100+ Behind the Scenes #Sochi Opening Ceremony Photos and Videos

The greatness and diversity of Russia through the eyes of a child

Behind the Scenes

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  • The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games took place in the new Fisht Olympic Stadium.

    “We wanted to tell the story of our great country as it has not been done by anyone. We wanted to make 3 billion viewers see the greatness and diversity of Russia through the eyes of a child – the main heroine of Ceremony, a little girl named Lyuba (Love). The girl became a kind of metaphor for the soul of Russia.”
    Andrew Boltenko, Director / Writer

    The music included pieces by Alexander Borodin, Georgy Sviridov, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, with selections from “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” Russian pop duo t.A.T.u.’s song “Not Gonna Get Us” announced the arrival of Russia’s athletes during the parade of nations.

    Below, a behind the scenes look from the Opening Ceremony with photos and videos from the Sochi performers.

    American choreographer Daniel Ezralow

    40,000 pillows and gift bags

    Hair and Makeup

    Ballroom Dancers

    Constellations

    20th Century

    Backstage

    Olympic flame keeper’s room and Sochi 2014 Olympic Cauldron

    Konstantin Ernst, director of the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

    The End