Yesterday I, like many others across the globe, tuned in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Games. I'm always interested in how each country chooses to display itself. For Sochi, Russia showed us its great rich history. The theme was about a series of dreams with showed Russia throughout the years. While I enjoyed the jaw dropping special effects and cheering for team USA (which by the way had the cutest uniforms), my favorite part of the opening ceremony was the ballet, yup they had ballet!
I always hope and wish that there is some sort of form of dance in the Opening Ceremony and I'm happy to say that yesterday had it! As part of their history segments the ceremony showed us a romantic ballroom scene from the Russian novel "War and Peace" with the amazing Svetlana Zakharova, Danila Korsuntsev and Ivan Vasiliev. Svetlana showed her famously long gorgeous lines which seemed to never end. However she wouldn't have been as lovely without her amazing partner Danila. But what really drew gasps was Ivan Vasiliev and his spectacular leaps.
Later Diana Vishneva entered the stage wearing what can only be described as a electric blue flower costume and danced a piece called "Dove of Peace" with other dancers dressed the same. The dance was very much different then the "Ballroom scene." It was more of a neoclassical piece while the "Ballroom scene" was much more classical. As the lights shined on the dancers I have to say this piece reminded me of a abstract painting with different patterns and shapes that oddly fit together!
I am so happy that ballet is getting more attention from this Opening Ceremony. The only thing that really bothered me was how the camera kept on zooming out during the dances (seriously?). But it was really wonderful that Russia showed us its art as well as its history.
Let the games begin!