Industrialization in bodysuit form.
Kevin, are you still quoting from War and Peace or are you giving colour commentary to the "infamies and horrors" on the screen in front of us.
It cost around $762 million dollars to build this 40,000-seat stadium (it was originally budgeted at c. $54 million)...just wondering why is it so empty? Also, cool '60s dresses.
Audience is now enjoying a visit to a nostalgiac museum, where Soviet achievements of the latter half of the 20th century are celebrated.
Babies! Although, the mothers' costumes with their red headscarves and white smock dresses look a little Handmaid's Tale to me.
Now reviewing the dissolving of the Soviet Union
Now we enter a stage called 'The Dove of Peace'. That's right - we're still in the Soviet era.
Incredible choreography and effects. But not sure the world outside Russia understands what exactly is happening inside Fisht Stadium.
Meanwhile, back in Toronto. City raises rainbow flag in support of LGBT community. Mayor Rob Ford objects, saying it puts sexual preference over patriotism. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly says the idea is that the city respects all communities.
And now, back to Sochi.
The history lesson is complete, and now it's time for some speeches.
The montage of the Olympic flame's trip across Russia left out the bit where it was re-routed to avoid a danger zone.
@ChangLi: you have a good point. And I didn't see an athletes complain.
IOC boss Thomas Bach is giving a longish speech in which he touches glancingly on 'discrimination'. Good that he said something, but it was a long, long way from definitive.