Wondrous Wind” was the title of the ceremony that involved more than 4,500 performers: from the Kopetdag mountains to the shores of the Caspian Sea, Wondrous Wind took us on a spectacular journey across Turkmenistan, as the Ashgabat 2017 Games were heading towards the end and thousands of competing athletes were celebrating their achievements.

The set design was characterized by a central ring measuring 30m diameter, suspended 30m above the field of play by a complex set of catenary cables spanning the length and the width of the venue. The central ring grid weighed 45,000kg with thousands of metres of cable, which was required to keep it suspended in the air. One massive projection curtain of 27m diameter descended around the central stage area. A custom stage lift of 12m depth, 20m in diameter and 30,000kg weight, revealing scenes, cast and sets.

Props and scenic elements were protagonists of the show with 1 yurt projection structure of 30m diameter, 1 hot air balloon, 1 kinetic wave, 1 zoetrope sphere, 4 clouds, 9 boats, 3 windsurfs, 3 surfs, 550 cotton props, 300 sea props, 550 blossoming capes, 36 drums, 9 lanterns, 100 LED bikes and helmets.

Facts and figures
Team: 742 people from 39 nations
Cast: 4,506 Performers, 521 Professional performers (dancers, singers, musicians), 1,622 Volunteers
Music: 200 Musicians involved in recordings
Technical: 700 Tonnes of freight, 360 Speakers, 22km of Cables
Costumes: 75,000 items

Props and Scenic Elements
1 Yurt projection structure of 30m diameter, 1 Hot air balloon, 1 Kinetic wave, 1 Zoetrope sphere, 4 Clouds, 9 Boats, 3 Windsurfs, 3 Surfs, 550 Cotton props, 300 Sea props, 550 Blossoming capes, 36 Drums, 100 LED Bikes, 100 LED Helmets, 9 Lanterns.

CREDITS

Executive Creative Director
Marco Balich

Creative Director
Simone Ferrari

Executive Producer
Gianmaria Serra

Ceremony Producer
Laura Cappelli

Photos by Luca Parisse