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DR adds another key member to the Eurovision team

DR adds another key member to the Eurovision team
  • On September 11, 2013

The team who will be responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen is growing.

DR, the Danish national broadcaster, has chosen Kenneth Kreutzmann as Chief Stage Director. This is the person who is responsible for the opening and interval acts of the three big shows in May.


Not entirely new to Eurovision

Kreutzmann, 49, is a trained modern dancer, choreographer, and stage director. He has danced around the world and directed some of the biggest theater productions in Denmark. When it comes to Eurovision, he isn’t entirely new. Back in 1984, Kreutzmann was a dancer with Kirsten Sigaard and Søren Bundgaard in the Danish national selection show for Eurovision, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, with the song “Det’ Lige Det’.” Seventeen years later, he joined the jury panel for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2010. Now, he has been given the task to be Chief Stage Director of Eurovision Song Contest 2014.


“Join Us” is a guideline

“Our slogan “Join Us” is a guideline for the work. We want to involve the audience more. And we want to reach all the way to the viewers and let them be moved by what they see. Of course it has to be nice and spectacular, but the most important is to tell a story you can identify with,” he said to Kreutzmann mentioned the opening of Semi-Final 1 in Malmö this year with Loreen and the children’s choir as a good example of this.


Something happening in the air

DR chose a very different venue for this year’s contest, with the old B&W shipyard and huge production halls. This is a great source of inspiration for the director. “The raw shipyard is a very special location, that I will take into consideration. The fact that there is 60 meters to the ceiling calls for something to happen in the air,” he said. “But I will always consider creating a language that speaks equally to the camera and the live audience. All of Europe will be watching.”


Source:  Photo: Michael Bothager & Østre Gasværk Teater

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