As in Olympics’ Closing Ceremonies go, I thought
the country of Russia, did an outstanding job!
The presentations, that were centered on their
heritage and culture, were moving, dynamic and
lovely. I am full of adjectives like “innovative”
It was called “A Tribute to the Arts.”
I enjoyed the artistic features of Marc Chagall
as one of the Russian artists.
I almost could not find the spelling of the other
artist who was mentioned, I did not recognize the
It sounded like “Malcheck” or “Malaczech.” Once I
studied the wonderful directory of Russian artists,
I did recognize him to be: Kazimir Malevich. Well,
I was close! (Smile!)
Malevich was an avante garde artist and his paintings
were used for inspiration in the dance performances
and the mural like artwork on the field. He lived from
1878- 1935, as a Polish descendant Russian.
They featured black fish swimming around to form
the classic Olympic circles on the ground, This
glowed like shimmering silver rings. This was
carried out through people moving, carrying fish
fins to create the whole display.
There was some humor in that during the Opening
Ceremony, there was a ‘glitch’ where one of the
circles didn’t light up. I think the inclusion of
this display was to balance out the mistake of
the original ceremony. During this portion of the
Closing Ceremony, they had 62 pianists playing.
The fantastic upside-down village floating above the
field with the bright and lively painted design of
one of Marc Chagall’s pieces was delightful. I have
had some acquaintance with his work, since my parents
usually sent UNICEF cards featuring his designs. His
use of a dove to represent Peace and also, the Holy
Spirit at Christmas, is well known. One of Chagall’s
famous pieces, “I the Village,” shows his child-like
and dreamy artwork. His pieces may bring the observer
to smile, as if it were their own memories of some
imaginary times. We have put together, as a family, a
couple of his pieces into a picture puzzle, over the
Chagall lived from 1887 until 1985. Since he later
moved to France, Chagall is considered a Russian-
Someone asked, as a commentator, “Why was the village
upside down?” the answer was seemingly that Chagall
viewed the world as ‘upside down.’
I enjoyed the bold colors, dramatic dancing people
who wore wings, looking like Chagall’s doves or birds.
The ethnic, country Russian music was reminiscent of
the cultural music featured in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
This musical was set in Tsarist Russia, 1905.
There was a dramatic tribute to the Opera and this
utilized the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet dancers. This
was a beautiful exhibition of talent and skill.
There were floating dancers and gymnasts, similar
in the Cirque du Soleil type performances.
I was left with the impression of looking at Life
from a different lens. I am sure that this positive
impression, promoted by the Russian government, was
meant as propaganda.
The image of ‘Freedom of Expression,’ through their
“Tribute to the Arts,” shown during the 2014 Olympics
Closing Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia was simply ironic.