As we suspected, the 2014 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony Friday night was nothing short of sensational. A flashy and mind-boggling revue spanning Russia’s rich history, it had all the ingredients necessary for a Broadway-sized spectacle—multiplied by a bajillion. Special effects? Check. Amazing sets? Check. Wacky costumes? Check. Far-out symbolism that was slightly over everyone’s heads? Check!
Missed it? Here’s a rundown of our five favorite moments (excluding the ever-trending snowflake-to-ring debacle):
1. Svetlana Zakharova. Need we say more? The Bolshoi star appeared during the section representing Russia’s Imperial age with a tribute to Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Plot line? Didn’t matter—once Zakharova displayed some leg and foot action, the night was complete.
2. Ivan Vasiliev. Also part of the War and Peace dance break, he broke the mold with this manège:
3. The human-size hamster wheels plus all the dance and theatrics during the Age of Industrialization section.
4. These light-up roller-skaters and sky-bound illuminations:
5. That moment when we thought it was over, but then Mariinsky star Diana Vishneva appeared and twirled to music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, MOMIX-style (the ceremony’s choreographer, Daniel Ezralow, was one of MOMIX’s original dancers and choreographers):
Bonus: Team USA’s promenade into Fisht Olympic Stadium. USA! USA! (PS: If anyone has an “in” at Ralph Lauren, I’d love a complimentary USA sweater. Thanks!)