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Refugee crisis to take center stage at semi-final 1 of Eurovision 2016

Refugee crisis to take center stage at semi-final 1 of Eurovision 2016

| On 05, May 2016

When Europe starts voting in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the glitter and big effects will be left behind to focus on a much more serious subject.

 

Grey people moving over land and water

The refugee crisis will leave its mark on the first semi-final, interpreted by a dance number dubbed Grey People.

“We give attention to a very serious topic in a glittery entertainment show. A big challenge, but I think we will pull it off by trying with an artistic and abstract interpretation of today’s situation and the challenge that Europe faces,” said Sven Stajanovic, 2016 Show Producer, to svt.se.

 

interval act semifinal 1 2016 eurovision

 

The unknown

The interval act, directed by Fredrik ”Benke” Rydman and Jennie Widegren, will feature 18 dancers and a child, all dressed in grey. According to SVT, the act has brought some of the dancers to tears.

The directors interpret the grey as the unknown that is felt towards the people coming to Europe, before a personal relationship is established and prejudices are still in place. “It’s not until you remove the grey that you get to know the real person,” said Fredrik ”Benke” Rydman.

 

Human empathy

As to why you would bring something this serious into an entertainment show, Benke states that once you actually start talking within the format that Eurovision is, it will start to mean something for real.

Show Producer Sven further states: “We want to make people stand up and think, while also infusing warmth and hope of greater human empathy.”

 

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 airs live from Stockholm on Tuesday, May 10.

 

Photos: Lina Åhman / SVT

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