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Paralympic opening to praise one of great Russian inventions

March 07, 2014, 19:02 UTC+3 ROME
The Paralympic closing on March 16 would be the first one ever directed by a woman
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ROME, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The opening ceremony of the Sochi Paralympics will praise a great Russian invention famous worldwide, its executive producer, renowned Italian director of Olympic ceremonies Marco Balich told Itar-Tass but did not lift the veil of secrecy over the spectacle due at 8pm Moscow time on Friday.

“The idea behind the ceremony is to praise the human spirit, we wanted to show how important it is to overcome barriers,” he said.

Balich is an acclaimed director of grand performances and one of the invariable producers of the Olympic ceremonies. He contributed to Salt Lake City celebrations, was a creative director and executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies at the Turin Games and executive producer of the memorable closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi. His next work will be presented at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

“Sport shows require a great deal of work on major performances, a huge spectacle that should be an integral whole and go according to a strict scenario where you cannot mistake a whit,” Balich said.

The most difficult thing at the closing ceremony was not to repeat oneself and tell about those things not covered at the opening ceremony. “Our chief success is that we brought a piece of Russian culture to all corners of the world” and did it without involving foreign celebrities, believes the producer.

Balich described his 1.5-year work in Russia as an unforgettable time in “a beautiful country, an incredible land rich in surprises that cannot be fully grasped” with new discoveries one constantly faces in Russia.

He added the Paralympic closing on March 16 would be the first one ever directed by a woman - a long-time employee of his company Lida Castelli.

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