2014 stage designer selected
Every year, the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest is something special. It is not just a simple platform for the artists to perform on, but the heart and identity of the Eurovision year and host country. Thus, every year it is highly anticipated and subject of much discussion.
Today, DR, the national broadcaster of Denmark and host broadcaster, revealed who has been given the honor of designing the 2014 stage. It will be the experienced Danish stage designer Claus Zier, in cooperation with 3 architects.
5 DMGP stages
Zier has designed a large variety of stages, ranging from the Danish version of The X Factor, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars, to many other Danish entertainment and award shows. But he isn’t new to Eurovision. Zier was the stage designer of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish selection show for Eurovision.
“I’m so proud”
Now, Zier will graduate to designing an actual Eurovision Song Contest stage and is very excited about the fact. “I couldn’t believe it when I was asked to do the stage design for the Eurovision Song Contest. For several days I was knocking on wood and pinching myself. It’s a dream. I’m so proud,” he said to dr.dk.
A fascinating transformation
Like many others on the Eurovision team, Zier is excited about the juxtaposition between the modern glitzy show and the rustic industrial venue on Refshaleøen. “I’ve never done anything this big. It’s a fantastic opportunity to do such a grand show in the rusty industrial hall. I’ve been there and you can feel the history of the hall when you’re in it. The transformation we will do is very fascinating. It’s magical,” he said.
Nothing about the stage is final but the visions and ambitions are great. “The stage design must be so strong that you aren’t in doubt about it being the same show you’re watching, even though there are different expressions for each country. We have a fantastic height which we must take advantage of and we need to get magic into this room,” said the stage designer.
The executive producer, Pernille Gaardbo, aims just as high. “It would make me so proud if we could move something, make the Danes proud, and the Europeans happy. The greatest would be to leave an impression of being a community. Not just Saturday night entertainment,” she said to dr.dk.
Source: dr.dk Photo courtesy: DR, clauszier.dk