the World Bank and other
international organisations. Irina has had extensive experience in dealing
with government bodies and state administration.
Alexander Faifman / First Deputy General Director
Alexander Faifman is the First Deputy Director General of the Ceremonies
Staging Agency. One of the leading television producers, he has created and
produced many TV programmes, music festivals and other landmark events.
Alexander is General Producer and First Deputy Director General of Channel
One Russia and a member of the International TV Academy EMMY Awards.
Alexander has won five “TEFI” awards and the State Committee for Sports
Award. He has also been awarded ‘The Order of Honor’.
Scott Givens / Executive Producer
Sochi 2014 Olympic Ceremonies Executive Producer, Scott Givens is an
Olympic Ceremonies producer with many large-scale events to his credit,
including Olympic Games. Scott was awarded the prestigious Olympic
Order in 2002, and his productions have received numerous Emmy Awards,
Telly Awards and Sports Business Awards.
Marco Balich / Artistic Executive Producer
Marco is a Creative Director and Executive Producer of worldwide large
scale events and ceremonies, with more than 20 years experience in the
entertainment industry. He’s currently President of Balich Worldwide
Shows srl, Artistic Director of Expo 2015 (Italian Pavilion) and Executive
Producer of Rio 2016 Olympic Ceremonies. Shows he’s directed and
produced include: the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of Turin 2006
Olympic Games, Fiat 500 World Premiere 2007, Carnival of Venice in
2008, 2009 and 2010, Donbass Arena Opening Ceremony 2009, Mexico
Bicentennial Celebrations in 2010, Shakhtar Donetsk 75th Anniversary in
2011, UEFA Euro 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Rio
2016 Olympic and Paralympic Flag Handover Ceremonies at London 2012.
Gianmaria Serra / Artistic Co-Executive Producer
Gianmaria began his career as a production manager, and went on to
become Executive Producer of ad campaigns, music videos, TV programmes
and large scale events, including: Turin 2006 Olympic Games Closing
Ceremony, Fiat 500 World Premiere 2007, The Concert for Peace
(Bethlehem 2001, Jerusalem 2006), Carnival of Venice (2009-10), XVI
Mediterranean Games Opening Ceremony in Italy 2009, Donbass Arena
Opening Ceremony 2009, Aerostat project for the New Delhi 2010
Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Flag
Handover Ceremonies at London 2012.
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Laura Cappelli / Producer & Project Manager
Laura’s career began in 1990 as a Production Assistant on music tours
across Italy. She went on to work on several projects with MTV Italy,
including national and international music film festivals and documentaries,
plus strategic planning and new business development. In 2008 she became
Project Leader on the company’s most complex projects. Since 2010 she’s
been Project Manager at Filmmaster Events, working on the Turkmenistan
XX Independence Anniversary in 2011, the America’s Cup 2013 and the Rio
2016 Olympic and Paralympic Flag Handover Ceremonies at London 2012.
Mik Auckland / Production Executive
Mik has been working in the theatre and event industry for more than 25
years. His early theatre career as a stage manager and technical director
prepared him for the transition to public events and the Sydney Olympic
Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Mik has filled Operations and Technical
Director roles on FIFA and Rugby World Cup Ceremonies and has worked
on four summer Olympic Games Ceremonies, including London 2012 as the
Director of Operations. In late 2012 Mik and his wife Celia Smith established
Red Thread Solutions Ltd, a company providing consultancy and production
solutions to the public events industry.
James Lee / Technical Producer
James is the leading expert in event technical management. He has been
working extensively in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. For
the past 14 years he has specialised in technical production for sports
ceremonies and other large-scale live events. These include the London
2012, Vancouver 2010 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Doha 2006
Asian Games, 2011 Arab Games and Pan American Games in Rio 2007.
Nick Eltis / Senior Technical Director
Nick's recent credits include the Athens 2011 Special Olympics World
Summer Games, Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
National Day 2007, 2008 and 2009, the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup Opening
Ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games,
Shanghai World Expo 2010 (Australian Pavilion), Japan World Expo 2005
(Australian Pavilion), Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004,
and the Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia. He’s also consulted on major
international events, including the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies.
Joseph Frisina / Technical Director
After beginning his career as a technician and stage manager in theatre
and touring productions, Joe moved into technical management working
on productions in Australasia. After moving into large scale public events,
Joe took on roles for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics
in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012, as well as the Common-
wealth Games in Melbourne 2006 and Rugby World Cup 2003. Joe has also
worked as a technical and project director on events throughout Europe,
Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Sam Hunter / Associate Producer, Show Control
Sam is one of the leading experts in stage management, professional and
mass cast management. She held the role of Ceremonies Production Stage
Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Vancouver
2010 and Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Athens 2004 Olympic
Games, and Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. She was the
Associate Producer on the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011.
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Официальные речи и общая информация
Официальные речи 66-73
Россия в отражениях 74-75
История олимпийских церемоний 76
Церемония закрытия 79
Другие церемонии «Сочи-2014» 80
Церемония закрытия, подробное описание
Обратный отсчет 82-83
Небо и море 84-89
Герои Игр 90-91
Мир Малевича, Кандинского, Шагала 92-93
Волшебство цирка 100-101
Церемония передачи флага 102-103
Вместе в путь 104-105
Официальные речи 106-107
Зеркальный мир 108-109
Новая весна 110-111
Команда по подготовке Церемонии
Творческая группа Церемонии 118-119
Руководство Церемонии 120-123
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Сегодня вечером подходят к концу 16 знаменательных дней Олимпийских зимних игр 2014 года в Сочи,
но воспоминания о прошедших событиях будут с нами еще долгие годы.
Мы с замиранием сердца наблюдали за выступлениями спортсменов со всего мира, вдохновленные
примером преданности идеалам спорта. Олимпийские ценности ожили на снежных и ледовых аренах в
этом прекрасном уголке России. Проявив подлинный олимпийский характер, спортсмены соревновались
в честной борьбе и уважении к своим соперникам.
Во время Игр спортсмены всегда в центре внимания, однако не будем забывать и о многих других, кто
способствовал успеху Игр 2014 года в Сочи. Мы благодарны россиянам за дружественный и теплый
прием и огромную работу в деле организации и проведения такого незабываемого события мирового
уровня, как Олимпийские игры.
В частности, я хочу особенно отметить работу тысяч волонтеров, которые не жалели времени, сил
и энтузиазма для достижения этой цели. Я также хочу отметить превосходную работу всей команды
Оргкомитета «Сочи 2014», который не просто выступил в роли организатора Игр, но целенаправленно
работал над созданием долговременного положительного наследия для всего региона.
И, наконец, позвольте отметить работу СМИ, которые смогли погрузить зрителей по всему миру в
волнующую атмосферу Игр 2014 года в Сочи, посылая репортажи и фотоотчеты непосредственно с мест
проведения соревнований. Вы зафиксировали исторические события, тем самым продлив жизнь этих
мгновений на многие десятилетия и сделав будущие поколения свидетелями сегодняшних событий.
Праздничная Церемония закрытия Игр всегда имеет горьковатый привкус. Все волнения, эмоции и
динамизм соревнований позади, но дух Игр продолжает жить. И хотя вскоре мы все возвратимся к нашим
обычным делам и обязанностям, мы покидаем Сочи с новыми знакомствами, новыми впечатлениями
и новым представлением о человеческих возможностях.
Так давайте сохраним неповторимое ощущение настоящего мастерства, дружбы и уважения, которое
щедро подарил нам олимпийский Сочи, и поделимся им со своими родными и близкими!
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Председатель Координационной комиссии МОК
Сегодня вечером на Олимпийском стадионе «Фишт» пройдет Церемония закрытия XXII Олимпийских
зимних игр, знаменуя завершение 16-дневного цикла спортивных соревнований, отмеченных
высочайшими достижениями спортсменов и глубоким эмоциональным контекстом.
Истинными героями этих дней стали атлеты, самые важные участники Игр, выдающиеся выступления
которых вызвали всеобщее восхищение и стали примером спортивного мастерства, уважения и дружбы,
особенно для молодого поколения, сегодня и в будущем. Позвольте поблагодарить их, а также всех тех,
кто трудился и внес свой вклад в дело успешного проведения первых Олимпийских зимних игр в России!
Я благодарю россиян за теплый прием и неподдельную любовь к спорту, за тот эмоциональный посыл,
который мы ощутили во время соревнований на всех спортивных объектах Прибрежного и Горного
кластеров. Благодарю также правительство Российской Федерации и представителей органов власти за
оказание постоянной помощи и поддержки с первых дней подготовки Игр в Сочи.
Моя особая благодарность – команде Оргкомитета «Сочи 2014», которой удалось с успехом преодолеть
различные трудности на пути к успеху Олимпиады и подготовить Игры, поразившие воображение
спортсменов и зрителей. Благодарю тысячи волонтеров за ежедневную преданность нашему общему
делу, энтузиазм и незабываемые улыбки.
Я также хотел бы поблагодарить коллег из Координационной комиссии МОК за тот огромный объем
работы и бесконечную преданность делу подготовки Олимпийских игр, которые они продемонстрировали
за последние 6 лет.
Эти Игры никогда не получили бы должного внимания во всем мире, если бы вы, уважаемые
представители СМИ, не освещали их в статьях, фото- и видеорепортажах, передавая уникальный и
незабываемый опыт Игр, саму удивительную атмосферу события, вдохновляющего сердца зрителей по
И хотя сегодня мы празднуем завершение XXII Олимпийских зимних игр в Сочи, нет никаких сомнений в
том, что посыл Игр приобретет характер истинного и устойчивого наследия для жителей Сочи, Кавказа
и России в целом. Оргкомитет «Сочи 2014» сыграл свою роль в продвижении олимпийских ценностей,
несомненно, открыв Игры для нового поколения.
Не подлежит разглашению до 20:14 по Москве, 23 февраля 2014 г.