We had the chance to have an interview with this year’s stage designer Claus Zier. He has already designed several stages for the Danish pre selections and he is famous for his cool projects.
Last year the Swedish broadcaster SVT wanted to make everything a scale smaller, but this year the Danish broadcaster seems to make it bigger again, not in terms of the size of the arena, more in the stage design. The aim was to make it more minimalistic, with the Scandinavian look and feel and a bit of MTV.
As you can see on the stage images the big cube is very prominent. The stage elements are not moving, but with the lighting techniques almost all atmospheres can be created. There is a big LED background which is widely spread out to give the feeling of maximal size and bigness.
The B & W Hallerene is an old shipyard where many ships have been built. The designer wanted to take this motive as a main theme. The cube is pointing to the audience like a big ship prow. This shape can also be found in the logo – it’s a hexagon and has the hard roughness of a shipyard and on the other hand beautiful light which is symbolized by the glitter, light and music from the Eurovision Song Contest.
The illuminated floor is nothing really new, this has been introduced in Riga 2003, but the technique which is being used is new and offers more magnificent views, this is open for a lot of creativity.
The green room, where all the artists sit and wait is located in the middle of the arena. This is also aligning with this year’s motto “#JoinUs”, that all singers can be seen throughout the shows.
The whole cube is like a big entertainment box with the latest light design, glass foil surfaces with 3D effect can be used as projectors, as desired by the delegation, in some performances you can’t see them at all.
There will be approximately 11.000 spectators fitting in the arena this year, and around 180 – 200 million TV spectators to be expected.
Here the interview with the stage designer Claus Zier