Posted on February 6, 2014
Ivan Vasiliev is to dance in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7.
The spectacular event will be televised around the world, with UK coverage starting at 3.30pm on BBC Two. Vasiliev will dance in a War and Peace section inspired by Russian history, with choreography by Radu Poklitaru.
UPDATE: Vasiliev appeared in the Tolstoy-themed section with Svetlana Zakharova as Natasha. Later, the ceremony showed the Olympic “doves of peace”, with Diana Vishneva dancing to music from Swan Lake.
UK readers can watch the ceremony on BBC iPlayer here. The War and Peace ballet section starts two and a quarter hours into the broadcast, at 2.15:50. The “doves of peace” section, with Diana Vishneva, starts at 2:57:18.
Picture: Svetlana Lunkina and Ivan Vasiliev in Le Jeune homme et la Mort. Photograph: Irina Lepnyova