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Olympic opening ceremony athletes parade take less time than before

February 07, 2014, 14:37 UTC+3 SOCHI

Promoters have tried to make it fast and dynamic in Sochi

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SOCHI, February 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The Olympic opening ceremony parade of nations will take less time and be more dynamic than at the previous Olympic Games, the chief creative producer of the ceremony and the scenario author, Konstantin Ernst, told reporters. He is Director-General of Russian TV Channel One.

"It is one more secret I reveal," he said. Konstantin Ernst added that usually the parade of athletes is the most tiresome and longest part of the opening ceremony. Promoters have tried to make it fast and dynamic in Sochi. A special floor is created with a picture of Earth to be projected on it. When athletes come out, the picture will turn for them to come as if from the centre of their country.

Mixes of most known Russian songs of the past 20 years are used for the musical accompaniment. 'We want athletes not only to walk, but dance. It is the beginning of their great festivity," Ernst said.

The ceremony will consist of 18 parts, each representing a stage of Russian history. When asked by a British journalist whether one of the parts would be devoted to the 1917 revolution, Ernst answered yes. One of the parts is devoted to the early 20th century, and of course the revolution. The part will be in an avant-garde art style.

Ernst declined to tell reporters who would light the Olympic flame, saying it was most secret.

The producer said he would also reveal that spectators would watch a ballet performance of leading Russian ballet dancers.

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will begin on February 7 at 20:14 Moscow time at Fisht stadium. It will last 160 minutes. Participating in the ceremony will be 3,000 actors and 2,000 volunteers, with 6,000 costumes to be used. The ceremony will be concluded with fireworks. The weight of prepared fireworks totals 22.5 tonnes. The heaviest scenery weighs 4.8 tonnes.

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