The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will end with a Closing Ceremony in the Fisht Olympic stadium. The ceremony, which will provide a bright and emotional conclusion to the Games, will be dedicated to Russian culture. The audience will be presented with a European vision of Russia, in a show directed by world-renowned director Daniele Finzi Pasca who became the screenwriter and director of the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony after joining a Russian team, which also included creative director Konstantin Ernst and executive producer Andrei Nasonovskiy.
“In order to present our culture objectively we decided to look at it through a European’s perspective, through the eyes of a man born in the very heart of Europe: prominent director Daniele Finzi Pasca. We wanted to see how Russian culture reflects in the world art context and which part of Russian culture has already become an integral part of world culture”, Konstantin Ernst said.
Spectators of the Closing Ceremony at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will once again meet Lubov (Love), the young girl who was already introduced during the Opening Ceremony. Along with her new friends Valentina and Yura, she will travel through Russian culture, turning the pages of Russian literature, enjoying the magic of Russian art and listening to the wonderful sounds of Russian music.
As per tradition, a part of the Closing Ceremony will be dedicated to handing the Olympic flag over to the host of the future Winter Games – the city of PyeongChang. Spectators will be presented with an eight-minute show introducing Korea’s five-millennia-old history. During the presentation, the sounds of a gayageum (a traditional Korean musical instrument) will be heard.
Notes to the Editor
Konstantin Ernst/Chief Creative Director
Creative Director, screenwriter of the Closing Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi. General Director of Channel One, producer of more than 300 large-scale television projects, producer and co-writer of scripts for large film projects, including the blockbusters Day Watch, Night Watch and many others. Creative director of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, recognized by the European Broadcasting Union as the best in the history of the competition. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards.
Daniele Finzi Pasca/ Artistic Director, Screenwriter and Director
An internationally recognized screenwriter and director, Daniele Pasca has created dozens of performances that have had enormous success in many countries. Among them Corteo for Cirque du Soleil, Trilogy of the Sky: Nomade, Rain and Nebbia, Aida and Requiem by Verdi for the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev as music director.
For 25 years, Pasca has staged his solo performance Icaro, which became a symbol of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, which he founded.
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 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 acclaimed by international experts in the entertainment industry and received a number of professional awards.